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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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Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) Update

Sewer Connections: Permits Required for Sewer Connection and Repair

Updated Newsletter

Portland Utility Bureaus Are Prepared for West Coast Chlorine Shortage

As the region experiences a chlorine supply shortage, Portland’s drinking water remains safe and wastewater treatment continues

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Environmental Services proposes revisions to Administrative Rule ENB-4.05 Systems Development Charges for Sewer and Stormwater

Environmental Services is making changes to ENB-4.05 regarding systems development charges for sewer and stormwater. Proposed changes align with citywide initiatives and define new business types for better clarity. The public comment period is now closed.

Updated Public notice

Sewer construction to close all lanes on SW Vista Avenue from SW Buena Vista Drive to SW Hillcrest Drive June 14 through end of July

A detour will be in effect during construction hours for SW Vista Avenue as crews repair and replace more than two miles of aging sewer pipe. The road will be open during morning and evening peak commute times.

Traffic Advisory

Ready for Willamette River boating, swimming, playing? Environmental Services offers two tools to show water quality safe for recreation 

In time for summer recreation, Environmental Services offers two tools for the public to be assured that Willamette River water quality is safe for boating, swimming, and playing.

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Central Eastside businesses, houseless community and Bureau of Environmental Services join in tree planting, restoration at east end of Morrison Bridge

Neighbors restore a stormwater bioswale, creating green space and paid skill-building for unhoused people 

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Proposed Revisions to Administrative Rule ENB-4.29

Environmental Services proposes revisions to Administrative Rule ENB-4.29 for Refunds of Development Review, Sewer Connection, and Lateral Repair Permit Fees and Charges. The public comment period is now closed.

Updated Public notice

Now Accepting Applications for Portland Harbor Community Grants

Portland Harbor community grants support communities’ participation in the Superfund cleanup. BIPOC-led organizations and groups with strong relationships with communities disproportionately impacted by the Portland Harbor site and cleanup are encouraged to apply. Applications due May 21.

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