Early Cleanup of Seattle's Duwamish River Moving Ahead

by Rachel Wray 10/3/2011 5:28 PM

With the Port’s participation in the Lower Willamette Group and the Portland Harbor Partnership, news about regional Superfund cleanups is always informative. This article on efforts to clean up a five-mile stretch of Seattle’s Duwamish River is a must-read. The Duwamish Superfund process is a few years ahead of where we are in Portland Harbor, but with similar challenges, including legacy contamination from World War II activities and many parties that are responsible for pollution but are no longer around or in business, leaving the cleanup to those groups still standing. Interesting to watch the progress up north as we move closer to the completion of a Portland Harbor draft feasibility study, which will provide the menu of options the Environmental Protection Agency will use to make cleanup decisions for the Willamette.

Report on Portland Harbor Recreational Use Released

by Rachel Wray 9/21/2011 2:56 PM

The Oregon Health Authority recently released the final version of the Public Health Assessment addressing the recreational use of the Portland Harbor Superfund site, a segment of the Willamette River located between the Broadway Bridge and Sauvie Island. OHA’s updated report reflects input received during a lengthy public comment period that ended in July 2010. The entire report is available online, with an informative summary and project flyers also available. The independent health assessment concluded that the main threats to human health from the Portland Harbor Superfund site come from eating resident fish that live year-round in the Harbor, not from recreational use of the area.

Don’t Miss "Industry & Art" Exhibit at Vigor Industrial!

by Rachel Wray 9/19/2011 2:53 PM

This month, the Port is helping sponsor an exciting event, the Industry&Art: The Rivers Run Through Us exhibit at Vigor Industrial Shipyard. This must-see art show and sale is a unique glimpse into the people and industries of Portland’s working waterfront. The exhibit features both established and emerging artists (many of whom work in Portland Harbor) and includes paintings, sculptures, photography and more.

Industry&Art runs from September 22nd to the 25th, with open gallery and viewing hours this Thursday and Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM. On Saturday and Sunday, the exhibit is open from 11 AM to 7 PM, and in addition to viewing the exhibit, attendees can take a jet boat tour of the harbor, board the fully restored steamer Portland (the last steam-powered, sternwheeler tugboat to be built in the United States), and get up close to a World War II PT boat.

 

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5. Vigor Industrial Shipyard is located on Swan Island at 5555 N. Channel Avenue, Portland, OR 97217.

Willamette River Navigation Maintenance Project to Begin

by Rachel Wray 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 Rachel Wray 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.

RiverFest is Coming!

by Rachel Wray 8/15/2011 4:33 PM

The Port of Portland is a proud sponsor of RiverFest -- Portland’s annual celebration of the Willamette River. Be part of the celebration by attending one of the dozens of RiverFest events, including a concert in the park, kayak lessons, bridge tours, harbor tours, a SOLV riverbank clean-up, and more!

Click here for all the details, and don’t miss the RiverFest Fair this Sunday, August 21, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Watch the action at the Portland Triathlon while enjoying family-friendly activities all designed to bring you closer to one of the region’s true treasures, the Willamette River.

And sign up NOW for a special RiverFest sight-seeing cruise on the Portland Spirit -- see the Willamette close-up and in comfort on this special discounted adventure.

 

Don’t Miss Seaport Celebration!

by Rachel Wray 7/28/2011 6:21 PM

Ships and boats, trucks and cranes, and $5 jetboat tours on the Willamette River – Seaport Celebration has it all! Don’t miss this awesome, family-friendly event this Saturday, July 30, at the Port’s marine terminal 2.

And check out “Out and About with Drew Carney” on KGW between 5:00 and 7:00 a.m. on Friday morning for fun details and a behind-the-scenes glimpse of all that Seaport Celebration has to offer.

 

Portland Harbor Superfund Field Day on July 9

by Rachel Wray 7/7/2011 6:16 PM

The Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group is hosting Superfund Field Day this Saturday, July 9, to share information about the environmental cleanup of the lower Willamette River. The event, from noon to 3:00 p.m., will be held at beautiful Cathedral Park in North Portland. In addition to great information and fun activities from many groups involved in cleaning up Portland Harbor, the Field Day will feature free jet boat tours – space is limited, so come early to sign up!

 

For more information about the Portland Harbor Superfund project, visit the Environmental Protection Agency and the Lower Willamette Group. To learn more about the Port's efforts at Terminal 4, don't miss the Community Advisory Group meeting the following Wednesday, July 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the BES Lab, 6543 N. Burlington Ave., in North Portland. T4 project manager Kelly Madalinski will present the latest on our work to clean up contamination at this busy marine terminal.

OPB's Think Out Loud on International Trade

by Rachel Wray 6/23/2011 6:11 PM

Listen in on some fascinating stories from Oregon Public Broadcasting! On June 22, the first segment of OPB’s Think Out Loud program featured Claire Bolderson, a BBC News Hour reporter who’s visiting and broadcasting from Portland. Claire talked about her trip to the Port of Portland and her conversations with people who rely on international trade, like hazelnut growers in the Willamette Valley.

 

The second segment of the show focused on wheat and agriculture products that are exported through Pacific Northwest ports. Portland is the largest wheat exporting port in the country and third largest in the world, and the guests provided interesting perspective on the relationship between Oregon-grown wheat and consumers in China and other parts of Asia.

 

 

Latest on Whistle-Free Zone Project in North Portland

by Rachel Wray 6/7/2011 11:00 AM

Great, thorough coverage in Neighborhood Notes on the prospects of funding for a Whistle-Free Zone around railroad tracks running through the St. Johns/Cathedral Park neighborhoods. Check it out and learn more about how different transportation and community improvement projects are funded.