Sanitary Sewage Release Advisory
(this is not a combined sewer overflow [CSO] advisory)
(February 6, 2019) – City crews are responding this evening to a sewage release along the NE Marine Drive bicycle path east of NE 33rd Drive.
Crews are working to clean up the overflow, some of which is soaking into a grassy area along the path. The Columbia River is not affected. The release was reported around 7:25 p.m. The overflow has stopped and the cause is under investigation.
Environmental Services has posted warning signs at the location of the release.
Over one-third of Portland’s more than 2,500 miles of sewer pipes are over 80 years old. Environmental Services has ongoing construction projects to replace and repair aging pipes throughout the city: www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/construction. The sewage release today is not related to Portland’s combined sewer overflow control system that protects the Willamette River and Columbia Slough from overflows during heavy storms.
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The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.
Media Contact Diane Dulken, 503-457-7636, firstname.lastname@example.org