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Protection and Stewardship

 Bull Run Working Group Semi-Annual Meeting

The public is invited to attend the Portland Water Bureau and Mt. Hood National Forest Bull Run working group meetings. Working group meetings are held twice per year. Check the Water Blog for announcements.

Next meeting:

Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: Due to the current COVID-19 situation, this meeting will be held electronically. To request the link to the meeting, contact Kate Leatherbarrow at or 503-823-5351 by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15, 2020.
Agenda: Access the agenda here

Accommodation, Interpretation, and Translation

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will provide translation, reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services/alternative formats to persons with disabilities. 

Given the unique circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 situation, the bureau thanks you for your patience and flexibility as we balance our commitment to public meeting requirements with the logistics and tools available. Should you have a request for special accommodation for the Bull Run Working Group meeting, please contact Kate Leatherbarrow at or 503-823-5351 at least one week prior to the meeting (by Tuesday, May 12, 2020) in order to coordinate your request. 

Careful and responsible management, stewardship, and protection of the Bull Run drinking water supply are vital to maintaining water quality and public health. Protection of the streams, rivers, and forest within the watershed began in 1893 with a presidential declaration. Today, federal legislation, state law, and city code guide and strengthen protections that preserve this resource for future generations.

The Bull Run Watershed Management Unit Agreement guides cooperative management and protection of the watershed. The agreement serves as a partnership guide for the long-term stewardship of the Bull Run watershed. It describes the distinct and joint stewardship roles of the City of Portland and the USDA Forest Service as well as how the agencies will coordinate on future activities. The agreement articles nine specific areas to frame the joint stewardship effort:

  • Security and access control
  • Fire prevention and suppression
  • Road maintenance
  • Protection and restoration of public and private lands' streams to improve aquatic habitat
  • Protection of threatened and endangered species under the provision of the Endangered Species Act
  • Control of invasive weeds
  • Collection of water quality, water quantity, and meteorological data
  • Education the public through conservation education

The agreement establishes semi-annual public working group meetings. At these meetings, City and Forest Service staff reviews work plans, budgets, and staff assignments. They also communicate about accomplishments and issues that arise during the course of management activities. The meetings are held in the spring and fall of each year.

An annual report is presented at the spring meeting. Access an archive of the current and past annual reports here.

Mt Hood National Forest Service Headquarters Office, 16400 Champion Way, Sandy, OR