Not a lot of people went swimming in the Willamette River.
century-old sewers had been designed to let rainwater running off
streets mingle with what gets flushed down toilets. Even
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
How much debt has Portland passed on to residents via bonds?
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
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