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South Waterfront Design Survey

Portland Parks & Recreation South Waterfront Greenway – North Reach We Invite Your Comments on Three Preliminary Design Options Your feedback will help us develop a great plan for the next section of the South Waterfront Greenway. You can review the three preliminary design options and submit your comments using these links: Design Options – Comment Form Please submit your comments by February 21, 2017 at 5:00 pm. Three preliminary design options were presented at a Community Meeting on February 7, 2017, and are available for public review and comment until February 21, 2017. This project is designing the area along the […]

EPA Willamette River Final Clean-up Plan

Update from the below meeting Follow-Up from EPA Community Information Sessions for the Portland Harbor ROD:  EPA issued its Record of Decision (ROD) for cleanup of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site in January 2017 and presented four community information sessions in March 2017. If you were not able to make any of the information sessions in person, the slides and recording are online: Slides from EPA’s Presentation on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Record of Decision:  https://semspub.epa.gov/work/10/100042471.pdf Video of EPA’s Presentation on the Portland on the Portland Harbor Superfund Site Record of Decision:  https://youtu.be/aXsAf-9Wpyc All are invited: EPA Record of […]

Portland for Everyone

Portland faces a housing shortage. And many Portlanders don’t like McMansions going up on their streets, especially when they replace otherwise good structures. Portlanders also wonder sometimes why more neighborhoods in the city aren’t being built to resemble the now-expensive ones within a few miles of downtown that are in such high demand. The reason is that it’s currently illegal to build neighborhoods like those. In 1959, Portland banned most new small multifamily dwellings like duplexes, four-plexes and internal home divisions — the same small, efficient homes that continue to make corner stores and frequent buses viable in Portland’s most […]

Connect the Park Blocks

Oregon Walkways on the ‘Green Loop’ August 20 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Park Avenue from NW Hoyt to SW Market The International Open Streets Summit is coming to the Park Blocks! A one-day pedestrian route along Park Ave will allow people to walk between the North and South Park Blocks and be clear of parked cars or vehicle traffic. Increase foot traffic and build community, as envisioned by the Green Loop concept! Contact Volunteer.betterblockpdx@gmail.com to get involved!

Halprin 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Event

SoMa EcoDistrict’s Halprin 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Event at Lovejoy Fountain Submitted by Grant Higginson A NWNW Small Grant allowed SoMa Ecodistrict to hold a community event on June 9th to engage neighborhood residents, employees, students, and visitors, and to raise awareness for the SoMa EcoDistrict and the Halprin Landscape Conservancy. Another objective was to strengthen ties between district stakeholders that in addition to SoMa and Halprin, included: Portland Downtown Neighborhood Association (PDNA); SAGE (South Auditorium Greenway Environs); PSU Institute for Sustainable Solutions; 200 Market Building; and many other property owners and businesses – all of these groups contributing social capital […]

Cleaner Air Oregon Webinar

On Tuesday, June 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Cleaner Air Oregon will hold an interactive webinar to discuss Washington and California’s industrial air toxics programs. The webinar invites the people of Oregon to learn about current industrial air toxics regulations in those states and how human health risk assessments in those states can inform a new regulatory approach in Oregon. All members of the community are invited and encouraged to join this conversation, ask questions and provide input about Cleaner Air Oregon, the new program to reform industrial air toxics regulations.   How to Participate The webinar will be held […]

Willamette Superfund EPA Plan Release

Portland Harbor Proposed Cleanup Plan and Public Comment Period The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking formal public comment on the Proposed Cleanup Plan for the Portland Harbor Superfund Site in Portland, Oregon from June 9, 2016 until August, 8, 2016. The Portland Harbor Superfund Site is located on the lower Willamette River approximately between the Broadway Bridge and Sauvie Island. This area is contaminated with many hazardous substances. The most widespread contaminants of human health significance are polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs-now banned) and dioxins/furans. The most widespread contaminants of ecological significance are PCBs, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), dioxins […]

Know Your Polluters Workshop

In response to the latest wave of concern about Portland’s air quality, The Cully Stink Team, in collaboration with Portland Clean Air, has developed a user-friendly presentation about how citizens can research:  who their nearby air polluting industries are  which government agencies issue permits to their operations  how to obtain those permits  what hazardous materials they have on-site and what toxics they emit  what to do once you have the data The presentation runs about 30 minutes and comes with a guide put out by Portland Clean Air. This hands-on presentation had its first run last Saturday at the Hollywood Library […]