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Nov. 8, 2016

Commissioners formalize partnership of county’s largest wastewater service districts

The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a proposal to formalize the long-running partnership of the Tri-City Service District and Clackamas County Service District No. 1 in order to provide long-term certainty and stability for the more than 165,000 customers in both districts.

“This new agreement solidifies a partnership that has thrived for many years and saved millions of dollars for ratepayers by sharing equipment, resources, and staff, which helps keep rates low,” said County Chair John Ludlow, who also served as county liaison to the service districts.

The commissioners were convened as the governing body of both districts when approving the intergovernmental partnership agreement that creates a new municipal entity to be named “Water Environment Services” which is the current name of the county department that has managed and operated both districts for 35 years.

The board will serve as the governing body of the new Water Environment Services partnership. The two districts do not dissolve but rather shift into supportive roles.

The partnership is created under Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 190. Prior to its creation, TCSD was comprised of the cities of Gladstone, Oregon City and West Linn. CCSD#1 served Happy Valley, Johnson City, Milwaukie, and unincorporated Clackamas County, in addition to Boring, Fischer’s Forest Park, and Hoodland.

“This agreement propels our region forward in a long-term partnership that will protect public health, the environment and the economic vitality of our region for decades to come,” said Water Environment Services Director Greg Geist.

For the last two decades, the two districts have been financially and operationally intertwined and together clean more than six billion gallons of wastewater every year. The new partnership provides:

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Edward Nieto at 503-742-4561 or 971-284-7094 (cell).

Nov. 2, 2016

‘Discover Rock Creek’ on Nov. 5 offers rare opportunity to access natural area

The public is invited to Discover Rock Creek – an educational event and work party – presented by Clackamas County Water Environment Services and partners Clackamas River Basin Council, Dig In, and SOLVE. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 5 at 14974 SE Hwy 212 in Happy Valley.

Rock Creek is an important tributary of the Clackamas River and home to salmon, beaver, ospreys, and other fish and wildlife. Discover Rock Creek offers a rare opportunity to explore wildlife habitat and natural areas around Rock Creek near its confluence with the Clackamas River, a site that is usually closed to the public.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore the progress of invasive plant removal, in-stream construction, and native plant restoration work that has been conducted since late 2013. Education stations will feature hands-on activities and information about wildlife of the local watershed, what bugs can tell us about water quality, and healthy fish habitats. A native planting work party will take up the last hour of the day.

Discover Rock Creek was created to celebrate the Rock Creek Confluence Project, which included the removal of over 12 acres of invasive weeds, the placement of over 25 large wood structures and numerous boulders, and the planting of over 18,000 native trees and shrubs. This project stretches from the confluence of Rock Creek and the Clackamas River and covers 2,000 linear feet of the stream. Restoration efforts have increased stream complexity for enhanced protection for juvenile salmon before they migrate to the ocean.

The Rock Creek Confluence Project was funded by Clackamas County Water Environment Services, Metro’s 2006 Natural Areas bond measure, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, The Nature Conservancy’s PGE Habitat Fund, and the Clackamas River Basin Council’s Shade Our Streams program.

Registered participants should arrive at 8:45 a.m. at Nature’s Country Store located at 15252 Hwy 224 in Damascus. Shuttles will be provided to and from the site. Carpooling is encouraged. Read more information and register for the event.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Gari Johnson at 503-742-4631.

Oct. 31, 2016

Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee meets Nov. 9

The Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee will meet Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room 115 of the Clackamas County Development Services Building at 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City.

The committee evaluates and advises the Board of County Commissioners on critical wastewater infrastructure decisions affecting ratepayers and future development in Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and the Tri-City Service District.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials are available online at www.clackamas.us/wes/.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Water Environment Services Policy Analyst Matt Glazewski at 503-742-4566.

Aug. 22, 2016

Clackamas County Service District No. 1 refinances $83 million in revenue bonds to save $9.7 million

Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD#1) has refinanced four series of revenue bonds totaling $83 million with an interest rate of 2.17 percent that will save the district $9.7 million over the course of the loan and reduce its annual debt service payments by approximately $625,000.

Additionally, the district was able to free up approximately $7.6 million in reserves. These actions will help keep future rate adjustments down and provide additional funding for capital projects. The refinancing took place after financial information and analytics corporation S&P Global Inc. reaffirmed CCSD#1’s “AA” long-term rating, which indicates a “very strong” capacity to meet financial commitments. An “AA” rating differs from the highest rating of “AAA” by only a small degree.

S&P Global cited several factors leading to its designation including CCSD#1’s “very strong” financial risk profile and enterprise risk profile, sound operational management practices and policies, affordable rates, very low industry risk, “extremely” strong liquidity, and overall stable outlook.

Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES) manages and operates the district. “The outstanding work of WES Finance Manager Doug Waugh and his team will help us keep rates low for our customers,” said WES Director Greg Geist.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Edward Nieto at 503-742-4561 or 971-284-7094 (cell).

Aug. 10, 2016

Water Environment Services to help clean up High Rocks along Clackamas River

Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES) is proud to join other volunteers from the cities of Gladstone and Oregon City in a trash removal project along a stretch of the Clackamas River that is prone to littering, especially during the summer months.

The inaugural “High Rocks Summer Cleanup” will take place on Saturday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon in the High Rocks area of Gladstone. SOLVE, a statewide nonprofit that brings volunteers together to take care of parks, neighborhoods, and natural areas, will manage the cleanup project, provide supplies to pick up trash, and take care of the trash disposal.

“WES is grateful to Gladstone and Oregon City for their work with SOLVE to help create this collaborative stewardship opportunity to help restore a beautiful area of the county,” said WES Director Greg Geist.

WES is also currently exploring ways to work with Gladstone and Oregon City to develop solutions to reduce graffiti in the High Rocks area.

Volunteers for the High Rocks Summer Cleanup will meet at 77 82nd Drive in Gladstone. To register, and to learn more about the project and SOLVE, visit SOLVE’s website.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Edward Nieto at 503-742-4561 or 971-284-7094 (cell).

Aug. 9, 2016

Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee meets Aug. 25

The Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, Aug. 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room 115 of the Clackamas County Development Services Building at 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City.

The committee evaluates and advises the Board of County Commissioners on critical wastewater infrastructure decisions affecting ratepayers and future development in Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and the Tri-City Service District.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials are available online.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Water Environment Services Policy Analyst Matt Glazewski at 503-742-4566.

July 28, 2016

Tri-City Advisory Committee meets Aug. 17

The Tri-City Service District’s Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clackamas County Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Suite 432 in Oregon City.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials.

For more information contact Matt Glazewski, Water Environment Services Policy Analyst at 503-742-4566.

July 28, 2016

RiverHealth Advisory Board meets Aug. 17

Clackamas County Service District No.1's RiverHealth Advisory Board will meet Wednesday, Aug. 17, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Clackamas County Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Suite 432 in Oregon City.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials

For more information contact Matt Glazewski, Water Environment Services Policy Analyst at 503-742-4566.

July 28, 2016

Kellogg facility to get environmental upgrades

Barges to travel up Willamette River in September

Two large barges will travel up the Willamette River past Portland this summer to deliver equipment allowing for environmental improvements at the Kellogg Water Resource Recovery Facility in Milwaukie.

The barges are tentatively scheduled to anchor in mid-September near Elk Rock Island and deliver a large crane and construction materials. Scuba divers will then make improvements to the facility’s outfall – the apparatus that discharges highly-treated, cleaned wastewater called effluent deep below the river’s surface.

The Kellogg Outfall Project includes extending the outfall’s length by 220 feet, deepening discharge from 35 feet to 65 feet. Divers will also add a diffuser to improve dilution and further minimize the impact on water quality.

Divers are scheduled to inspect the existing outfall on Aug. 11. Once construction begins, the project is expected to last three to four weeks. Information regarding schedule and work hours to affected residents will be communicated prior to beginning work.

Improvements will help the facility comply with existing and anticipated Oregon and federal water quality regulations. The construction is being conducted at a time that accommodates fish passage, also per regulations.

The Kellogg facility is owned by Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD#1) and is managed and operated by Water Environment Services (WES). CCSD#1 serves Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Boring, Hoodland, Johnson City, Fischer’s Forest Park, the western edges of Damascus, and unincorporated northern Clackamas County.

The public can learn more about WES projects and services by contacting Gari Johnson at 503-742-4631.

For more information, members of the media may contact Community Relations Specialist Gari Johnson at 503-742-4631.

June 22, 2016

Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee meets June 30

The Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, June 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in room 115 of the Clackamas County Development Services Building at 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City.

The committee evaluates and advises the Board of County Commissioners on critical wastewater infrastructure decisions affecting ratepayers and future development in Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and the Tri-City Service District.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Water Environment Services Policy Analyst Matt Glazewski at 503-742-4566.

May 16, 2016

Notice of budget committee meeting

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Tri-City Service District, Clackamas County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, will be held at the Clackamas County Development Services Building Auditorium, Room 115, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, Oregon. The meeting will take place on the 6th day of June, 2016, at 1:45 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 16, 2016, at Clackamas County Water Environment Services, Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, Oregon, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. or at http://www.clackamas.us/wes/documents/proposedbudget2017.pdf.

This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. For more information, please contact Administrative Assistant Katie Wilson at 503-742-4592.

May 16, 2016

Notice of budget committee meeting

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of Clackamas County Service District No. 1, Clackamas County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, will be held at the Clackamas County Development Services Building Auditorium, Room 115, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, Oregon. The meeting will take place on the 6th day of June, 2016, at 2:15 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 16, 2016, at Clackamas County Water Environment Services, Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, Oregon, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. or at http://www.clackamas.us/wes/documents/proposedbudget2017.pdf.

This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. For more information, please contact Administrative Assistant Katie Wilson at 503-742-4592.

May 16, 2016

Notice of budget committee meeting

A public meeting of the Budget Committee of the Surface Water Management Agency of Clackamas County, Clackamas County, State of Oregon, to discuss the budget for the fiscal year July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017, will be held at the Clackamas County Development Services Building Auditorium, Room 115, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, Oregon. The meeting will take place on the 6th day of June, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to receive the budget message and to receive comment from the public on the budget. A copy of the budget document may be inspected or obtained on or after May 16, 2016, at Clackamas County Water Environment Services, Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, Oregon, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. or at http://www.clackamas.us/wes/documents/proposedbudget2017.pdf.

This is a public meeting where deliberation of the Budget Committee will take place. Any person may appear at the meeting and discuss the proposed programs with the Budget Committee. For more information, please contact Administrative Assistant Katie Wilson at 503-742-4592.

May 10, 2016

Tri-City Service District, Clackamas County Service District No. 1 receive financial reporting awards

For the 23rd consecutive year, both the Tri-City Service District (TCSD) and Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD#1) each received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

TCSD and CCSD#1 were honored for their comprehensive annual financial reports for the fiscal year that ended last June. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, representing a significant accomplishment by a government body and its management.

Both districts are managed by Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES), which operates five facilities in Clackamas County that process more than six billion gallons of sewage each year.

“In addition to our unwavering dedication to protecting public health and the environment, WES employees are committed to being steadfast stewards of ratepayer dollars,” said WES Director Greg Geist. “These latest honors reflect the consistency of WES staff in maintaining the highest quality of service while preserving the trust of our customers and stakeholders.”

Both reports were judged by an impartial panel and deemed to meet high standards, including demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story.”

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Edward Nieto at 503-742-4561.

May 6, 2016

Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee meets May 26

The Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, May 26, starting at 6:30 p.m. in room 115 of the Clackamas County Development Services Building at 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City.

The committee evaluates and advises the Board of County Commissioners on critical wastewater infrastructure decisions affecting ratepayers and future development in Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and the Tri-City Service District.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Water Environment Services Policy Analyst Matt Glazewski at 503-742-4566

May 6, 2016

Tri-City Advisory Committee meets May 25

The Tri-City Service District's Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clackamas County Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Suite 432 in Oregon City.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials

For more information contact Matt Glazewski, Water Environment Services Director's Policy Analyst at 503-742-4566.

May 6, 2016

RiverHealth Advisory Board meets May 23

Clackamas County Service District No.1's RiverHealth Advisory Board will meet Monday, May 23, 2016, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Clackamas County Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Suite 432 in Oregon City.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials

For more information contact Matt Glazewski, Water Environment Services Director's Policy Analyst at 503-742-4566.

4/19/2016

Tri-City Advisory Committee meets April 27

The Tri-City Service District’s Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clackamas County Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Suite 432 in Oregon City.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials

For more information contact Matt Glazewski, Water Environment Services Director’s Policy Analyst at 503-742-4566.

4/12/2016

Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee meets April 21

The Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, April 21, starting at 6:30 p.m. in room 115 of the Clackamas County Development Services Building at 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City.

The committee evaluates and advises the Board of County Commissioners on critical wastewater infrastructure decisions affecting ratepayers and future development in Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and the Tri-City Service District.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Water Environment Services Policy Analyst Matt Glazewski at 503-742-4566.

3/22/2016

Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee meets March 31

The Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee will meet Thursday, March 31, starting at 6 p.m. in room 115 of the Clackamas County Development Services Building at 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City.

The committee evaluates and advises the Board of County Commissioners on critical wastewater infrastructure decisions affecting ratepayers and future development in Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and the Tri-City Service District.

The meeting will include an update on the project to add solids handling capacity for the Tri-City Service District and Clackamas County Service District No. 1.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials

For more information contact Water Environment Services Policy Analyst Matt Glazewski at 503-742-4566.

3/21/2016

RiverHealth Advisory Board meets March 30

Clackamas County Service District No.1's RiverHealth Advisory Board will meet Wednesday, March 30, 2016, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Clackamas County Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Suite 432 in Oregon City.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials

For more information contact Matt Glazewski, Water Environment Services Director's Policy Analyst at 503-742-4566.

2/24/16

Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee meets Feb. 29

The Regional Wastewater Treatment Capacity Advisory Committee will meet Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 starting at 6 p.m. in the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Oregon City, in the Auditorium, Room 115.

The Committee currently evaluates and advises Clackamas County’s Board of County Commissioners on critical wastewater infrastructure decisions affecting ratepayers and future development in Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and the Tri-City Service District.

The Board scheduled this special Committee meeting to follow up on their Feb. 16 policy session to discuss the structure and governance of the proposed advisory committees and the region’s service districts.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials

For more information contact Matt Glazewski, Water Environment Services Director’s Policy Analyst at 503-742-4566.

2/4/2016

Tri-City Advisory Committee meets Feb. 17

The Tri-City Service District’s Advisory Committee will meet Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clackamas County Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road, Suite 432 in Oregon City.

Recordings of previous meetings, current agenda and packet materials

For more information contact Matt Glazewski, Water Environment Services Director’s Policy Analyst at 503-742-4566.

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