Arboretum May update

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Columbia Children’s ArboretumProject Update for May 2022
Construction is beginning and fencing will be installed the week of May 9th. We’re happy to share that construction fencing will be isolated to the west side of the park (west of the bridge in the middle of the park) ​and the parking area on NE 6th Drive will be closed.  This will allow for the east side of the park, accessed only from Meadow Lane and Lija Loop, to remain open to visitors until approximately July or August at which point the east side of the park will also become closed for construction.

Work occurring through the month of May will include contractor mobilization onto the site, utility locates, tree protection fencing, tree pruning, erosion control, surveying, clearing and grubbing, earthwork and storm sewer work in NE 6th Drive. Please note there will be a one lane closure on NE 6th Drive for several weeks to complete this work.
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ECNA meeting invitation

East Columbia Neighborhood Association General meeting will be held on Wednesday 11 May, rather than the usual Tuesday.  This will be a hybrid meeting with both In-person and Zoom options available.

In-Person: Meet at the Columbia Community Bible Church at 420 NE Marine Drive.  Meeting to begin at 7:00 pm.  Please do not attend if you are feeling ill.

Zoom: Time: May 11, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86452119917?pwd=Z0d5Ti9XZ2ljYVpwQlVYMDZqZHFzUT09

Meeting ID: 864 5211 9917    Passcode: 580003

Agenda Items

Interstate Bridge Replacement

            A COMMUNITY PROPOSED CONCEPT will be discussed.  There are no approved or final plans for the Bridge or associated Ramps, Feeders, etc.

News Letter Distribution

MCDD invited

Neighborhood Cleanup

Crime/Emergency Communications


Do you have a story to tell?

The Portland Archives and Records Center has created an oral history program and wants your ideas for storytellers.

Gathering and preserving stories through interviews allows the people who’ve experienced life in Portland to speak for themselves and adds a dimension to the documents that memorialize City business. Oral histories amplify diverse experiences within the community and help narrators create meaning that otherwise would not exist. We are seeking suggestions for stories that should be told about past City projects, initiatives, and events.

If you have an idea for a great oral history that we could preserve, please visit our online form and tell us about it. Feel free to share the link with former city employees, too:


Please email your questions to parc@portlandoregon.gov

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Bud Clark celebration

Remembrance and Call for Civic Commitment

Honor Former Mayor, J.E. “Bud” Clark

The late Portland Mayor, J.E. “Bud” Clark – and the positive impact he had on the “City of Roses” that he loved so well — will be remembered in a public celebration of his life on Sunday, May 15th at 1:00 p.m. in Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square.  The event will include musical tributes, personal remembrances from family members and those who worked with him, and a “Bud Clark’s City” themed volunteer downtown cleanup produced by the non-profit, SOLVE.  Clark passed away on February 1 at the age of 90.

 Bud was truly, “The Citizen Mayor” who, as Portland’s premier publican, welcomed everyone as he had at his Spatenhaus Tavern and later at the Goose Hollow Inn. During his two terms, Bud had weekly, “Lunch With The Mayor” gatherings at City Hall, where anyone could share a sandwich with the Mayor, as staff carefully recorded their ideas, concerns, and thanks for follow-up to address their views.

The Sunday event will include performances by The Portland Youth Philharmonic, Thomas Lauderdale, Kathleen Saadat, Mel Brown Quartet and the MarchFourth Marching Band among other personal remembrances.   An “Ice Cream Social” provided by the local business Salt & Straw will follow the presentations. All Portlanders are welcomed to the take part in the cleanup and remembrance event as a demonstration of community pride and rededication to help the city regain its national status as a premier place to work, live and enjoy. Information for “Bud Clark’s City” downtown cleanup can be found at www.solveoregon.org/. In Bud’s honor there will be a bike ride that morning. For more information at www.thestreettrust.org


An account to cover expenses to “Celebrate Bud Clark” has been established at US Bank.  All monies that are contributed over expenses will be donated in Bud Clark’s name to two of his favorite non-profit organizations; “Meals on Wheels People” and the Portland Audubon Society. To make a contribution, please send checks payable to: Charles P Duffy, “CBC”, P.O. Box 998,Beaverton, Oregon 97075

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Portland, OR 97228-6903

Endless Pressure, Endlessly Applied

In Livable Cities is Preservation of the Wild

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Corp of Engineers approves plan for levee improvements

Portland Metro Levee System, Oregon, FONSI
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
• 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
• 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: