Public Comment Period on DEQ's Mar-Com South Parcel No Further Action Determination

After removal actions at the upland site over the past several years, DEQ has announced that the Former Mar-Com South Parcel site will require no further action.  The Public Comment period ends April 30th. 
You may be able to obtain more information about this site by contacting Mike Romero via email at If this does not work, you may contact Gil Wistar at (503) 229-5512, or via email at

April 13, 2011 CAG Meeting

Join the CAG as we listen to a presentation by the Lower Willamette Group (LWG) on Disposal Siting Options and how other technologies are evaluated in the Feasibility Study process.  Please come and ask any questions you may have from 6 PM to 8 PM at the BES Water Lab: 6543 North Burlington, under the St.

Update: Feasibility Study Extended Until March 2012

EPA has granted another extension for the submittal of the Feasibility Study (FS) to Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs).  The document is now due on March 30, 2012.  The deadline was previously slated for June, 2011, and then again for November, 15 2011, however, both deadlines were extended to incorporate more information into the FS.  This time around, EPA decided to extend the deadline to allow LWG to incorporate a broader range of alternatives and Remedial Action Levels (RAOs) into the FS so that the document would serve

Portland Harbor Superfund Tour

August 11 - The Portland Harbor Community Advisory group, joined by other community members and technical experts from state and federal agencies, toured the Portland Harbor.  We visited sites from the mouth of Multnomah Channel to Gunderson.  CAG Member Bill Egan served as our tour guide much of the way, with technical information provided by the Lower Willamette Group, EPA and DEQ.
Read the report by Dennis Newman of who joined us.

Portland Harbor Public Health Assessment - public comment version released

The June 9th meeting of the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group will include presentation and discussion of the Public Health Assessment released by The Office of Environmental Public Health (OEPH) May 20th that looked at whether recreational use of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site poses a health risk. 

Corps of Engineers to dredge portion of lower Willamette River

From Dredging News Online -
The US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District, says it is proposing to dredge a portion of the lower Willamette River federal navigation channel (LWR FNC) at Post Office Bar later in 2010.
Although the LWR FNC extends 11.6 miles from the mouth of the Willamette River to the Broadway Bridge in Portland, Oregon, the proposed dredging includes only one area of severe shoaling located on the east bank of the LWR at river mile 2.1-2.4.

History: Swimming in the Willamette River in and near Portland

James V. Hillegas has written a very good outline of pollution in the Willamette River during the early part of the 20th Century, talking about people's desire for recreation in the river limited by excessive pollution.  This story highlights the use of the river as an open sewer.
Historical Threads: Swimming in the Willamette River in and near ...

Portland Feasibility Study and Alternatives

Peter DeFur of Environmental Stewardship Concepts presented at the March 10 CAG meeting about the Feasibilty Study and alternative cleanup options that may be considered for the Portland Harbor Superfund.  The power point presentation is attached here, and available on the Environmental Stewardship Concepts website on the projects page (Willamette Riverkeeper).

Portland Harbor Superfund News

A couple of items of interest for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site:

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