Please Join Our Virtual CAG Meeting.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 At 6:30 p.m. Pacific
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Happy New Year everyone…2022 is here and we are starting the year off with intention to live more sustainably and in harmony with our rivers. How do we bring about this change, you may ask? Well, we’ll be working hard in 2022 to bringing transformative changes through policy, advocacy, Environmental Justice (EJ) literacy walking tours, storytelling, art, community building, strengthening and aligning interest with as many Portlanders, advocacy groups, government agency, and community members as possible. We at PHCAG want a better future for Portland Harbor, the North-reach of the Willamette River and the Columbia River.
As we do a quick review of 2022, we witness how the climate crisis is but one result of capitalist predation, carbon production reaching catastrophic levels with oil spills in California, Milwaukie and Tualatin. Fortunately, 2021 gave us big wins too for cleaner water on the Columbia near Bonneville Dam and a new superfund listing of Bradford Island in the Columbia River. We also worked in conjunction with other Willamette River advocacy groups to help clean, beautify and provide a safer recreational beach area at Cathedral Park. We worked with local agencies to implement a bioremediation bench test while continually advocating strongly for full removal of toxic chemicals at Willamette Cove and created a EJ River Art Gallery in Linnton. So, as for all the “lows” of 2021 we have experienced, we all definitely had some wonderful highs and successes.
***News on the River***
- Thursday, Jan 27 (4-5pm), Cathedral Park Project Area Virtual Working Group: The next meeting of the Cathedral Park Project Area Working Group (one of the working groups of the Portland Harbor Collaborative) will occur via Zoom on Wednesday, January 27 from 4-5pm. The focus for this working group is to discuss community education and engagement opportunities for EPA’s initial sampling work at the Cathedral Park Project Area. If you would like to join the Cathedral Park Project Area Working Group or have other questions, please contact Laura Knudsen (firstname.lastname@example.org, call/text 206-643-4299).
- Friday, Jan 28 (12-1pm), Portland Harbor Virtual Casual Community Coffee Chat (focus on DEQ): Please contact Laura Knudsen (email@example.com, call/text 206-643-4299), EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, if you are a community member who is interested in attending this virtual chat or any future chats!
- Wednesday, February 2 (4:30-6pm, with optional project overview at 4pm): The next meeting of the Willamette Cove Working Group (one of the working groups of the Portland Harbor Collaborative) will occur on Wednesday, February 2 from 4:30-6pm. An optional project overview for folks who may be new to the Willamette Cove space will occur at 4pm. If you would like to join the Willamette Cove Working Group or have other questions, please contact Jessica Terlikowski (Jessica.Terlikowski@portlandoregon.gov, 503-865-6704).
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Tonight, we will be having a presentation by John Marshall who comes to us with over a 30-year history of environmental education and natural resource management in the Pacific Northwest. John will share his concerns about the transparency, accountability, and verifiability of mitigation bank credit-debit and performance standard data records for the Portland Harbor mitigation banks. This, of course, is of paramount importance if we are to be able to trust that the Portland Harbor Superfund clean-up is meeting stakeholder expectations. John is actively talking to stakeholders and exploring ideas for improvement.
Here is a link to John’s presentation: Portland Harbor Mitigation Banks – Questions on Credit Debits and Performance Standards
We’ll also have announcements, updates, and a year in review.
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Date: Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Time: Start at 6:30 pm Pacific
Location: Online Only
Weblink: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 824 0587 8115
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John has been working in natural resource management for over 25-years for local government, state, and federal agencies and nearly 10-years before that as an environmental educator in state parks, national parks, and outdoor schools. He represented the US Fish and Wildlife Service for over 10-years on the Interagency Review Team for Oregon and SW Washington mitigation and conservation banks. He holds at least three college degrees and is a reasonably intelligent and very likable person.
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