The Portland Water Bureau, in partnership with other City of Portland bureaus, was recognized for its environmentally sensitive management practices. This helped the City of Portland earn Salmon-Safe certification. The Portland Water Bureau is proud of our environmental stewardship and our role in improving salmon habitat. Portland is the first city worldwide to achieve this designation.
The City of Portland’s designation means that city operations have conditionally passed the organization’s comprehensive science-based evaluation of land and water management practices. Where improvement is needed, facility managers are committing to additional actions to limit water pollution, conserve water use and restore habitat over the next five years.
Salmon-Safe certification affects day-to-day city operations that potentially impact downstream water quality as well as the construction and maintenance of City-managed properties, including City-owned buildings and the City’s fleet of vehicles and bureau maintenance yards.
In practice it means systems are being implemented to further conserve water, reduce pesticide use, improve erosion control and increase installation of rain gardens and other “green infrastructure” to ensure storm water runoff is clean as it filters into wetlands, groundwater, nearby tributaries and the Willamette and Columbia rivers.
Salmon-Safe works across the West Coast to transform land management practices so Pacific salmon can thrive in West Coast watersheds. Click here to learn more.