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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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Updated: Public Comments Requested on City's Proposed Rules Governing Private Capping of a Neighbor's Sewer Line

The proposed rules would govern notification requirements applicable to a property owner who wishes to cap a neighbor’s private sewer that crosses the first property owner’s property without a recorded legal easement.

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City of Portland Source Control Manual 2020

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Bureau of Environmental Services Update: Changes to Stormwater Management and Sewer and Drainage Manuals

Read news from the Bureau of Environmental Services about the Stormwater Management and Sewer and Drainage Facilities Design Manuals.

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Rainy Season Construction Site and Erosion Control Measures

During the rainy season, between October 1 and April 30, ground-disturbing construction work requires an elevated level of attention. Wet weather site and erosion control measures are necessary throughout the City.

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Stormwater Management Manual

Clarifications for partial-coverage ecoroofs.

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Changes at the Bureau of Environmental Services

BES is aiming to improve permitting turnaround times through a reorganization that took place on Feb. 1, 2018.

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Commissioner Nick Fish announces first milestone in “Poop to Power” project – opening of natural gas fueling station at wastewater treatment plant

Commissioner Nick Fish and the Bureau of Environmental Services today announced the opening of a natural gas fueling station at the City’s wastewater treatment plant. The station will offer a clean-air alternative to diesel for City vehicles operating at the plant in industrial North Portland.

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