May 2016 Newsletter


Connecting Our Community

May 2016

Levee Study Results Now Available

With 45 miles of levees in Multnomah County near the confluence of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, the East Columbia neighborhood is in the Peninsula Drainage District #2 and is in a managed flood plain. The levees reduce the risk of flooding for tens of thousands of jobs, neighborhoods, local farms, parks and natural areas, and critical infrastructure like the Portland International Airport and a source of drinking water serving 800,000 Oregonians. Levee Ready Columbia is working to prepare our community for future floods.

Levee Ready Columbia will ensure that the levees and other flood management infrastructure remain accredited by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and remain in good standing in the US Army Corps of Engineers’ (the Corps) Rehabilitation and Inspection Program (RIP). Accreditation from FEMA is necessary to ensure that property owners have access to the discounted flood insurance provided through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

At a recent meeting of East Columbia and Bridgeton neighbors, staff from FEMA, Army Corps of Engineers, Multnomah County, Cornforth Consultants and Multnomah County Drainage District explained results of a study that was done to determine how development on the levee, specifically structures built on, in, or adjacent to the levee, influence the performance of the levee during a high water event. They provided information for property owners and answered questions in regard to existing encroachments. To view the study results, visit the Levee Ready Columbia website and navigate to “Technical and Engineering Reports”, then “PEN 2 Encroachment Summary Report General”.

Voice Your Air Quality Concerns

Residents in nearby communities have been experiencing ongoing air quality issues and recently a packed house at a Hayden Island community meeting provided strong feedback to the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Input about our air quality from citizens is vital – these reports inform and guide DEQ’s approach to addressing the issue.

Report foul odors to DEQ online or call the DEQ odor hotline at 888-997-7888.

Helpful resources:

  • Eastside Portland Air Coalition
  • Neighbors for Clean Air
  • Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
  • Safer Air Oregon

  • Vanport Mosaic Festival Held May 27-30

    The Vanport Mosaic Festival will bring together a variety of efforts surrounding the celebration and preservation of the history of Vanport and its residents. These activities will include music, dance, theater, film, poetry, an historical exhibit, lectures and tours at the Vanport site that will engage audiences in a deeper understanding of this chapter in Portland history.

    The festival will take place May 27-30, 2016 on the 68th anniversary of the Vanport Flood. Visit for more information.

    Upcoming Events

    Hammer Thru Hump Day

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016
    5 pm to Midnight
    White Eagle Saloon
    836 N. Russell, Portland
    Fundraiser for North Portland Tool Library

    ECNA Transportation Committee Meeting

    Friday, June 3, 2016
    6:30 pm
    1002 NE Lija Loop
    Phone: 503-998-2462

    ECNA General Meeting
    Tuesday, June 14, 2016
    7-8:30 p.m.
    Columbia River RV Park
    Community Room
    10649 NE 13th Avenue

    Save the Date: Annual Neighborhood Picnic

    Saturday, July 30, 2016


    About the ECNA Newsletter

    Editor/Coordinator: Michelle Price  

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