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Community River School

Community River School Sweet Summer Evenings on the Banks of the Willamette For all ages The river stretched her arms, overflowing her banks with an abundance which could neither be replaced or bought. Green Anchors- Next to Cathedral Park 5:00 to 7:00 pm Sunday, July...

Portland Harbor CAG May 8. 2024 – Willamette Cove Master Plan Phase I

CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor Casimera Tadewaldt   May 8, 2024 Participants: 24   Michael Pouncil Introduction: Cassie Cohen - Portland Harbor Community Coalition. Working on Willamette Cove issues, meeting with Metro and EPA....

Portland Botanical Gardens Signs Purchase and Sale Agreement of McCormick and Baxter Site

PORTLAND, OREGON, USA, April 30, 2024 /EINPresswire.com/ -- On Earth Day (April 22, 2024), Portland Botanical Gardens (PBG) secured an option to purchase the 59-acre McCormick & Baxter (M&B) superfund site at 6900 N. Edgewater Road in North Portland. The...

Help shape the future of Willamette Cove

As reported by Pamplin Media:  Metro, the regional government serving the urban portions of Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties, has kicked off the planning process to create a nature park at Willamette Cove, a former industrial site on the Willamette River...

Willamette Week: A Once-Polluted Stretch of Riverfront Has Been Clean for Nearly 20 Years. Why Is It Still Off-Limits?

Reported in Willamette Week: By Nigel Jaquiss April 10, 2024 at 7:01 am PDT Chasing Ghosts: Outdoor Adventure ADDRESS: 6900 N Edgewater St. YEAR BUILT: The creosote plant operated from 1944 to 1991. SIZE: 41.8 acres (land); 16.4 acres (water) MARKET VALUE: None...

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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.

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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May CAG Meeting

CAG General Meeting May 12, 2021 CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor   Scott Burr, Tech Advisor Caleb Shaffer, EPA Superfund Project Manager   Number of Participants: 43   Sarah Taylor Introductions. Welcome and thanks for...

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Portland Harbor community grants info sessions!

A quick reminder about this week’s Portland Harbor Program community grants opportunity information sessions. Each session will cover grant program goals, eligible activities, selection criteria, and how to apply. There will also be ample time to ask questions. These...

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Frog Ferry statement of support from PHCAG

The Frog Ferry is an opportunity to put the sparkle back in Portland's tarnished national image. The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group hosted a well attended presentation by advocates at their April meeting, now available on YouTube in its entirety. The highly...

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CAG General Meeting April 14, 2021

We have a “New” 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 presentations. CAG Board Members Michael Pouncil, Chair Doug Larson Sarah Taylor   Scott Burr, Tech...

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March 8 Issue of Willamette River Insider

Initial sampling work at the Cathedral Park Project Area.. City of Portland to Devote Portion of $550 Million PCB Contamination Settlement to Environmental Equity Portland Harbor CAG’s Jan/Feb. Meetings Presentation Synopsis Pollinators and Local Industry House Bill...

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