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In December 2000, Portland Harbor was listed as a Superfund site by the federal government because there is contaminated sediment in the river. The Portland Harbor Superfund Site is the Willamette River from Sauvie Island to the Broadway Bridge.
Many organizations, including the City of Portland, have been involved in the detailed studies of the location and type of contamination--and will be taking part in future clean-up actions.
The City of Portland is involved in Portland Harbor in many ways. The City’s goal is to ensure that the cleanup is designed and carried out in a cooperative, collaborative manner between all governments and stakeholders, resulting in an efficient and cost effective remedy that manages sources of contamination, prevents or minimizes recontamination, improves the health of the river, promotes economic development and implements natural resource restoration.
More specifically, the City:
- is working with DEQ to identify sources of potential contamination to stormwater;
Portland Harbor - Willamette River Superfund Basics Part 1. “A description of the Willamette River Portland Harbor Superfund site. The video discusses where the Superfund site is, the key pollutants, the Superfund process, and how the public can provide input.” by Willamette Riverkeeper, February 27, 2013
DRAFT Portland Harbor Environmental Impact Statement and Restoration Plan Released for Public Review
In early July 2012, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a draft programmatic environmental impact statement and restoration plan for public review. The Plan identifies a restoration approach to compensate for injuries to natural resources in Portland Harbor in the Lower Willamette River. The Trustees seek damages to restore, rehabilitate, replace or acquire the equivalent of natural resources and services injured by the release of hazardous substances in Portland Harbor. Click here for the draft documents, comment forms, and listings of public meetings.
New Study on Economic Impacts of Portland Harbor Clean-Up
Additional Portland Harbor Superfund Resources
For additional information about the City's participation in the process, contact:
- Kim Cox,PortlandHarborSuperfund Administrator,PortlandBureau of Environmental Services: 503-823-5313
- Ann Beier, Director,Portland's Office of Healthy Working Rivers: 503-823-5463
- Patti Howard, Policy Advisor, Office of Commissioner Amanda Fritz: 503-823-1120