Willamette River Cleanup

It’s Your River.  It’s Your Voice.  It’s Your Choice.

June Willamette Insider Newsletter

Download the The Willamette Insider newsletter here.  Please join us for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Collaborative GroupOBSERVER (PUBLIC) AGENDA(v. 6-2-2021) Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021Meeting Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Optional sections between 4:30 – 5:00...

May CAG Meeting

CAG General Meeting May 12, 2021   CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor   Scott Burr, Tech Advisor Caleb Shaffer, EPA Superfund Project Manager   Number of Participants: 43   Sarah Taylor Introductions. Welcome and thanks...

Please Join Our Virtual CAG Meeting. Wednesday, May 12 At 6:30 p.m. Pacific

Please Join Our Virtual CAG Meeting. Wednesday, May 12 At 6:30 p.m. PacificClick Here For The Zoom Link  Happy May everyone.  With April showers, we get May flowers, International Labors Day, Cinco De Mayo, and Mothers Day. We also get another opportunity to come...

Metro Council to consider additional cleanup options at Willamette Cove

Reported on oregonmetro.gov By Kelsey Wallace April 28, 2021 11:54 a.m. Bylined articles are written by Metro staff and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Metro or the Metro Council. Learn more The Metro Council began to unpack the complicated cleanup effort...

Apply by Friday, May 21st* City of Portland Now Accepting Applications for Portland Harbor Community Grants!

The City’s Portland Harbor Program is now accepting grant applications to support communities’ participation in the Superfund cleanup. BIPOC-led organizations and groups with strong relationships with communities disproportionately impacted by the Portland Harbor site...

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About the Portland Harbor Cleanup Site

The Portland Harbor Site spans 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River. The river sediments, surface water, and the fish that reside in the harbor have high levels of PCBs, PAHs, dioxins/furans, DDT and other pesticides which present an unacceptable risk to people’s health, especially subsistence and tribal fishers, and to the environment.

Under EPA cleanup plan, contaminated sediments at the site will be addressed through dredging, capping, enhanced natural recovery, and monitored natural recovery. Approximately 394 acres of sediment, out of 2,190 total acres in the site, will be actively remediated with dredging and capping, including removal of over three million cubic yards of contaminated sediments. Approximately 1,774 acres of the site with lower contaminant levels are expected to recover naturally over time.

Active cleanup construction work is expected to take about 13 years and cost $1 billion. Following the active cleanup construction phase, EPA expects a 100-fold reduction in contamination-related cancer and other serious risks. The river’s natural recovery process will further reduce these risks.

From US EPA: EPA is convening a Cathedral Park Project Area Working Group for EPA’s initial sampling work. Please read below for more information!  Working Group Purpose:  Discuss community education and engagement opportunities for EPA’s initial sampling work at the...

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Salmon Habitat, Columbia Slough and NRDA Restoration

Please Join Our Virtual CAG Meeting.Wednesday, February 10 At 6:30 p.m. PacificClick Here For The Zoom Link  Hello Everyone, February is here, love is in the air and on the Willamette River, seen by our two friends in the picture above. Interestingly, I was told by...

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Notes from January 13 PHCAG meeting

A discussion about the fuel tanks in the Critical Energy Infrastructure (CEI) Hub in Linnton and its relations to risk management within Portland Harbor and the Willamette River. We are revisiting this topic of the CEI risk because of the importance for our community...

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North Portlanders Want a Contaminated Beach Turned Into a Park. Government Officials Propose to Bury the Toxic Waste Onsite.

North Portlanders Want a Contaminated Beach Turned Into a Park. Government Officials Propose to Bury the Toxic Waste Onsite.

On sunny days, Michael Pouncil likes to stroll past the warning signs posted along Willamette Cove and tramp through what he hopes will be Portland’s next great waterfront park.

For Pouncil, the 3,000-foot stretch of beach in North Portland, owned by regional government Metro, is an oasis: a place to hike in dense woods or spy on the rafts of aquatic birds bobbing offshore.

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Where We Live: Portland Harbor Superfund Site

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) —You would never know it from the surface, but underneath the water of the Willamette River in downtown Portland, there’s a huge problem. Twenty years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency designated a ten-mile stretch of the lower Willamette—between the Broadway Bridge and Sauvie Island—as seriously contaminated.

Called the Portland Harbor Superfund Site, it is the biggest of 13 superfund sites in Oregon, and about 1,300 nationwide.

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September 16th EPA Portland Harbor Public Forum

EPA plans to virtually present on the Cathedral Park area at the Wednesday, September 16th EPA Portland Harbor Public Forum (with support from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group). EPA will plan to cover some...

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