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Corp of Engineers approves plan for levee improvements

Portland Metro Levee System, Oregon, FONSI
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FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT
Portland Metro Levee System Feasibility Study, Integrated Feasibility Report and
Environmental Assessment
Portland Oregon
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District (Corps) has conducted an environmental
analysis in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended. The
Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment (IFR/EA) dated June 2021
for the Portland Metro Levee System (PMLS) Feasibility Study (Study) addresses flood risk
reduction opportunities and feasibility in Multnomah County, Oregon, including areas within the
cities of Portland, Fairview, Gresham, and Troutdale. The final recommendation is contained in
the report of the Chief of Engineers, dated August 20, 2021.
The Final IFR/EA, incorporated herein by reference, evaluated various alternatives that would
improve levee performance, incorporate resilience and reduce flood risk in the study area. The
Recommended Plan (RP) is the National Economic Development (NED) Plan.
The RP seeks to address inconsistencies within the PMLS, which is comprised of four
integrated and contiguous levee systems: Peninsula Drainage District No. 1 (PEN 1), Peninsula
Drainage District No. 2 (PEN 2), Multnomah County Drainage District No. 1 (MCDD), and Sandy
Drainage Improvement Company (SDIC), in order to provide more uniform flood risk throughout
the study area. The RP focuses on both internal and external sources of flooding. Measures in
the RP include the following structural and non-structural measures. The measures in the RP
would:
• Widen the PEN 1 Columbia Slough levee and add seepage controls (toe drains). In
MCDD West, replace portions of the landward toe of the Peninsula Canal cross levee
and Columbia Slough levee with gravel to enhance stability. In SDIC, install a stability
berm for the Columbia River levee from the pump station to Sundial Road.
• Prepare information content that can be incorporated into existing local planning
framework to boost effectiveness of flood warnings and evacuation. Includes flood risk
information resulting from this feasibility study.
• Increase levee heights for portions of PEN 1 and PEN 2 levees along Columbia
mainstem and Columbia Slough. In MCDD West, fill isolated low spots in the Peninsula
Canal cross levee and Station 511+00 of the Columbia River levee (near Broughton
Beach Park). Raise low spots near the Troutdale outlet mall and the Columbia River
segment of SDIC.
• Add capacity at PEN 2 13th Avenue and MCDD Pump Station 2. Replace pumps,
associated intakes, discharge lines, and trash racks.
• Develop 4-season gravel maintenance road on railroad parallel levee and Peninsula
Canal cross levee between MCDD and PEN 2.
• Replace SDIC Sandy Pump Station at a higher elevation and install redundant power
sources within the system of pump stations.
• Replace Trash Rakes at MCDD Pump Station 4.
• Construct a parallel levee at the PEN 1 railroad embankment and new floodwall to
connect to existing PEN 1 floodwall.
• Develop flood risk education materials for the population at risk and visitors within the
study area.Portland Metro Levee System, Oregon, FONSI
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• Design and install flood hazard and evacuation route signage throughout the study area.
• Develop designated safe zones at high points within the PMLS for those that cannot
evacuate from the floodplain. Would be implemented in conjunction with Measure 6.
In addition to a “no action” plan, a total of four action alternatives were considered, and three
were evaluated in detail. Each alternative included both structural and non-structural flood risk
reduction measures. The alternatives included Alternatives 3, 4, and 5, each including
components of levee widening, seepage controls, increasing the I-5 floodwall, and addressing
pump station deficiencies, along with non-structural measures such as creating safe zones,
improving evacuation routes, and increasing education of flood risks. Alternative formulation is
discussed in Section 3 of the Final IFR/EA, and alternative evaluation and selection is
discussed in Sections 4 and 5 of the Final IFR/EA. Alternative 5 is the RP.
For all alternatives, the potential effects were evaluated, as appropriate. A summary
assessment of the potential effects of the RP are listed in Table 1:

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Summer camp?

Northwest Children’s Theater is expanding our summer camp offerings to North Portland: August 8 – 19 at the Peninsula Odd Fellows Lodge, 4834 N Lombard St.

We are dedicated to reaching as many kids as possible by partnering with the communities where they live. We already partner with programs like Self Enhancement to offer drama in after-school programs in elementary schools across North Portland, and we’re so excited to keep things going year-round with summer camps! 

These classes are tuition-based, however scholarships are available (in our 30-year history, we’ve never turned away a child due to inability to pay.) You can view the full schedule at https://nwcts.org/summer-2022-north/.

For more information about NWCT’s award-winning mainstage and educational arts programs, visit www.nwcts.org.

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EPA to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Good Neighbor Plan

EPA will hold a virtual public hearing on April 21, 2022 to provide the public an opportunity to present comments and information on the Agency’s proposed Good Neighbor Plan. The Good Neighbor proposal would deliver improvements in air quality in cities and counties across the country to protect people from preventable premature deaths, asthma attacks, and respiratory illness. The Good Neighbor proposal targets the ozone and ozone-forming NOX emissions that are being transported by wind across state lines, often over long distances. Downwind areas – urban, suburban, and rural – that are impacted by pollution from upwind states, would benefit from the proposal.

Date and Time: April 21, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)

Register Here: https://2015ozonefip-publichearing.eventbrite.com

Language/Reasonable Accommodation Request: If you need assistance in a language other than English, or if you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact Holly DeJong no later than April 14, 2022 by email at dejong.holly@epa.gov or by telephone at 919-541-4353. Note: We may not be able to arrange accommodations beyond this date.

EPA considers all comments equally, whether submitted in writing to the docket or given orally at a public hearing.  If time allows, EPA will provide an opportunity for hearing attendees, who did not preregister, to provide oral testimony.

Background

This public hearing provides the public an opportunity to present comments and information on the Agency’s proposed Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) Addressing Regional Ozone Transport for the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS). EPA is proposing a FIP to assure that the 26 states identified in the proposal do not significantly contribute to problems attaining and maintaining the 2015 Ozone NAAQS in downwind states. This action, known as a “Transport Rule” would help states fully resolve their Clean Air Act “good neighbor” obligations for the 2015 Ozone NAAQS.

On February 28, 2022,  EPA Administrator Michael Regan signed a proposed Federal Implementation Plan (FIP) to assure that the 26 states identified in the proposal do not significantly contribute to problems attaining and maintaining the 2015 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in downwind states.  This action, known as a “Transport Rule” would help states fully resolve their Clean Air Act “good neighbor” obligations for the 2015 Ozone NAAQS.

The rule would establish an allowance-based ozone season trading program with nitrogen oxides (NOX) emissions budgets for fossil fuel-fired power plants in 25 states. The rule would also establish NOX emissions limitations for certain other industrial stationary sources in 23 states. The public comment period for the proposal is open for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Additional information about the rule proposal including a fact sheet and summary maps can be found at: Good Neighbor Plan for 2015 Ozone NAAQS | US EPA

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Easter service invitation

You are Invited to …

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Easter Sunday Celebration

Sunday, April 17th

10:30 a.m. – Meet & Greet

11:00 a.m. – Easter Celebration

Easter Skit

Refreshments to Follow

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Columbia Community Bible Church

420 N.E. Marine Dr.

(503) 240-0923

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Neighborhood association meeting

ECNA Board Meeting Agenda 

7:00 pm Wednesday

13 April 2022 – ZOOM/In Person

Anticipated Attendees

In Person: Gary K, Carl E, Patrick H, Sally B

Zoom: Elizabeth R, Helene H, Karen M, Shayla G

Consider Kenton letter to PP&R

  •  Regarding use of leaded fuel at PIR – Previously sent to you

List of Neighborhood Association requirements for people. – Gary

  • Board members
  • News Letter
  • Web Master
  • Land Use committee
  • Transportation committee
  • Parks committee
  • Public Safety Action Committee representative   PSAC.nne.pdx=gmail.com@mlsend.com
  • Block Captains
  • Clean Air representative
  • Doers Organization representative
  • Garden Produce program manager
  • BEECN and NET participants

Planning summer events

  • Block/Street parties
  • Progressive Dinner
  • Garden Produce gathering/distribution
  • Arboretum construction completion – Gyrid/BNA

News Letter in April – Shayla

  • Delivery group search?
  • Potential liability from “Scouts delivery”? – Gary

Block Captains

    From March – Sally says we need Block Captains.  Carl and Patrick agree and say we should promote Phone Trees and try to get everyone to join one. Block Captains can assist with News Letter distribution and Phone Tree management.  ACTION NEEDED – How do we accomplish this?

IBR Concepts – Nothing new

Zoom Link:                

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86234735626?pwd=OTRrenBsWGhBYUF3ZTJvSWc3YnBuQT09
Meeting ID: 862 3473 5626    Passcode: 736865

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