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Spring 2021 bill insert

News for the spring: upgrades to your drinking water treatment, what to do if you're having trouble paying your bill, the benefits of gardening with native plants, and more.

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Advisory: City crews stop sewage release in NE Portland

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CSO Advisory: Heavy rains lead to combined sewer overflow (CSO) to the Willamette River

A combined sewer overflow to the Willamette River began about 9:45 p.m. January 12 and ended about six hours later. Avoid contact with the river through Friday, January 15 due to increased bacteria levels.

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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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Winter 2020–2021 bill insert

Want to know how to take care of your home plumbing? What to do if you live in a floodplain? Who you can call if you're having trouble paying your bill? It's all in this edition of your quarterly newsletter from the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.

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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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