Portland Business Journal: Know your river: A float through Portland's toxic 10-mile stretch (Photos)Submitted by JimRobison on Thu, 05/15/2014 - 22:19
by Cathy Cheney, Staff Photographer, Portland Business Journal
In working on a story about the Portland Harbor Superfund, I was fortunate to hitch a ride down the river with one of the city's foremost river experts.
Travis Williams, who's head of the Willamette Riverkeeper group, has been following the Superfund issue for more than 14 years.
Update: Attached is the slide presentation from Tucker Jones presented at the meeting.
This meeting will include a presentation about Sturgeon in the Willamette River.
Notes by Jackie Calder, Vice-Chair
Sturgeon and the Portland Harbor Superfund
Why Discuss Sturgeon?
Recently the representatives from the EPA reminded PHCAG members that the Remedial Investigation for the Portland Harbor Superfund was still in Draft status and was being changed by the Lower Willamette Group from directives from the EPA until finalized.
Attached below is the slideshow that was presented by Rob Burkhart and Dana Bayuk of DEQ at the April 2014 CAG meeting.
Read the full story at: http://portlandtribune.com/pt/9-news/215746-75245-citys-message-on-super...
Bureau of Environmental Services ratepayers have been paying for nearly all the city’s spending on the Superfund cleanup for 13 years. During that time, it has not been spelled out what role the sewer system played in fouling the Willamette River bottom, and whether ratepayers would get some or all of that money back.
The Environmental Protection Agency said earlier this year it now anticipates completing the proposed cleanup plan in 2015.
Those familiar with Superfund projects say the delay could push the timeline for a final Environmental Protection Agency “record of decision” out to at least 2016 or later until the actual clean-up can begin.
Attached is Bill's Story, by Bill Egan
for the Willamette Speaks: Oral History project
Do you know of current or past residents who have stories about the river between Kelley Pt. Park & the Broadway Bridge?
• viewing wildlife
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Veils of fog move slowly over the wall of cottonwoods to where the industrial clearings begin, and the river comes into view. In the early morning overcast the water’s surface is dull pearl gray.
In April of this year the EPA assessed a penalty against the Lower Willamette Group (LWG) in relation to a dispute over the Baseline Human Health Risk Assessment. September 30th EPA issued a decision to suspend demand for payment of the penalty. The decision to suspend the demand for payment of the penalty was made in reflection of an improved working relationship between the EPA and LWG, with the suspension of the penalty based on LWG's "good faith" efforts.
September 30, 2013
For more information contact Linc Mann, 503-823-5328
City recommends caution for Willamette River use
Weekend rainstorms caused Portland’s combined sewer system to overflow to the Willamette River. There were combined sewer overflows (CSOs) Saturday evening from outfall pipes on Swan Island just off N Port Center Way and at the foot of SE Alder Street just north of the Morrison Bridge. There was also a CSO Sunday night from an outfall pipe on the west side of the Willamette at the Burnside Bridge.