Water Environment Services partnership fully implemented

From: Edward Nieto, Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561

Media and Interested Parties

Water Environment Services, an intergovernmental partnership formed by Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD#1), Surface Water Management Agency of Clackamas County (SWMACC), and Tri-City Service District (TCSD), was fully implemented on July 1 after the final integration of assets, budgets, operations and regulatory requirements of CCSD#1.

The partnership was formed on Nov. 3, 2016 after the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, as the governing body of the districts, voted unanimously to formalize the long-running partnership of TCSD and CCSD#1 to provide long-term stability for more than 165,000 customers in both districts. The board added SWMACC to the partnership in May 2017 through an amendment to the original agreement.

The boundaries of all three service districts function as “rate zones” within the partnership so that customers will only pay for services they utilize. The board will serve as governing body of the new partnership.

Prior to the partnership’s creation under Oregon Revised Statute Chapter 190, TCSD’s boundaries contained the cities of Gladstone, Oregon City, West Linn and a small unincorporated area. CCSD#1 served Happy Valley, Johnson City, Milwaukie, and unincorporated urban northern Clackamas County, in addition to Boring, Fischer’s Forest Park and Hoodland.

The two districts have been financially and operationally intertwined for two decades, cleaning a combined six billion gallons of wastewater every year before the partnership was formalized.

“In addition to ensuring long-term certainty, this partnership will save WES customers millions of dollars and keep rates low through the sharing of resources, assets and staff,” said County Chair Jim Bernard.

“This partnership ensures long-term protection of public health, the environment and economic growth while providing a streamlined and consolidated approach to regulatory compliance,” said WES Director Greg Geist. “The increase in overall efficiencies for WES will be substantial, which of course greatly benefits our customers.”

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