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Will 2020 be the first sewage-free year for the Willamette River?

With 11 days until the end of the year, a heavy rain storm led to the first combined sewer overflow of 2020.

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2020 Editions of Stormwater Management Manual and Source Control Manual Now in Effect

The City of Portland adopted 2020 editions of the Stormwater Management Manual (SWMM) and Source Control Manual (SCM). The new editions of the manuals are in effect starting Dec. 14, 2020.

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Proposed 2020 Stormwater Management Manual: Schedule Update

Environmental Services held the first council reading for Title 17.38 on Oct. 7 and second council reading on Oct. 14. The 2020 Stormwater Management Manual will be in effect later this fall.

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Environmental Services Releases Results of CS Gas Residue Sampling in City Stormwater Pipes; $20,000 Penalty to Feds

Environmental Services found elevated levels of several contaminants in stormwater and sediment samples taken earlier this summer around the Multnomah County Justice Center and Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland, the epicenter of weeks of nightly protests.

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Fall 2020 bill insert

Looking for ways to manage your sewer/stormwater/water bill? Wondering what your bill pays for? The fall 2020 customer newsletter has answers.

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Public Comment is Requested on Proposed 2020 Source Control Manual and Changes to Administrative Rule ENB-4.15

Environmental Services is updating the City's Source Control Manual (SCM) and Administrative Rule ENB-4.15. The SCM provides structural, treatment, and operational requirements to prevent pollution of soil, groundwater, and surface waters. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

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Environmental Services to Clean Out CS Gas Residue from Storm Drains in Effort to Protect Willamette River

In an effort to prevent tear gas residue and other pollutants from reaching the Willamette River, the City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services is planning today to clean six storm drains around the Multnomah County Justice Center and the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse.

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Applications Open Tomorrow for $1 Million in One-Time Utility Bill Credits for Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

Applications open Wednesday, July 8, for the Small Business Program for Utility Relief (SPUR), designed to help small businesses with their City of Portland sewer, stormwater, and water bill during the ongoing public health and economic crisis.

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News Release: N Mississippi Sewer Project Moved to Fall in Response to Community Requests

In response to Phase I reopening and community input, Environmental Services is postponing a sewer repair project on N Mississippi Avenue until fall 2020.

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News Release: City of Portland Part of Nationwide Class Settlement with PCB-maker Monsanto

The City of Portland joins with 12 other governmental entities to announce a proposed nationwide class action settlement with Monsanto Company, Pharmacia, LLC, and Solutia, Inc., for $550 million.

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Traffic Advisory: N Mississippi Avenue urgent sewer repairs to begin June 17, expect travel impacts; businesses open

Environmental Services will begin construction this week on an urgent sewer repair project on N Mississippi Avenue, affecting travel between N Shaver and Fremont streets during weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and some Saturdays.

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Public Comment is Requested on Proposed Rules Governing System Development Charges

Environmental Services is proposing an update to Administrative Rules ENB-4.05 that govern sewer and stormwater system development charges (SDCs). This update seeks to create clarity and consistency for staff and the community through an updated SDC methodology and removal of obsolete information.

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Environmental Services Encourages People to Get a Weed Workout (not that kind)

You’re staying home. But, you want to get outside. We can help. Environmental Services is encouraging people to get a Weed Workout. Watch our video and then bend, pull, dig, stretch.

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BES requests public comment on proposed changes to the Stormwater Management Manual and Title 17.38

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services will accept public comment on proposed revisions to the City’s Stormwater Management Manual (SWMM) and Portland City Code Title 17.38 from 8 a.m. May 18, 2020 through 5 p.m. June 19, 2020.

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Environmental Services continues critical services during COVID-19 emergency; focuses on public health and environment

During the COVID-19 emergency that affects us all, Environmental Services is taking extra measures to protect the public and construction crews as we continue to collect and treat wastewater from every household in Portland and work to upgrade the city’s aging sewer and stormwater infrastructure.

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Wipes Clog Pipes: During COVID-19 crisis and every day, prevent sewage overflows by flushing only the 3Ps

Environmental Services reminds the public to only flush the 3Ps – toilet paper, pee, and poo. Any other material – such as cleaning wipes, “flushable” wipes, and paper towels – can cause clogs and sewer overflows that further impact public health and our environment.

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