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City Council Approves $100,000 in Environmental Services grants to community groups for watershed restoration

Environmental Services’ Community Watershed Stewardship Program has provided grants to community groups for 27 years. Council now approved this year’s funding for natural area plantings and other initiatives that restore watershed health and cultivate community stewardship.

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Summer on the Willamette River – weekly water quality testing begins for 10th season

Want to swim, boat, play in the Willamette River? Water quality is good for recreation. A decade of data show low bacteria levels in the Willamette River - well within DEQ guidelines for water recreation. Find out weekly test results all summer long.

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Commissioner Mapps lauds EPA award of $500,000 brownfield grant to Portland; helps turn vacant properties into affordable housing, other productive uses

A federal EPA grant will help the City continue its brownfields program to assess environmental contamination on unused properties where contamination has been a concern, and prepare them for redevelopment and a return to a productive community asset

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Work Zone Ahead: As construction seasons kicks into high gear, City of Portland urges travelers to use caution to save lives and prevent injuries to essential workers

A message about work zone safety from Portland's Water, Transportation and Environmental Services Bureaus.

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News Release: Sasquatch caught on camera roaming through restored natural area

Environmental Services, which maintains and restores the health of Portland's watersheds, is no stranger to catching unique wildlife on its trail cameras. Beavers, otters, and minks are some of the common mammals caught on camera, but last month, something new was caught on camera – a Sasquatch.

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News Release: Macleay Trail to reopen as Environmental Services nears completion of Balch Creek Trash Rack Replacement Project

The Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) announces the reopening of Forest Park’s Lower Macleay Trail at the start of April 2022. This important and popular trail connects Macleay Park to the Wildwood Trail in Portland’s Forest Park and was temporarily closed for a BES project.

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Sewage Advisory: Crews stop sewer overflow in NE Portland

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CSO Advisory: Atmospheric river leads to combined sewer overflow to Willamette River

An advisory is in effect through 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 14, 2021; avoid contact with river water downstream of the Ross Island Bridge due to increased bacteria.

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Big Pipe reaches 10-year milestone; new online tracker lets public see in real-time how Willamette River stays sewage-free

A decade of data show how Portlanders’ investment in the Big Pipe system is working to send sewage and stormwater to the City’s treatment plant and make overflows rare. The new Big Pipe Tracker lets the public see the system in action.

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Major improvements underway for Portland’s main wastewater treatment plant

Environmental Services is undergoing major construction at the City’s main wastewater treatment plant to protect water quality, replace aging infrastructure, and add seismic resilience. Construction is slated for 2024 completion and service will continue 24/7/365

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Joint City Statement on Hate Crimes

Our core values as a City include anti-racism and equity. Every Portlander and everyone visiting our city deserves to be welcomed and to feel that they belong. They should encounter a Portland free of bias and hate, where they do not fear for their safety and security.

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