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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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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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Environmental Services is moving forward with changes to ENB-4.28 regarding the bureau's financial assistance loan programs

Environmental Services proposes revisions to ENB-4.28 Administrative Rules for Financial Assistance Loan programs, including the income-qualified Safety Net program, to support required connections to the sanitary sewer system and work on private property. The public comment period is now closed.

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Portland Harbor Community Involvement Grant Recipients Will Support Engagement Efforts Led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

The City's Portland Harbor Community Involvement Grant Program announces this year's grant recipients. Learn more about the recipients and their visions for supporting community involvement in the Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup.

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City Council to discuss ongoing permitting improvement efforts at Jan. 25 work session

The City Council will receive updates from development review bureaus on efforts to improve permitting services and discuss proposed updates to city policies.

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Sewage Advisory: Crews stop sewer overflow in NE Portland

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Houseless and living in an RV: Environmental Services pilot program collected wastewater from 192 RVs in 3 months; pollution prevention program extended

Following the success of a three-month pilot pollution prevention program, Environmental Services is continuing collecting wastewater from people who are homeless and living in RVs.

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Environmental Services requests public comment on proposed changes to policies regarding permitting of sewer connections or lateral repairs in the public right-of-way

Environmental Services is proposing updates to three administrative rules, ENB-4.17, ENB-4.33, and ENB-4.15, that govern permitting of sewer connections and lateral repairs in the public right-of-way or sewer easement. The public comment period is closed.

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Give your views on improving erosion control during construction activity

The City of Portland is updating its erosion control requirements to better manage soils and sediments on construction sites and reduce development impacts on the environment. Your ideas and suggestions on an early draft are welcome.

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