EPA Evaluation and Interpretation of the Final Baseline Ecologicial Risk Assessment

Click this link to view a PDF file of the presentation by Burt Shephard of the US EPA presented at the July 2014 meeting of the Portland Harbor CAG: EPA Evaluation and Interpretation of the Final Baseline Ecological Risk Assessment (BERA) for Portland Harbor

Oregonian Editorial: Getting it right in sullied Portland Harbor: Editorial Agenda 2014

Read the full editorial on Oregonlive.

Portland's cleanup needs to achieve the right environmental and economic goals without ending up in a thicket of lawsuits. Each goal needs to be rational and doable; each can be the other's complement. Oregon has forged rational and doable approaches when it comes to salmon protection and the allocation of scarce water in the Klamath Basin. It can help find one for Portland Harbor, too.

Bus tour highlights Portland's dirty underbelly and hopes for a sustainable future

As reported in The Oregonian by James Reddick:

Portlanders are proud of their city's environmental pedigree. But under the green veneer lies a legacy of pollution that continues to have an impact throughout the city.

In an unusual bus tour Sunday afternoon, nonprofits Groundwork Portland and Know Your City called attention to "The Dirty Side of Portland," where contaminants have made certain areas dangerous to the public's health.

Here are some of the takeaways from all three stops of the tour:

Portland Harbor Superfund at Cathedral Park

The Willamette Speaks Storytelling: Stories of the Lower Willamette River

You are invited to the first Willamette Speaks Storytelling event sponsored by PHCAG & Metro Central funding. We hope to reconnect citizens with the river through community members' experiences.
We will also offer updates, info and opportunities for community feedback on superfund through a PHCAG table between 6pm and 9pm.

View the attached flyer

Saturday AUG 23 - 6:30-8:30pm

BES Water Lab, 6543 N. Burlington, Portland Oregon

Native American History of the Willamette told by the Grand Ronde tribe

Willamette Week: Portland's Siltronic Corp. Ranks at the Top for Oregon Toxic Releases into Waterways

As reported by Willamette Week:

A new report on the dumping of toxic wastes into American rivers names the two biggest dischargers into Oregon waters, Portland’s Siltronic Corp. and the Georgia-Pacific mill in Toledo.

Heavy rain causes sewer overflow to the Willamette River

This notice was posted by Portland BES, although it is not dated, it appears to have been posted on Monday June 16.

Heavy rain causes sewer overflow to the Willamette River
CSO Advisory

PCBs near OMSI may be capped for safety

Reported by Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

State environmental regulators are scrutinizing a cleanup plan by Portland General Electric that proposes to cover — rather than dredge and remove — two PCB-laden sites in the Willamette River bottom next to the Hawthorne Bridge and Tilikum Crossing.


Presentations for June 11 CAG meeting

On the agenda for June 11 will be:

River geology: Kim Anderson, Geologist, OSU

Stormwater and Source control discussion:

City of Portland outfall project and Municipal Stormwater Report. Linda Scheffler, City of Portland - See presentation attached here(note, file is compressed from original PowerPoint, so some features may be lost).

Source control overview and source control summary report.
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Alex Liverman - See presentation at this link (note the file size is 20MB.)

Portland Tribune: EPA cleanup delay leaves 'cloud' over harbor

As reported by Steve Law in the Portland Tribune:


“You want it to move forward, but you want it to be done right,” Robison says.

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