Although their public health assessment work is now complete, there are ongoing soil and water cleanup activities occurring at the PCC facility. PCC was also recently called into the Cleaner Air Oregon program, where it will be required to conduct a health-based risk assessment of its emissions. These activities are led by DEQ with support and consultation from the OHA Environmental Public Health team.
Questions or concerns? Contact the Environmental Public Health Team at Oregon Health Authority by email or phone at (503)-269-3689.
As we shared Thursday night, Portland Public Schools will extend spring break, beginning Monday, March 16 with a plan for students to return to schools on Wednesday, April 1 (staff will be expected to return on Monday, March 30, two days earlier). During this time, all school activities, including athletic events and practices, are canceled. We know that many families depend on schools not only for their students’ education, but also for meals, child care, access to health services and other supports. We are working quickly to identify ways to provide services to students and families during the extended break:
Oregon announced its first presumptive case of novel coronavirus, COVID-19, on February 28, 2020. Health officials continue investigating as they urge good hand hygiene, covering coughs and staying home if you are sick.
For details on the case and advice to keep you and your family safe, please read the press release:
Order online March 1st-15th, 2020 at sparrowhawknativeplants.com and pick up Saturday, April 11th, 2020 at Learning Gardens Lab (6801 SE 60th Ave, 97206) in Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood, SE Portland. Experts will be on hand at the pickup event to talk about pollinators, water conservation, native plants, and sustainable gardening from 10:00AM-4:30PM. If you missed the order window, shop the Overstock Flash Sale at the end of the pickup event, 4:00PM – 4:30PM.
This week the Portland Bureau of Transportation will be updating the speed limit on two segments of SE Flavel Street. The new speed limit will be 25 mph from 52nd to 92nd avenues and from 112th Avenue to Deardorff Road.
The reduced speed limits support the City of Portland’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. Speed is a factor in nearly half of deadly crashes that occur in Portland. Lower speeds result in fewer crashes. When crashes occur, lower speeds make it more likely that people will survive (see image below). You can learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero work at http://visionzeroportland.com.
George Lozovoy, the Portland Parks and Recreation project manager for renovation of Errol Heights Park, will go over the Land Use Notice and describe the park’s features: amenities such as splash pad, skate spot, stairways, picnic and playground in the upper level; accessible trails, slope restructuring, tree preservation, and beaver ponds in the lower, natural area; park access via new sidewalks on surrounding streets. George will answer questions, remark on temporary trail closures, and provide a timeline for implementation of the renovation project.
On Wednesday, January 8, the Portland City Council passed a resolution authorizing a special elections schedule to fill a vacancy in office that occurred upon the death of former Commissioner Nick Fish. The election for the remainder of the Commissioner’s term will coincide with the City’s regular May 19, 2020 Primary Election. A run-off election, if necessary, is set for Tuesday, August 11, 2020, should no candidate receive a majority of the vote.