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environmental, energy and workforce public policy initiatives
that affect harbor businesses.
City of Portland River Plan
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Maintenance Dredging of the Lower Willamette
The US Corps of Engineers Corps is proposing to dredge a portion
of the Lower Willamette River federal navigation channel (LWR
FNC) at Post Office Bar in 2010. Although the LWR FNC extends
11.6 miles from the mouth of the Willamette River to the Broadway
Bridge, the proposed dredging includes only one area of severe
shoaling located on the east bank of the LWR at mile 2.1-2.4.
The shoaling has created an impediment to commercial river
traffic, creating a passage too shallow in the out-bound lane
for 2-way shipping traffic at that bend in the river.
The Corps has applied to the Oregon Department of Environmental
Quality (DEQ) for a Section 401 certification, stating that
the discharges associated with the project will comply with
the Federal Clean Water Act. The DEQ has requested public
comments about water quality impacts which may result from
this proposed project. Comments are due on September 3, 2010.
Environmental Assessment >>
Portland Audubon objects to project, submitted January 4,
The WWC sees no adverse effects to water quality from this
project. In fact, the project may improve turbidity with a
deeper channel because vessel propellers will be further from
the bottom after dredging, reducing the scouring effect as
vessels pass through the channel. This project will also improve
navigation safety and efficiency in the LWR. The WWC supports
this dredging project.