From: Gari Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4631
Media and Interested Parties
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.