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Rainy season on the Willamette: Big Pipe Tracker shows in real-time how river stays sewage-free

As the rainy season begins (finally!), check the Big Pipe Tracker to find out how full the Big Pipe system is as it protects the Willamette River from combined sewer overflows.

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Provide your ideas on final draft of rules to address enforcement of erosion control during construction activity

The City of Portland is adopting a new Erosion and Sediment Control Enforcement Administrative Rule to accompany the adoption of the new Erosion and Sediment Control Manual and is requesting public comment on the proposed final draft of the rule.

Updated Public notice


Environmental Services finds and stops source of white substance in Fanno Creek

When Fanno Creek in SW Portland mysteriously turned white, Environmental Services investigated, finding and stopping the pollutant.

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Provide your ideas on final draft of rules to improve erosion control during construction activity

The City of Portland is updating its Erosion and Sediment Control Manual and is requesting public comment on the proposed final draft of the Manual.

Updated Public notice


The City of Portland seeks public comments on Draft Stormwater Management Plan and Monitoring Plan

The City of Portland is updating the Stormwater Water Management Plan and Monitoring Plan. The public commented on the plans before submission to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for approval. The comment period was open from Sept. 1 to Sept. 30, 2022.

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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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Environmental Services requests public comment on proposed changes to ENB-4.30 – Title 10 Discharge Enforcement Program

Environmental Services is proposing changes to ENB-4.30 – Bureau of Environmental Services Title 10 Discharge Enforcement Program Administrative Rules. The public can submit comments on the proposed revisions beginning August 16.

Public notice


Sewage Advisory: Overflow Near SE Market St and I-205

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Environmental Services is moving forward with proposed changes to ENB-4.07 regarding the criteria the bureau will apply when evaluating route of service

Environmental Services proposes revisions to ENB-4.07 to remove obsolete policies and provide guidance and clarity on the decision-making criteria it will apply when evaluating route of service options for properties connecting to the public sewer system. The public comment period is now closed.

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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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CANCELLED Advisory: Environmental Services responding to sewage seeping along ground to Willamette River in Dunthorpe neighborhood

This incident is resolved. Environmental Services’ investigation determined that no sewage release occurred. The one-time test that showed a high bacteria level was due to bacteria in the environment, likely from birds, dogs, racoons, or other sources.

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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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