Linnton Restoration Success! Alder Creek Site Plans

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Congratulations to Janice Secunda, Darise Weller, John Shaw, and all the others who worked so hard over the past years to get the former Alder Creek Lumber Co. site purchased by a mitigation bank, Wildlands, Inc.  PHCAG supports the goal of restoration within the lower Willamette, and this project represents a significant contribution to achieving that goal.  The site will now provide enhanced public access, increased fish habitat, and a daylighted creek previously buried on the property.
 
Proposal for Restoration and Consent Judgment for the Alder Creek Lumber Company Site
 
COMMENTS DUE: October 3, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
 
PUBLIC MEETING: DEQ will hold a public meeting to provide information regarding the proposed consent judgment and to receive oral comments, on September 22, 2011, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, at the Linnton Community Center, 10614 NW St. Helens Rd, Portland.
 
PROJECT LOCATION: 14456 NW Gillihan Road, Multnomah County (southern tip of Sauvie Island)
 
PROPOSAL: DEQ is proposing to enter into a prospective purchaser agreement in the form of a consent judgment with Portland Harbor Holdings II, LLC (Portland Harbor Holdings) regarding the Alder Creek Lumber site on Sauvie Island. Portland Harbor Holdings intends to purchase the site for the purpose of creating a combination of riparian, channel, tidal marsh and mud flat habitats. This will involve removal of approximately 100,000 cubic yards of non-contaminated wood debris, removal of the existing sawmill structures, and removal of approximately 600,000 cubic yards of soil. Most of the soil to be excavated is either clean or has only minor contamination. It is anticipated that this material will be relocated just north of an existing levee that will form the northern boundary of the proposed riparian/aquatic habitat area. Material with significant contamination will be disposed of at one or more permitted landfills. Materials from demolished structures will be disposed of, recycled or reused, subject to environmental requirements. To ensure permanent protection of the site as a wildlife habitat, a conservation easement or deed restriction will be assigned to a non-profit entity or government organization approved by the Portland Harbor Trustees. Under the proposed consent judgment, Portland Harbor Holdings would receive protection from potential liability for pre-acquisition releases of hazardous substances at or from the property, as well as protection from contribution claims by third parties.
 
HIGHLIGHTS: Lumber operations at the site ran from the early 1960s until October 2008, when the owners closed the sawmill. Current site activities are limited to processing and removal of wood chips for sale as landscaping material. Site soil and groundwater testing indicates there are localized areas of contamination, and that the majority of soil proposed for removal is relatively uncontaminated. Contaminants found in soil above risk screening criteria include petroleum hydrocarbons, metals, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and semivolatile organic compounds. Contaminants found in groundwater above risk screening criteria include petroleum hydrocarbons, metals, and semivolatile organic compounds. Site sampling results indicate that essentially no contamination will remain in the areas proposed for aquatic and riparian habitat after soil, woody debris and structures are removed.
 
HOW TO COMMENT: The project file, including environmental investigation reports, may be reviewed by appointment at DEQ’s Northwest Region office, 2020 SW 4th
Avenue, Suite 400, Portland, OR 97201. To schedule an appointment, contact Dawn Weinberger at 503-229-6729. For more information, please contact project manager Bob Schwarz by phone (541-298-7255, ext. 230) or by email (schwarz.bob@deq.state.or.us). To access site summary information in DEQ’s Environmental Cleanup Site Information (ECSI) database on the Internet, go to , then enter ECSI# 2446 in the Site ID box and click “Submit” at the bottom of the page. Next, click the link labeled ECSI # 2446 in the Site ID/Info column. To submit comments, send them by email to Mr. Schwarz at the email address listed above, or by mail to Oregon DEQ, 400 E. Scenic Drive, Suite 307, The Dalles, Oregon 97058. Comments must be received by 4:30 PM on the due date in order to be considered in DEQ’s decision. You may also provide comments orally at the public meeting described above.
 
THE NEXT STEP: DEQ will review and consider all comments received during the comment period. If DEQ then determines to enter the consent judgment, the consent judgment will be executed with Portland Harbor Holdings and filed with the Multnomah County Circuit Court, after which the company intends to purchase the property and proceed with the activities described above.
 
ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: DEQ is committed to accommodating people with disabilities. Please notify DEQ of any special physical or language accommodations or if you need information in large print, Braille or another format. To make these arrangements, contact DEQ Communications & Outreach (503-229-5696 or toll free in Oregon at 800-452-4011; fax to 503-229-6762; or e-mail to deqinfo@deq.state.or.us.)