Willamette River Festival

Learn, review and COMMENT on the EPA's Proposed Plan BEFORE September 6, 5pm.

1. Learn:
Click here to view the EPA Fact Sheet and summary of the Proposed Plan (8 pages, 1MB), or click here to download the full PDF version of the EPA's Portland Harbor Proposed Plan (151 pages, 23MB). Additional information and details can be found at the links on this site and at http://go.usa.gov/3Wf2B

2. Review:
The Plan is currently being reviewed by multiple organizations and individuals. As we have more material available, we will post that here. Click here to see an initial list of concerns raised by Dr. Peter deFur, technical consultant working with the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group and Willamette Riverkeepers.

3. Comment:
You may use this form below (courtesy of http://www.cleanupportlandharbor.org/) to submit your own comment to EPA. Write your own comments in your own words highlighting what you feel are the most important points to raise. Be specific when you can.

The deadline for Public Comments is September 6.

Dear Ms. McCarthy,

The proposed cleanup of Portland Harbor is a big win for industry and a bad deal for the public. EPA’s cleanup proposal tackles just 8% of a site area that is 100% toxic. A more aggressive plan is needed to prevent even more harm to human health and the environment. On behalf of all people who rely on the river for food, recreation, employment and culture, I urge the EPA to implement a plan that:

  • Moves quickly and sustainably reduces contaminants causing harm to Willamette and Columbia river resources
  • Includes ongoing monitoring and cleanup upriver and downriver from the site
  • Contributes to healthy fish that are safe to eat for all people
  • Holds polluters accountable for creating a safer Portland Harbor
  • These elements get us closer to the plan our communities deserve.

    And I deserve a clean, safe Portland Harbor.

    Diverse coalition condemns EPA’s Portland Harbor cleanup plan Group urges action at cleanPDXharbor.org

    Rose Longoria of Yakama Nation speakingPortland, OR— A coalition of diverse community groups held a press conference Friday to condemn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to clean up the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The plan, proposed on June 8th, would leave 92 percent of the 11-mile stretch of the Willamette River toxic to people and wildlife indefinitely.

    Legal Dispute Filed and Comment Period Extended

    As reported by OPB:

    Chevron, Gunderson, NW Natural, Union Pacific Railroad, Evraz Inc., Arkema and TOC Holdings Co. filed a legal dispute with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    Superfund expert says natural recovery won't work to clean up Portland Harbor

    As reported in the Portland Tribune by Bianca Pahl:

    The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group held a public forum Tuesday night at Hariet Tubman Middle School to provide a better understanding for the community about the Environmental Protection Agency’s Superfund plan to decontaminate certain areas of the Willamette River.

    Presentation from Dr. Peter deFur, Environmental Stewardship Concepts

    Dr. Peter deFur, technical consultant providing review of the Superfund Proposed Plan for the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group, at a public forum on Tuesday, June 21st, presented what he sees as issues for the community to pay particular attention to, in our review and for comments to the EPA. Attached is the PowerPoint presentation from Dr. deFur.

    Issues of concern in the initial ESC analysis of FS and Proposed Plan, including elements from the 2015 Proposed Plan. 6-21-2016

    A sewer runs through it: The Willamette River in the 21st century

    Article by Stephen Quirke published in Street Roots:


    The Willamette waterfront is many things to many people – a place to sleep, a food source, a wildlife habitat, a place to swim and for others, a place to dump industrial waste.

    An Oregonian report from 1906 called the river a “common sewer for the entire valley,” and after a state official reported typhoid germs in the river that year, the Oregonian suggested that readers should “cultivate the gentle art of keeping their mouths closed while in the water.” In 1885, the city of Portland formed a committee to find water less polluted by sewers and pulp and paper mills, and by 1895 the first water from Bull Run was flowing into the city.

    City agreement will keep the Swan Island boat ramp in service

    News Release
    June 8, 2016
    For more information:
    Linc Mann, Environmental Services, 503-823-5328, linc.mann@portlandoregon.gov
    Mark Ross, Parks & Recreation, 503-823-5300, mark.ross@portlandoregon.gov

    The Portland City Council today passed the first reading of an agreement to ensure that the city-owned Swan Island boat ramp continues providing service to recreational boaters. The agreement transfers ownership of the boat ramp from the Bureau of Environmental Services to Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R).

    EPA releases proposed plan for Portland Harbor

    The US EPA Released the following statement, with the Proposed Plan for Cleanup of the Portland Harbor:

    Proposed EPA Cleanup Plan will make Portland Harbor safer and healthier for all

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