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WES News Release 6/16/14              

Tri-City Service District files lawsuit opposing new Oregon City fee

The Tri-City Service District filed a lawsuit in Clackamas County Circuit Court June 10 seeking to invalidate a franchise fee being charged by Oregon City for TCSD infrastructure located within a city-owned right-of-way.  The lawsuit seeks to reduce or eliminate the impact of the fee on ratepayers in the district.

Last November the Oregon City Commission voted to impose a fee on public utilities operating within a city right-of-way.  As a result, TCSD, which manages the Tri-City Water Pollution Control Plant in Oregon City, is required to pay the city nearly $200,000 to conduct its operations on behalf of three member cities: Gladstone, West Linn, and Oregon City. 

The Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners serve as the governing board of the Tri-City Service District.  The county believes Oregon City’s fee is excessive and represents an unreasonable burden for customers in the district.  The county also believes Oregon City’s fee is legally questionable and is pursuing legal action to eliminate or reduce the impact of the fee on district customers.  City leaders in Gladstone and West Linn have joined the county in opposition to Oregon City's fee and in support of the lawsuit.

Oregon City had the option of charging a fee based on linear-feet within the city’s right of ways, resulting in about $15,000. Instead the city is charging the district approximately $191,000 using a formula that is based on the district’s gross revenues. The formula essentially guarantees that these fees will increase in future years.

The only way for the district to pay the Oregon City fee is to pass it on to district customers.  

Historically, customers in Gladstone, West Linn, and Oregon City have paid the same rate per connection for district services. However, during the 2014-15 budget process, the TCSD budget committee recommended assessing a differential rate only to Oregon City ratepayers to pay for franchise fee.

These types of fees are rare, as they increase the cost of basic services, such as water and sewer.  These essential services support critical infrastructure in our region, protecting public health and the environment while promoting economic development.  Some states have banned the imposition of similar fees for this reason.

WES News Release 5/27/14

From: Ryan Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561               

5/27/14

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Clackamas County Water Environment Services names J. Michael Read as interim director

Clackamas County has named J. Michael Read as interim Director of Water Environment Services while the county conducts a thorough recruitment process for a permanent director.

Read has worked in the sanitary sewer and surface water management industry for over 30 years, including as Director of Water Environment Services from 1997 to 2002.  Read has served as General Manager of the Oak Lodge Sanitary District since 2008, a position he will maintain while heading Water Environment Services.

“I am proud to represent Clackamas County Water Environment Services, an organization committed to protecting and enhancing water quality in our region, and I look forward to contributing my experience to ensure customers receive the best possible value for these essential services.”

Water Environment Services manages three service districts, operating five wastewater treatment plants that produce 6 billion gallons of clean water each year and provides surface water management services which reduce pollution in our rivers, streams and wetlands. 

For more information please visit http://www.clackamas.us/wes/ or contact Ryan Johnson, Water Environment Services Community Relations Specialist at 503-742-4561 or rjohnson@clackamas.us.

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WES News Release 2/27/14

From: Ryan Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561              

2/27/14

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CCSD #1 and City of Milwaukie reach agreement on county easement

Clackamas County Service District No.1 (CCSD #1) and the City of Milwaukie have reached an agreement allowing the city to utilize a portion of property owned by CCSD #1.  The city will compensate the district $63,200 paid over three years.

“This agreement provides a balance between the city’s plans to improve access, amenities, and recreational opportunities along their riverfront and the district’s responsibility to provide safe, reliable, and cost-effective services to ratepayers and the community,” said Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas.  

“The public agencies - the City, the County, the Parks District, WES and its RiverHealth Advisory Board, the Army Corps of Engineers - are all working together to provide the best public facilities we possibly can,” Mayor Jeremy Ferguson said. “The construction of Phase II of Milwaukie Riverfront Park, which can now move forward as result of this agreement, and the related improvements at the Kellogg Wastewater Treatment Plant, are products of this collaboration.”

CCSD #1 owns and operates the Kellogg Creek Water Pollution Control Plant located along the city’s waterfront.  The easement will allow the city to move forward with plans identified in the Milwaukie Riverfront Park Plan.  Phase II of the plan, scheduled to begin this summer, includes construction of a new boat launch and boarding float, a riverside pathway and plantings, a small restroom, parking areas north and south of Kellogg Creek and vehicle access improvements along McLoughlin Blvd.

For more information contact: 

Ryan Johnson, Water Environment Services Community Relations Specialist at 503-742-4561 or rjohnson@clackamas.us.

Grady Wheeler, City of Milwaukie Public Affairs Coordinator at 503-786-7503 or wheelerg@ci.milwaukie.or.us

WES News Release 2/18/14

From: Ryan Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503- 742-4561

2-18-14

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Clackamas County seeking citizens to serve on surface water budget committee - DEADLINE EXTENDED

Clackamas County Water Environment Services, on behalf of the Surface Water Management Agency of Clackamas County (SWMACC), is seeking citizens to fill vacancies on its Budget Committee beginning in spring 2014. Three three-year terms are available.

SWMACC provides surface water management services in the unincorporated areas of Clackamas County within the Tualatin River Watershed and the City of Rivergrove. Interested citizens who reside within the District's boundaries may apply.

The budget committee reviews the proposed fiscal year budget and any supplemental budgets and recommends revisions to the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) if necessary. BCC appointed committee members typically meet two times per year between May and June.

Citizens within SWMACC who are interested in serving on the budget committee may apply online on the county's website, http://www.clackamas.us/miscapp/application.jsp, by requesting an application form from the PGA office at 503-742-4353 or at PGA, Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, 4th floor, Oregon City.

The application deadline has been extended to Thursday, March 6, 2014.

For more information, contact Trista Crase at 503-742-4566 or email

tcrase@co.clackamas.or.us.

WES News Release 2/5/14

From: Ryan Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561                

Date: 2/5/14

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CCSD#1 RiverHealth Advisory Board meets February 19, 2014

The RiverHealth Advisory Board will meet Wednesday, February 19, 2014, starting at 6:30 PM in the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, 4th floor, room 432. Recordings of previous meetings, agenda and packet materials are available online: http://www.clackamas.us/wes/.

For more information contact Ryan Johnson, Water Environment Services Community Relations Specialist at 503-742-4561 or rjohnson@co.clackamas.or.us.

WES News Release 1/16/14

From:  Ryan Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, (503) 742-4561

01-16-2014

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Tri-City Service District Advisory Committee to meet January 22

The Tri-City Service District Advisory Committee will meet to discuss the 2014-15 Budget Assumptions, SDC Recommendation, and 10-Year Rate Projections, on Wednesday, January 22, from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Water Environment Services (WES) located on the 4th floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, 97045. 

The Tri-City Service District provides wholesale wastewater treatment services to the cities of Gladstone, Oregon City and West Linn. 

For more information, contact Ryan Johnson at 503-742-4561 or rjohnson@co.clackamas.or.us or visit the District Website at www.Tri-CityServiceDistrict.org.

WES News Release 1/13/14

From: Ryan Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503- 742-4561

1-13-14

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Clackamas County seeking citizens to serve on surface water budget committee

Clackamas County Water Environment Services, on behalf of the Surface Water Management Agency of Clackamas County (SWMACC), is seeking citizens to fill vacancies on its Budget Committee beginning in spring 2014. Three three-year terms are available.

SWMACC provides surface water management services in the unincorporated areas of Clackamas County within the Tualatin River Watershed and the City of Rivergrove. Interested citizens who reside within the District's boundaries may apply.

The budget committee reviews the proposed fiscal year budget and any supplemental budgets and recommends revisions to the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) if necessary. BCC appointed committee members typically meet two times per year between May and June.

Citizens within SWMACC who are interested in serving on the budget committee may apply online on the county's website, http://www.clackamas.us/miscapp/application.jsp, by requesting an application form from the PGA office at 503-742-4353 or at PGA, Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, 4th floor, Oregon City.

The application deadline is Thursday, Jan. 30.

 

For more information, contact Trista Crase at 503-742-4566 or email
tcrase@co.clackamas.or.us.

WES News Release 1/13/14

From: Ryan Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561 

1-13-14 

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Clackamas County Service District No. 1 seeking citizens to serve on budget committee

Clackamas County Water Environment Services, on behalf of Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD #1), is seeking citizens to fill vacancies on its Budget Committee beginning spring 2014. Two three-year terms are available. 

CCSD #1 provides sanitary sewer and surface water management services to areas of unincorporated north Clackamas County, Happy Valley, Boring and communities of the Hoodland Corridor. Interested citizens who reside within the District’s boundaries may apply.

The Budget Committee reviews the proposed fiscal year budget and any supplemental budgets and recommends revisions to the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) if necessary. The BCC-appointed committee members typically meet two times per year between May and June.

Citizens within CCSD #1 who are interested in serving on the budget committee may apply online on the county's website, http://www.clackamas.us/miscapp/application.jsp, by requesting an application form from Public and Government Affairs (PGA), 503-742-4353, or at the PGA office, Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, 4th floor, Oregon City.

The application deadline is Thursday, Jan. 30

For more information, contact Trista Crase at 503-742-4566 or email tcrase@co. clackamas.or.us.

WES News Release 12/18/13

From: Ryan Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561
Date: 12/18/13

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Clackamas County Water Environment Services awards grants supporting watershed health

Clackamas County Water Environment Services, on behalf of Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD#1), has awarded over $150,000 to six regional organizations to support watershed restoration and stewardship activities in areas served by CCSD#1. Benefiting watersheds include Rock Creek, Kellogg Creek, Mt Scott Creek, Phillips Creek, Johnson Creek, and the Clackamas River.

The RiverHealth Stewardship Program grants will support a variety of watershed activities in CCSD#1, with the purpose of enhancing water quality, restoring fish habitat, managing invasive species, organizing volunteer events, and removing trash from waterways. The grants will also support the continued stewardship of previously restored project sites, protecting District investments made in recent years. This year’s grant recipients include the following organizations:


Find out more at www.riverhealth.org.

For more information contact Ryan Johnson, Water Environment Services Community Relations Specialist at 503-742-4561 or rjohnson@clackamas.us.

WES News Release 11/25/13

From: Ryan Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561

Date: 11/25/13

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Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee meets December 19, 2013

The Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, December 19, 2013 starting at 6:30 PM in the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, 4th floor, room 432/433. Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials are available at: http://clackamas.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=6

 

For more information contact Ryan Johnson, Water Environment Services Community Relations Specialist at 503-742-4561 or rjohnson@co.clackamas.or.us.

WES News Release 11/20/13

From: Ryan Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561 Date: 11/20/13

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CCSD#1 RiverHealth Advisory Board meets December 11, 2013

The RiverHealth Advisory Board will meet Wednesday, December 11, 2013, starting at 6:30 PM in the Clackamas County Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, 4th floor, room 433. Recordings of previous meetings, agenda and packet materials are available online: http://www.clackamas.us/wes/.

For more information contact Ryan Johnson, Water Environment Services Community Relations Specialist at 503-742-4561 or rjohnson@clackamas.us.
 

WES News Release 10/07/13

From: Ryan Johnson, Clackamas Co. Water Environment Services (WES), 503 742-4561

rjohnson@clackamas.us

10-7-2013

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Electrical malfunction causes sewage spill at Timberline Rim pump station 

A pump station located in Brightwood, operated by Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES) on behalf of Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD #1), spilled approximately 168,000 gallons of sewage near the Sandy River on Monday.  The cause was an electrical problem that led to the failure of the plant’s pumps.  Power was restored and repairs were made within two hours by WES staff.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Emergency Response were notified of the incident. As a precaution, signs have been placed near the site.  The public should avoid contact with river water near the site until the signs are removed.

Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD #1), managed by Water Environment Services, provides wastewater collection and treatment services to businesses and residents in the Hoodland/ Welches area and onsite septic system permitting for all of Clackamas County. 

For more information please contact Ryan Johnson at 503-742-4561.

WES News Release 05/06/13

From: Amy Kyle, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561
Date: 5-6-13

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CCSD #1 seeks public comment on proposed updates to sanitary and storm development standards

Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD #1) is proposing to update its sanitary sewer and stormwater development standards.  The proposed standards can be found at www.RiverHealth.org

The revised standards streamline efficiencies by including all development code into the relevant standards.

The standards are required as part of the district's regulatory responsibility as described in the CCSD #1 rules and regulations. The district is required to meet the regulatory requirements to comply with Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) permits. The standards have not been updated since 2005.

To review the proposed standards or to submit comments, visit www.RiverHealth.org.  Comments will be accepted until Friday, May 31..

For more information, contact Don Kemp at 503-742-4577 or email donk@co.clackamas.or.us

 

WES News Release 02/04/13

From: Amy Kyle, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, (503) 742-4561
Date 2-4-13

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Clackamas County Service District No. 1 seeking citizens to serve on budget committee

Clackamas County Water Environment Services, on behalf of Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD #1), is seeking citizens to fill four vacancies on its Budget Committee beginning in the spring. Four three-year terms are available.

CCSD #1 provides sanitary sewer and surface water management services to areas of unincorporated north Clackamas County, Happy Valley, Boring and communities of the Hoodland Corridor. Interested citizens who reside within the district’s boundaries may apply.

The Budget Committee reviews the proposed fiscal year budget and any supplemental budgets and recommends revisions to the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) if necessary. The BCC appointed committee members typically meet two times per year between May and June.

Citizens within CCSD #1 who are interested in serving on the Budget Committee may apply online on the county's website, http://www.clackamas.us/miscapp/application.jsp, by requesting an application form from Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4353 or at the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, 4th Floor, Oregon City.
Application deadline is Monday, April 22.
For more information contact Trista Crase at 503-742-4566 or email
tcrase@co. clackamas.or.us.

 

WES News Release 02/04/13

From: Amy Kyle, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, (503) 742-4561
Date 2-4-13

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Clackamas County seeking citizens to serve on surface water budget committee

Clackamas County Water Environment Services, on behalf of the Surface Water Management Agency of Clackamas County (SWMACC), is seeking citizens to fill two vacancies on its Budget Committee beginning in spring 2013. Three three-year terms are available.

SWMACC provides surface water management services in the unincorporated areas of Clackamas County within the Tualatin River Watershed and the City of Rivergrove. Interested citizens who reside within the District's boundaries may apply.

The Budget Committee reviews the proposed fiscal year budget and any supplemental budgets and recommends revisions to the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) if necessary. BCC appointed committee members typically meet two times per year between May and June.

Citizens within SWMACC who are interested in serving on the Budget Committee may apply online on the county's website, http://www.clackamas.us/miscapp/application.jsp by requesting an application form from Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4353 or at the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, 4th Floor, Oregon City.
The application deadline is Thursday, March 25.
For more information, contact Trista Crase at 503-742-4566 or email
tcrase@co.clackamas.or.us.

WES News Release 02/04/13

From: Amy Kyle, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, (503) 742-4561
Date 2-4-13

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Tri-City Service District seeking a citizen to serve on budget committee

Clackamas County Water Environment Services, on behalf of the Tri-City Service District (TCSD), is seeking a citizen to fill one at-large vacancy on its Budget Committee beginning spring 2013. One three-year term is available.

The Tri-City Service District provides wholesale wastewater treatment services to portions of the City of Gladstone and the cities of Oregon City and West Linn. Interested citizens who reside within the District’s boundaries may apply.

The Budget Committee reviews the proposed fiscal year budget and any supplemental budgets and recommends revisions to the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) if necessary. The BCC-appointed committee members typically meet two times per year between May and June.

Citizens within TCSD who are interested in serving on the Budget Committee may apply online on the county's website at http://www.clackamas.us/miscapp/application.jsp, by requesting an application form from Public and Government Affairs, 503-742-4353 or at the Public Services Building, 2051 Kaen Road, 4th Floor, Oregon City.
The application deadline is Thursday, March 25.
For more information contact Trista Crase at 503-742-4566 or email
tcrase@co. clackamas.or.us.

 

WES News Release 01/10/13

From: Amy Kyle, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561             
Date: 01-10-2013

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CCSD#1 RiverHealth Advisory Board meets Wednesday, Jan. 16

The RiverHealth Advisory Board will meet Wednesday, Jan. 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, fourth floor, room 433.

Recordings of previous meetings, agenda and packet materials are available at the RiverHealth Website: http://www.clackamas.us/wes/.

For more information, contact Amy Kyle, Water Environment Services community relations specialist, at 503-742-4561 or akyle@co.clackamas.or.us.

 

WES News Release 12/06/12

From: Amy Kyle, Community Relations Specialist, 503-742-4561
12-06-12
                                 
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Wastewater agreement signed between Milwaukie and Clackamas County Service District #1

The Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners, acting as the governing board for Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD #1), on Thursday signed a 25-year wastewater treatment agreement with the City of Milwaukie, ending more than a decade of negotiations.

The new agreement settles long-standing issues between the city and the district. Among its provisions:

It also  establishes new channels of public outreach and transparency that will enable the City of Milwaukie and CCSD #1  to continue the ongoing constructive engagement on wastewater treatment issues.

“This agreement would not have been possible without thoughtful cooperation and compromise between the City of Milwaukie and representatives of CCSD #1 who worked diligently to arrive at a fair, long-term agreement that will be sustainable for both entities," said Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas who represented the county in negotiations.

"It addresses growing infrastructure requirements while balancing important environmental regulatory compliance with the desire to keep rates reasonable for all customers," he said.

“Completion of the agreement provides the City with a long term contract for treatment services.  The agreement is fair to both parties and gives us a mechanism to work together to make the treatment plant a better neighbor of the adjacent residences and the downtown,” said Milwaukie Mayor Jeremy Ferguson.

Clackamas County Commissioners unanimously adopted the agreement at its business meeting Thursday. Milwaukie City Council unanimously approved and signed the agreement at its Dec. 4 meeting.

For more information please contact Amy Kyle at (503) 742-4561 akyle@co.clackamas.or.us or Tim Heider, Public Affairs Manager at (503) 742-5911
theider@co.clackamas.or.us

 

WES News Release 11/27/12

From: Amy Kyle, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561
Date: 11-27-12

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EcoBiz certification program certifies two businesses in Clackamas County Service District No. 1

Clackamas County’s Water Environment Services (WES) is pleased to announce that Collier Arbor Care and Landscape East & West, local landscape services businesses based in Clackamas County Service District No. 1, have been certified as Eco-Logical Businesses (EcoBiz) by the Pollution Prevention Outreach Team (P20).

The Landscape Services EcoBiz Program recognizes landscape design, installation and maintenance service providers who reach the highest standards for protecting public health and the environment. The EcoBiz Program, which is voluntary, rewards good landscaping practices because they improve soil health and protect air and water quality.

Certification recognizes those who go above and beyond mere compliance with requirements. Certification is available to businesses, parks and recreation districts, school districts and agencies that provide landscape design, installation, and/or maintenance services. It is the first program of its kind in the nation.

Benefits of certification include; free technical assistance, cost savings and promotions through the EcoBiz website, marketing materials and local print media opportunities. In addition, certified participants can display the EcoBiz Program seal and post information about their business on the website at www.ecobiz.org, which provides consumers with a resource list of certified businesses.

The P2O Team is composed of Clackamas and Washington Counties, Clean Water Services, the Cities of Portland and Gresham, Metro and Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.

For more information about Collier Arbor Care or the services they provide, contact Terrill Collier, 503-722-7267 or visit their website at www.collierarbor.com

For more information about Landscape East & West or the services they provide, contact Dylan Pollock, 503-256-5302, or visit their website at www.LandscapeEast.com

To learn more about certified Eco-Logical businesses, visit www.ecobiz.org or call 503-823-7807.


WES News Release 10/18/12

From: Amy Kyle, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561
Date: 10-18-12

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Celebrate your local watershed at the first “We All Live Upstream” event

Clackamas County Water Environment Services and partners Oak Lodge Sanitary District, Clackamas River Basin Council, Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, North Clackamas Urban Watershed Council, SOLVE and Rex Putnam High School invite you to attend “We All Live Upstream” on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This is a free, family-friendly event created to learn about the watershed you live in and why keeping it healthy is important. See what your neighbors are doing to protect the environment and how you can get involved. Special guests Robin Cody (author of Ricochet River) and Mike Houck (We’re all in this together, exploring the Intertwine) will be providing the opening presentation.

While you are there you can enjoy food provided by local restaurants, live music, children’s activities and a chance to win fabulous prizes.

The event will be held at Rex Putnam High School in the auditorium. For more information, visit www.RiverHealth.org or www.OakLodgesanitary.com

WES News Release 08/09/12

Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas to Make a Splash at the 10th Anniversary, Sept. 9

BORING, OR, August, 2012 – The Clackamas River provides the Portland metropolitan area with fresh drinking water and is home to old-growth forests, bird species, steelhead, and one of the last remaining wild salmon runs in the lower Columbia basin! Did you know the Clackamas River is also “home” to inflatable dolphins, chains of flip-flops, lawn chairs and even microwaves? Come float and fill the boat with hundreds of volunteers on Sunday, September 9 at 9:00 a.m. as part of the 10th Annual Down the River Clean Up. The event begins at Barton County Park, where a flotilla of volunteers will raft, kayak, tube, canoe and SCUBA down a fifteen-mile stretch of the Clackamas, removing any trash it may encounter along the way to preserve and protect the beautiful and bountiful river. Pre-registration is required at www.WeLoveCleanRivers.org.

See more info here


WES News Release 07/26/12

From: Tracy Moreland, Clackamas County Community Relations Specialist, 503- 655-8520.
7-26-12

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Clackamas County wins national awards, recognized by NACo for innovative programs

Clackamas County was recently honored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) for implementing innovative county government programs to better serve area residents. The Board of County Commissioners recognized county staff and partners who worked on the four award-winning projects today at the weekly Business Meeting.

Clackamas County also received an honor from the Center for Digital Government – a NACo partner - which listed the county sixth in the nation for its size for best electronic practices.The programs that received a 2012 Achievement Award are listed below.

GREEN Corps – Fresh Start: Clackamas County Juvenile Department GREEN Corps Fresh Start is a partnership with OSU Extension that teaches youth involved in the juvenile justice system gardening, business and time management skills as well as helping them earn money they can use to pay restitution. Participants improved community access to fresh fruits and vegetables by growing and distributing produce to participants and their families, local food banks, volunteers and other community members.

Watershed Health Program: The Watershed Health Program is a partnership between Water Environment Services and North Clackamas School District as well as others to create a student curriculum in the science classes for select NCSD high schools. Students learn about local watersheds in and out of the classroom through curriculum specifically developed for the Kellogg/Mt. Scott and Rock Creek watersheds. Through interactive outreach, students engage and inform the community on what they learn in the classroom and in the field.

Diversity Advisory Council: Clackamas County’s Diversity Advisory Council was organized in 2009 and is an employee-led committee whose goals are to raise awareness and promote diversity within the workplace and in the county. The Council has sponsored lunchtime discussions and workshops, guest speakers and cultural events including the first-ever diversity and cultural fair in 2011.
   
SE 172nd Ave.-SE 190th Drive Corridor Management Plan: The SE 172nd Ave.-SE 190th Dr. Corridor Management Plan was the result of an opportunity the Department of Transportation and Development had to plan the alignment of a future major transportation corridor in a rural area projected to see urban growth in the future. The plan involved input from partners and citizens. The county utilized traditional public outreach such as mailings and meetings, as well as online videos and virtual meetings. 

This project also received the Best in Category award for the planning category.

Since the program’s inception in 1970, the NACo Achievement Award program has honored thousands of county government initiatives that have improved service delivery, achieved greater cost efficiency, provided finer customer service, and helped to develop a better-trained work force.

For more information please contact Tim Heider at 503-742-5911 or go to www.naco.org


WES News Release 07/19/12

From: Amy Kyle, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, (503) 742-4561
7-19-12

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County purchases former Blue Heron property in West Linn

Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD #1) and the Tri-City Service District have officially closed on the $1.75 million purchase of approximately 39-acres in West Linn.  The property was formerly owned by the Blue Heron Paper Company.
CCSD #1 and the Tri-City Service District provides wastewater services to most of urbanized north Clackamas County.
The purchase includes the land and key environmental assets including; an outfall into the Willamette River, pipes, easements and existing environmental permits.  The districts will use the site’s outfall to meet the challenges of increasingly stringent rules regulating mixing zone and heat discharges into the Willamette River. 
Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is working with the districts to transfer Blue Heron’s environmental permits to their ownership. A small portion of the site will be reserved for future use by the two districts, while the remaining acreage will be available for other public uses as determined by the City of West Linn. 
More information is online at  www.ImagineWillamette.org

For more information please contact Amy Kyle at 503-742-4561 or akyle@co.clackamas.or.us.


WES News Release 06/04/12

From: Amy Kyle, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4567 
Date: 6/4/12 

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 Regional Wastewater Treatment Advisory Committee meets June 7, 2012

The Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, June 7, 2012 starting at 6:30 PM in the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, 4th floor, room 433. Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials are available at: http://clackamas.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=6

For more information contact Amy Kyle, Water Environment Services Community Relations Specialist at 503-742-4561 or akyle@co.clackamas.or.us.

WES News Release 04/04/12

From:  Amy Kyle, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561
04-4--12

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Clackamas County Water Environment Services wins bid on West Linn’s Blue Heron property

Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES), on behalf of Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and the Tri-City Service District has been approved by the Federal Bankruptcy Court to purchase the property formerly owned by the Blue Heron Paper Company in West Linn.  The Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners, acting in their role as the governing board of the districts approved the $1.75 million purchase price earlier this year. 

The purchase of this property includes approximately 39 acres of land and key environmental assets including; a valuable outfall into the Willamette River, easements and existing environmental infrastructure. The districts will use the sites outfall to meet the challenges of increasingly stringent rules regulating heat discharges into the Willamette River. 

“This is a success for both CCSD #1 and Tri-City.  It will allow the two districts to meet environmental regulations, provide capacity for economic growth, while maintaining the region’s lowest wastewater rates for residential and business customers,” said Director Mike Kuenzi.

Formal closing of the purchase is scheduled for June 16.  WES is in continued discussions with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the City of West Linn regarding the future of the site.  The Districts and the City have committed to an extensive community engagement process to discuss potential future uses for this site.

For more information, visit www.ImagineWillamette.org or contact Amy Kyle at WES at 503-742-4561 or akyle@co.clackamas.or.us

 

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