SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup at West Hayden Island

by timmel 10/4/2012 11:29 AM

Last Saturday, Port employees were joined by Starbucks employees, University of Portland students, the Portland AmeriCorps Alums group and few local residents for a SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup event at West Hayden Island. The cleanup is one of over 100 similar events that occurred in Oregon in September. 

The island provides public access on the beach up to the ordinary high water mark and plenty of litter and debris had accumulated  since the last time we held a cleanup event in 2011. The group of 128 volunteers removed 2,800 pounds of litter and debris. We would like to deliver a big thank you to all who participated in the cleanup. Please visit our Facebook page for a few photos from the event.  

Willamette River Navigation Maintenance Project to Begin

by wrayr 9/19/2011 2:32 PM

A long-planned Army Corps of Engineers’ project to dredge a segment of the Willamette River gets under way soon. Later this month, the Corps will begin dredging sand and sediment that have accumulated in an area of the river called Post Office Bar. Located about two miles south of the Willamette’s confluence with the Columbia River, Post Office Bar is a tricky navigation point for river pilots, and the accumulated sediment on the river bottom is a navigation hazard.


Dredging is scheduled to last no more than 31 days and will take place while fish are least likely to be migrating through the river. Dredged sand and sediment will be placed at the Port’s West Hayden Island dredge material placement facility. This 105-acre site on the north side of the island was developed to manage dredge material long-term. It’s protected by berms, and material is placed there only after a careful and conservative review by environmental regulators.


Contractors working on behalf of the Corps will transport material from a barge anchored just off-shore of Hayden Island. Over the course of the month, they’ll pipe about 45,000 cubic yards of sand and sediment into the upland area. While the Port-owned property is not open to the public, anyone accessing the island should avoid the active work areas, especially areas inside the berms where material is being deposited. This area is marked by signs warning of the unstable nature of newly-placed wet sand and soil.


The beach on Hayden Island is open to everyone, and contractors are required to have a clearly-marked walkway over the pipe to maintain beach access. Have questions or comments? Email Rachel Wray or call 503.415-6047.



Shown above: the dredge material placement site on West Hayden Island is an open, sandy area on the north side of the island.

Hayden Island Cleanup Project Saturday, August 27

by wrayr 8/26/2011 10:38 AM

The Port is pleased to be one of several sponsors of a SOLV community cleanup project on Hayden Island this Saturday, August 27. Everyone's invited to join Hayden Island residents, Port staff, and local agencies and businesses to clean up litter, chat with City of Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz, and have a great time. Trash bags, gloves, and safety vests provided.

Swing by during the times below to lend a hand and learn more about the Hayden Island community and projects related to the Port's West Hayden Island property.

East Hayden Island Cleanup
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Meet at the southeast parking lot of the Jantzen Beach Super Center.

West Hayden Island Beach Walk and Cleanup
12:30- 5:00 p.m.
Meet at far west end of North Hayden Island Drive. Kick-off party with Commissioner Fritz begins at 1:00.

For more information, contact Pam Ferguson of the Hayden Island Neighborhood Association at 503.265.9479.