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Authorize a three-year Intergovernmental Agreement with Oregon State University to partner on projects and programs related to wastewater, stormwater, and watershed health not to exceed $450,000


The City of Portland ordains:

Section 1. The Council finds:

  1. The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) manages Portland's wastewater and stormwater infrastructure to protect public health and the environment.
  2. BES’s 10-Year Strategic Plan 2018-2027 outlines the vision to be a mission-driven, high-performance organization, leading the City in preserving and restoring the health of Portland’s watersheds.
  3. To achieve the mission and vision of BES, we need to rely on cutting edge science and strong partnerships in the community and between bureaus.
  4. Oregon State University (OSU) and BES have a mutual interest in advancing science and partnerships.
  5. BES is interested in entering into an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with OSU to provide research, technical assistance, data collection and analysis, design, education and outreach, and facilitation services.
  6. BES would provide funding to OSU at the Bureau’s own discretion and dependent on its priorities and available funding.
  7. Under this agreement, OSU and BES will engage in projects according to Task Orders that specify a scope of work, deliverables and compensation.
  8. The established cost is $450,000 over a three year period. 

NOW, THEREFORE, the Council directs:

  1. The Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services is authorized to enter into an agreement with Oregon State University in a form substantially in conformance with the agreement attached as Exhibit A.
  2. The Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services is authorized to execute subsequent amendments that do not increase the City’s performance obligations or financial risk.
  3. The Mayor and City Auditor are hereby authorized to pay for the contract from the Sewer System Operating Fund Budget when demand is presented and approved by the proper authority.

An ordinance when passed by the Council shall be signed by the Auditor. It shall be carefully filed and preserved in the custody of the Auditor (City Charter Chapter 2 Article 1 Section 2-122)

Passed by Council

Auditor of the City of Portland
Mary Hull Caballero

Impact Statement

Budget Office Financial Impact Analysis

Funds will be requested in BES’s FY 2022-23 and future budgets. The costs for each year will fluctuate; however, the total costs for the Agreement should not exceed $450,000. 

Agenda Items

Passed to second reading

Passed to second reading February 23, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.


  • Commissioner Carmen Rubio Yea
  • Commissioner Dan Ryan Yea
  • Former Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty Yea
  • Commissioner Mingus Mapps Yea
  • Mayor Ted Wheeler Yea

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