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CAG Meeting May 22, 2022 Notes

CAG General Meeting May 11, 2022 CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor John Marshall   Portland Harbor CAG YouTube page. “Subscribe here” and at the bottom of the email. Now you have access to our monthly virtual meetings, forums, and...

CAG General Meeting April 13, 2022

CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor John Marshall   Scott Burr, Tech Advisor Caleb Shaffer, EPA Laura Knudson, EPA   Number of Participants: 39 This meeting is recorded.   Portland Harbor CAG YouTube page. “Subscribe...

Willamette Week: We Asked Metro Council President Lynn Peterson Why the Toxic Soil of a North Portland Beach Hasn’t Been Removed

Willamette Week By Aaron Mesh April 10, 2022 at 10:59 pm PDT For more than a year, environmental advocates have wondered why regional government Metro is still letting dioxins, PCBs, heavy metals and other toxic chemicals stain what could be Portland’s next riverside...

Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group Letter of Concern to the Portland Harbor Trustee Council

 PDF Version of this letter April 6, 2022Julie WeisPortland Harbor Trustee Council ChairHaglund Kelly LLP2177 SW BroadwayPortland, Oregon 97201 Dear Ms. Weis,Over the past few months, the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (PHCAG) raisedconcerns and questions...

BRAIDED RIVER: Lower Willamette Speaks

BRAIDED RIVER: Lower Willamette Speaks, an exhibition by the Braided River Campaign opens March 28t at the Alexander Gallery, Clackamas Community College Oregon City Campus.   In their first exhibition, the Braided River Exhibition weaves a Story of Displacement and...

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About the Portland Harbor Cleanup Site

The Portland Harbor Site spans 10 miles of the Lower Willamette River. The river sediments, surface water, and the fish that reside in the harbor have high levels of PCBs, PAHs, dioxins/furans, DDT and other pesticides which present an unacceptable risk to people’s health, especially subsistence and tribal fishers, and to the environment.

Under EPA cleanup plan, contaminated sediments at the site will be addressed through dredging, capping, enhanced natural recovery, and monitored natural recovery. Approximately 394 acres of sediment, out of 2,190 total acres in the site, will be actively remediated with dredging and capping, including removal of over three million cubic yards of contaminated sediments. Approximately 1,774 acres of the site with lower contaminant levels are expected to recover naturally over time.

Active cleanup construction work is expected to take about 13 years and cost $1 billion. Following the active cleanup construction phase, EPA expects a 100-fold reduction in contamination-related cancer and other serious risks. The river’s natural recovery process will further reduce these risks.

CAG General Meeting November 10, 2021

CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor John Marshall   Scott Burr, Tech Advisor Caleb Shaffer, EPA Superfund Project Manager   Number of Participants: 32 This meeting is recorded.   Portland Harbor CAG YouTube page. “Subscribe...

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Portland Harbor Community Coalition Launches new website

The Portland Harbor Community Coalition (PHCC) has launched a new website, https://www.phccoalition.org/, and has announced the recruitment for Board members to make up the new board as PHCC transitions into becoming a 501(c)3 Educaitonal Non-Profit.

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By Cassandra Profita (OPB) Oct. 19, 2021 5 a.m. Read the full article at OPB: https://www.opb.org/article/2021/10/19/portland-willamette-river-gets-cleaner-also-gets-overcrowded/ Michael Pouncil paddles along a stretch of the Willamette River inside the Portland...

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Please Join Our Virtual CAG Meeting.

Click Here For The Zoom Link   Hello everyone,  Fall is here once again and the welcomed rain has been a relief for so many in the PNW, especially our neighbors in Eastern Washington, Southern Oregon and Northern California. As we search and advocate to find solutions...

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Virtual Portland Harbor Collaborative

*TODAY! – No RSVP Needed*Wednesday, September 8 Virtual Portland Harbor Collaborative (5-7pm Pacific) Everyone is welcome to observe the third quarterly Portland Harbor Collaborative meeting via Triangle’s Zoom link TODAY! The core meeting will occur from 5-7pm...

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Willamette River Insider

Download the The Willamette Insider newsletter here.  Please join us for the Portland Harbor Superfund SiteCollaborative Group Meeting  Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021 Meeting Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. September, 8 2021 5pm-7pm pacific Please us the link below to...

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June Willamette Insider Newsletter

Download the The Willamette Insider newsletter here. Please join us for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Collaborative GroupOBSERVER (PUBLIC) AGENDA(v. 6-2-2021) Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021Meeting Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Optional sections between 4:30 – 5:00...

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