October Meeting Annoucement

DATE:    Wednesday, October 26th
PLACE:  Hawthorne Lucky Lab Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
TIME:     11:30 a.m: Networking, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m: Presentation
SPEAKER:  Marlys Mock and Todd Perimon, TVWD
TOPIC: Regional Willamette Water Supply Program

tvwdThe regional Willamette Water Supply System (WWSS) will provide additional resiliency and redundancy to the water supplies of the City of Hillsboro and the Tualatin Valley Water District in Washington County and other potential project partners. The WWSS will include a 60 MGD water treatment plant, 30 million gallons of terminal reservoir storage, and more than 30 miles of 66-in to 48-in diameter pipeline. This presentation will provide an overview of the WWSS, detail the efforts of the Program Team and agency partners to identify and gain endorsement of an approved pipeline route, and discuss how the team coordinates with the numerous stakeholders on this $1.2 billion regional water supply program.

Marlys Mock has worked in public involvement and communications in the Pacific Northwest since 1998 as both a consultant and public official.  Prior to joining the Willamette Water Supply Program (WWSP) Marlys was the facilities liaison for Portland Public Schools. In her current role as the Communication and Outreach Coordinator for the WWSP, Marlys oversees the communication and outreach efforts to 8 cities, two counties and the numerous stakeholder groups in the region.

Todd Perimon is a registered Civil Engineer with over 25 years of experience in planning, design and construction of large water infrastructure projects.  He has been involved in numerous seismic resiliency projects including serving on the Water and Wastewater Committee that developed the Oregon Resilience Plan.  Todd currently serves as the Program Delivery and Real Estate manager for the WWSP.

2017 Stormwater Symposium Kickoff Meeting

dragonwellThe symposium planning kickoff meeting will take place on October 13th at the Dragonwell Bistro, downtown, at 5:30pm. Anyone interested in being a part of the planning for the 2017 Symposium should plan on attending. EWRG will be picking up the tab for the first round of drinks.

September Meeting Announcement

DATE:    Wednesday, September 28th
PLACE:  Hawthorne Lucky Lab Brew Pub, 915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
TIME:     11:30 a.m. Networking, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Presentation
SPEAKER:  Erik Bakkom, Maul Foster & Alongi
TOPIC: Zidell Waterfront Cleanup

zidellFormer ship breaking and salvage operations at the Zidell facility, located 3 miles upstream of the Portland Harbor Superfund site in the Willamette River, had impacted the upland and aquatic environment with polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), tributyltin (TBT), metals, and asbestos on this half-mile stretch of river. The remedy selected by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) required soil and sediment caps to isolate contaminants, riprap armoring to resist river erosion, and bank grading to address slope stability. Following the Record of Decision for the site, an iterative design process was begun with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to develop the sediment and bank line cap design. The project manager encouraged the design group to develop concepts that would reduce ecological impacts associated with the remedy and its implementation, improving the chances of success during the Endangered Species Act consultation for listed fish (salmon and steelhead). During the design process, the team evaluated contaminant distribution, contaminant isolation, bathymetry, fluvial dynamics, bank stability, armoring against erosion, site operational considerations (vessel launching), hydraulics (impacts to flood elevation), ecological impacts, and infrastructure (e.g., municipal stormwater discharges, existing and proposed bridges). Investigation of these elements provided the design team a higher level of understanding of the site needs, resulting in a significantly modified and more complex remedy concept that integrated the bank and sediment cap components. In three construction phases the remedy was implemented to remove hot spot soils, to stabilize more than a half-mile of river bank and cap 12-acres of sediments, and then cap 30-acres of upland soils. The design team coordinated extensively with the City of Portland during the abandonment of a former city outfall and with TriMet for the construction of the Tilikum Crossing Bridge. The project was recognized in 2014 with ASCE/COPRI’s Project Excellence Award in the large project category. Erik will review the process of developing the complex remedial design for upland and sediment and how several significant challenges were turned into significant opportunities.

Erik Bakkom is a senior engineer at Maul Foster & Alongi, Inc. He has 17 years of experience in environmental engineering, focusing on brownfield/industrial site cleanup, sediment remediation, and solid waste planning and design. Erik has worked as part of various teams to bioremediate a large solvent plume adjacent to the Willamette River, to cap and redevelop the Astoria landfill to a high school sports complex, and construction of a mine waste repository in Idaho’s Silver Valley to address cleanup of the Couer d’Alene River. Erik began design work on the Zidell Waterfront Property cleanup in 2006 and has overseen construction between 2010 and 2016.

2016 Boat Tour

boat-tour-mapThe 2016 Boat Tour was a huge success!

We learned about local Willamette River ecological and water related issues and concerns, as well as mingled and conversed with a diverse group of environmentally minded individuals. We were reminded that we’re all working towards the same goal: protecting and preserving our natural water resources. Speakers included:

Oaks Bottom Habitat – Sean Bistoff, BES
Kellogg Dam Removal – Mark Gamba, City of Milwaukie
Big Pipe project – Arnel Mandilag, BES
Eastbank Crescent – Debbie Bischoff, City of Portland
Portland Harbor Superfund – Kevin Parrett, DEQ
Tilikum Crossing – Calvin Lee, Trimet