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Our friends at Human Access Project organized a Valentine's Day dip in the Willamette yesterday to celebrate a cleaner river! Since Bureau of Environmental Services finished construction of the Big Pipe project in 2011, Combined Sewer Overflows or CSOs have been dramatically reduced -- overall incidents have dropped by 94 percent. That means a much cleaner Willamette that Portlanders can enjoy year round!
To celebrate Portlanders love for the Willamette River, the Human Access Project invitedthe public to join in the Valentine’s Day Dip – Wednesday, February 14th... at Willamette Park in downtown Portland. Twenty people participated in the dip which could very well become an annual event.
The Valentine’s Day Dip marks 115+ consecutive days of no Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) into the river.
The Valentine’s Day Dip is also a celebration of Portland’s $1.44 billion investment in the Big Pipe, which has drastically reduced CSOs. Contrary to popular belief, CSOs do not occur every time it rains. In fact, it hardly ever happens in a typical rain, and overall incidents have dropped by 94 percent since the Big Pipe construction. That’s a change to love and celebrate. In 2017 there were a total of seven CSO’s less than 2% of the entire year.
To warm dippers up, Simon Lyle and his SaunaVelo mobile bike sauna provided heat on site.
HAP, a nonprofit river advocacy group, is known for its summer fundraising event The Big Float. This year’s 8th annual river float and beach party will be held July 14, six months to the day from Valentine’s Day. All participants in the Valentine’s Day Dip will received two free tickets to The Big Float 8.
Our science team caught (and released, of course) this wild juvenile coho in Forest Park’s Miller Creek. Miller Creek is on our short list to become a Salmon Sanctuary in the next few years. Salmon Sanctuaries represent the future success of salmon in the city and demonstrate that it is possible to create urban sanctuaries for these threatened species. Learn more about salmon in Portland here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/51048
Join us and Tryon Creek Watershed Council for a fun and rewarding volunteer event on Saturday, Feb. 10. Volunteers will work at various project sites on invasive species removal and some possible native plantings. Raffle prizes will be handed out before the work begins, so be sure to register to get your name entered. Registration here: http://tinyurl.com/watershedwide.
Partners include SW Watershed Resource Center, West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Clackamas SWCD, Friends of Tryon Creek, Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Backyard Habitat Certification Program and many committed community members.
Ongoing studies of salmon and trout in Tryon Creek support efforts to replace the culvert under Hwy 43. Check out the cool electrofishing gear used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to identify fish in Tryon Creek!
Read more: http://portlandtribune.com/…/383689-272007-creating-a-healt…
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Check out the video for a few easy tips on keeping your neighborhood green street planters clean and functioning to keep our rivers clean! Learn more about green streets and adopt a planter near you: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/greenstreetstewards
Our friends at Johnson Creek Watershed Council are looking for fearless Creek Crew Leaders! These specially trained volunteers keep the wheels moving (and shovels digging!) during the height of restoration planting season and during other seasonal events. The JCWC is offering free Creek Crew training this month. It's a great opportunity to gain experience, learn more about native species, meet new friends, and help keep our watersheds beautiful. More information is available at: http://www.jcwc.org/events/creek-crew-training/
The deadline for submitting applications to the Community Watershed Stewardship (CWSP) grants is approaching fast. Pre-applications submitted by February 2nd may be eligible for up to $10,000 to help Portlanders make improvements in their neighborhoods and communities, while also improving the health of our watersheds.
CWSP has two upcoming grant workshops that are fun, free and open to the public. Topics will include the grant selection process, criteria used for scoring applications and tips for giving your grant proposal its best chance at success. Bring your friends, family, creativity, ideas and your love for our watersheds; we will provide everything else! Learn more on the City Green Blog.
The Art of Stormwater, a collection of artistic photographs of green infrastructure around the city, is on display at the St. Johns Community Center (8427 N Central St) and the Charles Jordan Community Center (9009 N Foss Ave) in North Portland.
The collection highlights the beauty of green infrastructure like rain gardens that soak up stormwater, reduce flooding, filter pollutants, and ensure clean rivers. The exhibits will be up until December 28th in St. Johns and until mid-January at the Charles Jordan Community Center.
Join our friends at Johnson Creek Watershed Council for a habitat restoration event this Saturday, Dec. 16 at Errol Heights Park! Help remove invasive species and improve the overall habitat of these special cold water springs and wetlands. This location provides habitat for endangered salmon and other freshwater species. Tools, water, snacks, and guidance will be provided. Read more at http://bit.do/ErrolHeightsRestore or email Volunteer Coordinator Courtney Beckel at email@example.com, or call (503) 652-7447 ext. 101.
Green Street Stewards can now plant in their adopted green streets! Learn about becoming a Green Street Steward and how the new planting policy works, on the City Green Blog.
Green streets are small rain gardens that collect, absorb and filter stormwater runoff from streets. Environmental Services is so grateful to all the Green Street Stewards who help maintain these important elements of the city's green infrastructure. Read on and adopt a green street here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/article/665950
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Under Commissioner Nick Fish's leadership, Environmental Services and Portland Water Bureau partnered with Project SEARCH to bring in a team of interns to work with both utilities this year. Project Search works to remove workplace barriers for people with disabilities. We're so glad they are on board.
Meet Trey, Benton, Matt, Cindthia, Ivory, & Per-Michael, our 1st class of Project Search interns.
As Commissioner Fish said during yesterday's intern meeting: "I am grateful for the interns for their public service, and for our nonprofit partner. We hope to expand this pilot to more bureaus in the coming year."
Today I had lunch with our first class of interns from Project SEARCH. And I got to tour their worksites.
Our goal is to remove barriers in the workplace for people with disabilities.
I am grateful for the interns for their public service, and for our nonprofit partner.
We hope to expand this pilot to more bureaus in the coming year.
Special thanks to Kristen Pelenskij for coordinating the visit today - and to my teams at our utilities.
Get a credit on your stormwater bill for planting a tree in your yard with our Treebate program! If you plan on planting a tree this winter, Environmental Services wants to thank you with a credit on your City sewer/stormwater/water utility bill. Environmental Services is responsible for managing the runoff from rainwater that falls on the City, making sure it’s clean before it returns to the river. Trees help us do that!
Treebate is a residential yard tree program meant to ...credit trees for stormwater management. If you plan to apply for a Treebate, please read the eligibility requirements before purchasing your tree.
The size of the credit you receive for Treebate depends on the mature size of the tree and the amount of money you paid for it. Treebate credits are 50% of the purchase price of the tree up to $15 for small trees, $25 for medium trees, and $50 for large trees.
For Frequently Asked Questions, to view full eligibility and sizing details, or to submit an application, visit portlandoregon.gov/bes/treebate!
Don't dump fats, oils and grease down the drain! Want to see why? Check out this great KPTV story showing how fats, oils, grease and so-called "flushable" wipes can clog sewer pipes, causing sewer backups and other problems.