On Wednesday, May 15, at around 12:40 p.m. local time, a truck carrying a Nitric and Hydrofluoric acid mixture leaked onto the ground at Precision Castparts’ facility in Milwaukie. Employees were evacuated and Clackamas Fire and Portland and Gresham HazMat teams were on scene. No injuries have been reported.
DEQ has been assessing the site. There are no issues with air quality. There was some release to Precision Castparts’ stormwater system, which discharges to Johnson Creek. Precision Castparts treated and recirculated the water with caustic to bring the pH up. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife conducted spot checks on margins and backwaters along Johnson Creek, but no dead fish were observed. DEQ instructed Precision Castparts to collect samples of the discharge water at the outfall and we expect results within a week or two.
On Thursday, May 16, a DEQ Water Quality specialist conducted a site inspection and evaluated the stormwater system at Precision Castparts. He determined there should be no environmental harm, as long as staff followed the established stormwater pollution control plan. He is waiting on an official report from Precision Castparts to understand exactly how they responded to the incident.
The release was apparently the result of a failure on a sampling port on a chamber in the tanker, but investigation into the cause is ongoing.
This update received from Daniel Newberry, Executive Director, Johnson Creek Watershed Council.
Errol Heights Park Temporary Trail Closure – Expect to see motorized geotechnical boring and excavation equipment in the park on May 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd. This work will result in a temporary trail closures (signs will be in place when trails are closed) and temporary disturbance of the ground. Please use caution throughout the park as equipment will be moving between several different designated work areas. This work is being done as part of the new park improvements for Errol Heights Park. For more information please visit the project page. Click here!
The burn ban has been issued due to forecasted high temperatures, limited rainfall and ongoing dry conditions.
The burn ban includes recreational campfires, fire pits, yard debris, agricultural burning and permits issued for open burning until further notice. Check with your local Fire Department/District for more information. For updated information please call the burning information line at:
–503-618-3083 for Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, Fire District 10
–503-695-2225 for Corbett Fire District 14
–503-621-1242 for Sauvie Island District 30
–503-823-3700 for Portland Fire & Rescue general information
Outdoor barbecuing is still allowed; however, community members should exercise extreme caution. When using charcoal briquettes please properly dispose of ashes in a covered metal container away from combustibles, and keep the ashes wet for a few days before properly disposing of them. Maintain at least ten feet between outdoor cooking and anything combustible such as siding, fences, shrubbery, etc.
Smokers are reminded to ensure their cigarettes are truly out and placed in proper receptacles.
Those living in rural areas are asked to maintain their defensible space by monitoring growth surrounding homes and structures, and to maintain adequate access for firefighting equipment.
**The National Weather Service has issued a RED FLAG warning today in consideration of expected high winds. This increases the fire danger significantly and is a rare this time of year.
Over the past several months, the City Budget Office has been working with representatives throughout the City of Portland on a new citywide initiative called the Portland Community Insights Survey. This survey is a redesign of the Community Survey conducted by the Auditor’s Office until 2016 and is meant to provide City Bureaus and City Council with actionable insights to help inform budgeting and policy decisions.
This survey will give us the opportunity to hear from people who rely on us each day to make sure Portland is a great place to live. It includes questions on policy and budget priorities, satisfaction with services, ideas for improvement, and service usage patterns. Insights fromthese responses will help us build a stronger, more equitable city.
Please share the survey link as widely as possible and encourage those in your respective networks to make their voices heard: www.research.net/r/PDXspeaks
The survey will remain open through May 28th.
In addition to the online survey, we have a team of student and community leaders conducting in-person canvassing of the survey in underrepresented communities. If you see them in bright blue Community Data Fellows t-shirts –please stop for a chat!
The survey is available online in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Russian.
The survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
The survey is opt-in and available to anyone who lives, works, and/or plays in the City of Portland.
If you have any additional questions, please contact Shannon Carney at Shannon.Carney@portlandoregon.gov. Thank you in advance for your support with this important initiative.
Attention, parents! Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association will be offering a supervised activity for kids in the adjacent room! BDNA volunteers will supervise an all-ages movie for children to enjoy while parents join the Play + Skate discussion.
Portland Parks & Recreation and the Errol Heights Park project team invites neighbors to attend an upcoming public meeting to review concepts and designs for the Play and Skate elements of the park.
This meeting is an opportunity for the design team at Mayer/Reed to share their initial concepts and designs for these two important elements of the park, and get valuable feedback and suggestions from the public to ensure that the park can best meet the needs of the Brentwood-Darlington community.
Specifically, we would like to discuss: · Are the play features inclusive of children of all abilities? · Does the skate feature meet the needs various users including, younger/ inexperienced skaters, those with wheelchairs, scooters and/ or BMX bikes?
Bring your friends, families, neighbors or anyone else who is interested in the future of Errol Heights park! Agenda below.