Water District Backers Ask for Criminal Investigation of Sewer Office Building


Portland City Hall's water and sewer foes have asked the Multnomah County District Attorney to investigate  whether the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) violated government contracting laws while an office building for sewer workers tripled in cost.Last week, WW examined how the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant services facility rose from $3.2 million to $11.4 million in price, ...   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AARON MESH

Portland Paying off Poopy Mess with PGE

Fecal matter

Call it a crappy situation: Portland's city government is set to pay Portland General Electric more than $7,000 for a stinky incident last spring. On the docket for this Wednesday’s City Council meeting is an ordinance to pay PGE $7,270 for a sewage spill on their property at the World Trade Center complex on June 6, 2012. A sewage pipe collapsed under Southwest Jefferson Street, causing ...   More
Monday, March 18, 2013 MATT KAUFFMAN

Greasing Small Business

A looming sewer charge will help big industry—and cost your corner cafe.

News Stories
Marilyn DeVault has watched several businesses in her neighborhood close down in recent years. Her bakery, the award-winning Piece of Cake in Sellwood, remains popular and busy. But she fears th   More
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 KARA WILBECK

Dr. Know: The Down-Low on Downspouts

Is it safe to reconnect my downspouts?

Dr. Know
Like lots of folks, I disconnected my gutter downspouts from the storm-drain system to save the river. Now that the “Big Pipe” is finished, though, can I reconnect them? It’s a swamp over he   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 MARTY SMITH


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