Willamette River Cleanup

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Portland Harbor CAG meeting January 10, 2024

CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor   In Attendance Madi Novak, Interim Superfund Project Manager Laura Knudsen, EPA Dani Jochums, Triangle Associates Anna Hamilton, Triangle Associates­­ Sarah Greenfield, ODEQ Dawn Sanders, BES...

Oil, Chemical Firms Pay Millions to Fix Portland Harbor

An update as reported in the Environmental News Service 12/31/2023 PORTLAND, Oregon, December 31, 2023 (ENS) – People who eat fish that live year-round in Oregon’s Lower Willamette River are taking a big risk, as these fish contain levels of toxic polychlorinated...

Public Comment Period Extended for Recently Announced Consent Decrees

Thank you Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council for notification: On November 1st, 2023, the Justice Department lodged two proposed consent decrees in federal court among members of the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council (Trustee Council) and...

Please Join Our Portland Harbor CAG at theBraided River Gallery at Lloyd CenterWednesday, November 8, 2023 At 5:00 p.m. Pacific

Please Join Our Portland Harbor CAG at theBraided River Gallery at Lloyd CenterWednesday, November 8, 2023At 5:00 p.m. Pacific**In Person event Only** at 1139 NE Halsey St, Portland OR 97232  *Please note that you will enter the mall on the Barns and Nobel level off...

Responsible Parties Reach Settlement for More Than $33 Million to Restore Natural Resources in Portland Harbor

The agreements, with an estimated restoration value of approximately $33.2 million, require the PRPs to pay cash damages or purchase credits in projects to restore salmon and other natural resources that were lost due to contamination released from the responsible parties’ facilities into the Willamette River.

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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.

Wednesday, March 9 Virtual Portland Harbor Collaborative (5-7pm Pacific)

How do I Join the Online-Only Event? Please enter the virtual room at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88459258238

If prompted, please enter Meeting ID 884 5925 8238
If clicking the link above does not work or you have any audio issues, please feel free to join the meeting on the phone by using the following information:
Call Number: 253-215-8782 | Code: 884 5925 8238
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CAG General Meeting February 9, 2022

https://youtu.be/nEYUnLwrMQw CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair (absent) Doug Larson Sarah Taylor John Marshall Scott Burr, Tech Advisor Caleb Shaffer, EPA Laura Knudson, EPA Number of Participants: 31 This meeting is recorded. Portland Harbor CAG YouTube...

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Eathquake, oil spill would unleash havoc

As reported in The Oregonian, a new report confirms what local residents have been warning about for decades. https://enewspo.oregonlive.com/data/13373/reader/reader.html?#!preferred/0/package/13373/pub/23967/page/1/alb/728446

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CAG General Meeting January 12, 2021

John Marshall presented about the transparency, accountability, and verifiability of mitigation bank credit-debit and performance standard data records for the Portland Harbor mitigation banks.
Susan Bladholm is a transportation enthusiast and is a life-long Portlander who would like to foster a greater appreciation for the value of our riverways. Susan gave us an update on the pilot program for Frog Ferry on in 2022.

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Virtual CAG Meeting January 12

Please Join Our Virtual CAG Meeting. Wednesday, January 12, 2022 At 6:30 p.m. Pacific Click Here For The Zoom Link  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...

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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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