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 - http://www.sandandgravel.com/news/article.asp?v1=12747
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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Proposed Approval of Cleanup at Roadway Express

REquest for comments
Proposed Approval of Cleanup at Roadway Express
COMMENTS DUE: April 2, 2010, 5 p.m.

Proposed No Further Action City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services Water Pollution Control Laboratory

Chance to Comment On…
Proposed No Further Action
City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
Water Pollution Control Laboratory (ECSI #2452)

North Reach commentary and upcoming event.

Portland debates North Reach Plan

City Council heard testimony on the North Reach Plan with representatives of businesses and unions asking to slow down and make changes, while environmentalists ask to adopt it now, and refine it later.
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Portland Harbor sinks under Superfund stigma - Oregon Business Magazine

The January issue of Oregon Business magazine cover story is a feature on the Portland Harbor and Superfund cleanup.  Read the article online, and view a video from the Managing Editor below.

  

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