The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has denied
[PDF] the City of Portland's request for a variance that would have allowed the city to keep its open reservoirs
at Mt. Tabor and Washington Park.
The EPA has recommended instead that the City follow its own plans from last year to build new, enclosed storage facilities.
The letter from the feds is stamped Dec. 16, 2009.
The Water Bureau announced the ruling today after Commissioner Randy Leonard's office discovered the letter, which had been inadvertently misplaced around the December holidays.
Photo of Bull Run from the Water Bureau.