8/29/2012 3:29 PM
Are you curious about how Portland International Airport handles deicing operations in the winter? Have you driven by our new facility on NE 33rd Ave. and wondered what exactly happens there? As we head into the fall and winter months, we are opening our doors to the public and other interested parties to learn more about our new deicing treatment facility.
The Port of Portland designed the enhanced system in partnership with air carriers and regulatory agencies to better protect water quality in the Columbia Slough. The entire project is part of an agreement with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to ensure the Port meets environmental regulations for deicing operations while maintaining safe airport operations.
The enhanced system features on-site anaerobic treatment, one of only three facilities of its kind in the nation. Major construction of the facility was completed last fall and the Port went through a seven-month start-up testing process during winter and spring of 2011-12 to ensure the system operated as designed. That process was completed in April 2012 and the system is now fully operational.
For an inside look, join us for a guided facility tour on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Tours will occur every half hour between 5 and 7 p.m. at our facility on 10150 NE 33rd Dr. in Portland. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.
7/11/2012 1:36 PM
It’s finally summer! With the arrival of warmer and more pleasant weather, there’s no better excuse to spend some time in and around Portland’s waterways. Check out these two upcoming events, made possible by a few of the Port of Portland’s community partners. Both events will occur on Sunday, July 29.
The Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s eighteenth annual Columbia Slough Regatta will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The on-the-water festival is a leisurely group paddle along the slough’s gentle waters, suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers alike. Bring your own boat or take advantage of CSWC’s complimentary 45-minute canoe or kayak rental. Boats will depart from the St. Johns Boat Launch and head either to the Ramsey Wetlands area or east along Smith and Bybee wetlands. Besides great paddling opportunities, the event will offer community information tables, paddling safety information, face painting and food for purchase. CSWC suggests a $7 donation to help support their education, restoration and recreation programs within the watershed.
Photo courtesy of Columbia Slough Watershed Council
On the other side of town, head down to the Willamette River for the second annual Big Float, an event celebrating the river, its preservation and recreational opportunities. A westward parade across the Hawthorne Bridge begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by an approximately one-hour float across the river, landing on the east bank at Hawthorne Cove. Participants will be greeted with food carts, exhibits, sponsor booths, live music and beer once they reach the east shore of the river. A $5 registration fee covers event costs and extra proceeds will be donated to Willamette Riverkeeper. All floaters must have a floatation device and wear a life jacket, both of which can be purchased when you register online or at the event. Registration begins on-site at 10 a.m. or you may register online ahead of time.