Feb. 4, 1991: Someone finally has enough of all that crap in the Willamette…

40th Anniversary
Not a lot of people went swimming in the Willamette River. Portland’s century-old sewers had been designed to let rainwater running off streets mingle with what gets flushed down toilets. Even   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 BRENT WALTH

Headout: An Ode to the Big Pipe

It took $1.4 Billion to change our stream from open sewer to clean blue dream.

Stretching out deep underground, it works to keep our river clean while swimmers race, tubers chain round: Willamette’s hero, unheard, unseen. Now as it helps us enjoy summer o’er a diseased    More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

The Portland Index: In Bondage

How much debt has Portland passed on to residents via bonds?

News Stories
Like most major cities, Portland puts the cost of many of its public essentials—sewers, parks and public safety—on the credit card. The bonds Portland has sold also paid for  urban rene   More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 TROY BRYNELSON

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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