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Site Advisory Group Meetings

On this pageMeeting Calendar | Oct. 3 | Oct. 10 | Nov. 8 | Jan. 9  | Feb. 13 | March 12 | April 9 | May 14


photo of Site Advisory Group meeting

Portland is building a new filtration facility to remove the microorganism Cryptosporidium and other potential contaminants, and to help inform this seven-year project, the Bull Run Filtration Site Advisory Group meets monthly to discuss details and opportunities for the Bull Run Filtration Project. 

The group will help project staff develop a Good Neighbor Agreement by providing an independent community perspective on the facility design, construction, and ongoing operation. Group members include property owners near the future filtration facility site in rural Multnomah County, farm operators, local school representatives, area water utilities, the environmental community, and others.

In accordance with state, county, and city guidance on gatherings, in-person Site Advisory Group meetings  have been indefinitely postponed due to COVID concerns. Site Advisors will continue to be engaged electronically through email, surveys, and teleconferencing. Monthly updates with information presented and feedback from the group will be posted on the Site Advisory Group webpage. Additional public feedback can be submitted through our project comment form or contact us at bullrunprojects@portlandoregon.gov or 503-865-6039. 

We will keep the conversation going through alternate formats for the next several months or until we’re able to safely meet in person again. This process may change as we work through this challenging time. Sign up to be notified by email about project updates including meetings and events at: www.portlandoregon.gov/water/BRTPnews

 

Meetings

   
Oct. 3, 2019 Site Advisory Group Orientation Part 1
Oct. 10, 2019 Site Advisory Group Orientation Part 2
Nov. 8, 2019 Water Treatment Plant Tour
December 2019 Break
Jan. 9, 2020 Design Phase Part 1
February 2020 Water Treatment Plant Tour
March 12, 2020 Canceled
April 9, 2020 Design Phase Part 3 - lighting and sound considerations 
May 14, 2020 Design Phase Part 4 - access and edges 
June 11, 2020 Design Phase Part 5 
July 9,  2020 Design Phase Part 6 
Aug. 13, 2020 Design Phase Part 7 
September 2020 Online open house
Oct. 8, 2020 Operations Phase 
Nov. 12, 2020 Construction Phase 
December 2020  Break
January 2021 Draft Good Neighbor Agreement
February 2021 Community Open House
Final Good Neighbor Agreement

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July 9, 2020 Site Advisory Group Meeting - planning progress for new pipelines 

 

At the July 9, 2020 meeting, Advisors discussed planning progress for new pipelines associated with the future filtration facility. Related materials and options to share your feedback are available on the July 9 meeting page.

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June 11, 2020 Site Advisory Group Meeting - visual preferences and initial design concepts for the filtration facility structures, entry, and fencing

 

Video of the June 11 meeting

At the June 11, 2020 meeting, Advisors discussed visual preferences and initial design concepts for the filtration facility structures, entry, and fencing. Related materials and options to share your feedback are below.

MAY 14 MEETING RESOURCES

1.  PowerPoint Presentation 

2. Site Advisory Group Visual Preferences Survey Results

3. Meeting Summary

4. Feedback

Do you have questions or comments about this meeting or the Bull Run Treatment Projects? Let us know what you think! 

+ Complete the Visual Preferences Survey by July 5. Results will be shared and considered as part of the design process for the filtration facility. 
+ Submit your feedback through our project comment form
+ Email us at bullrunprojects@portlandoregon.gov
+ Call us at 503-865-6039

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May 14, 2020 Site Advisory Group Meeting - Access and Edges

 

Video of the May 14 meeting

At the May 14, 2020 meeting, Advisors discussed input on preliminary facility site access alternatives and initial site edges and buffers design concepts. Related materials and options to share your feedback are below. 

MAY 14 MEETING RESOURCES

1. PowerPoint Presentation

2. Site Advisory Group Access Survey Results

3. Site Advisory Group Edges Survey Results

4. Meeting Summary

5. Feedback

Do you have questions or comments about this meeting or the Bull Run Treatment Projects? Let us know what you think! 

+ Complete the Access Survey, and Edges Survey by June 10, 2020. Results will be shared and considered as part of the design process for the filtration facility. 
+ Submit your feedback through our project comment form
+ Email us at bullrunprojects@portlandoregon.gov
+ Call us at 503-865-6039

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April 9, 2020 Site Advisory Group Meeting - Lights and Sound

 

Video of the April 9 meeting

After the March meeting was canceled due to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), Site Advisors were asked to complete a survey about the best methods for the group to continue to be engaged. Based on the results from this survey, the group will be emailed information, take a survey or email us individual feedback, and engage in a webinar/teleconference for group conversation.

For the April 9, 2020 meeting, Site Advisors reviewed facility light and sound design considerations. The video above is of the webinar/teleconference when the topic was discussed. Related materials and options to share your feedback are below. 

APRIL 9 MEETING RESOURCES

1. PowerPoint Presentation

2. Site Advisory Group Light and Sound Design Considerations Survey Results

3. Meeting Summary

4. Community Survey Results

5. Feedback

Do you have questions or comments about this meeting or the Bull Run Treatment Projects? Let us know what you think! 

+ Submit your feedback through our project comment form
+ Email us at bullrunprojects@portlandoregon.gov
+ Call us at 503-865-6039

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March 12th, 2020 - Design Phase Part 2 - CANCELED

The March Site Advisory Group Meeting, scheduled for March 12 was CANCELED due to the increasing concern regarding Covid-19 (Coronavirus). We are looking at options to present the meeting content, facilitate conversation, and gather input from the Site Advisory Group. Sign Up to be notified of project updates.

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Feb. 13th, 2020 - Joint Water Commission Treatment Facility Presentation and Tour 

 

Video of the Feb. 13th presentation with tour highlights

 

Feb 13th. MEETING RESOURCES

1. Agenda

2. Feedback

Do you have questions or comments about this meeting or the Bull Run Treatment Projects? Submit your feedback through our project comment form or contact us at bullrunprojects@portlandoregon.gov or 503-865-6039.

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Jan. 9, 2020 Site Advisory Group Meeting - Design Phase Part 1

 

Video of the Jan. 9 meeting

JAN. 9 MEETING RESOURCES

1. Agenda

2. PowerPoint Presentation

3. Meeting Summary

4. February tour of the Joint Water Commission Treatment Facility

Joint Water Commission Water Treatment Plant Tour
Date: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020
Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon (lunch provided)
Location: Joint Water Commission Water Treatment Plant
4475 SW Fern Hill Rd, Forest Grove, OR 97116

Space is limited and reservations are required. Round-trip transportation departing from Troutdale is available. Additional tour details will be provided to confirmed tour participants. Click here and sign up by Feb. 6 

5. Feedback

Do you have questions or comments about this meeting or the Bull Run Treatment Projects? Submit your feedback through our project comment form or contact us at bullrunprojects@portlandoregon.gov or 503-865-6039.

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Nov. 8, 2019 City of Wilsonville’s Willamette River Water Treatment Plant Tour

 

Video of the Nov. 8, 2019 presentation with tour highlights

NOV. 8 MEETING RESOURCES

1. Agenda

2. Handout

3. Feedback

Do you have questions or comments about this meeting or the Bull Run Treatment Projects? Submit your feedback through our project comment form or contact us at bullrunprojects@portlandoregon.gov or 503-865-6039.

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Oct. 10, 2019 Site Advisory Group meeting

 

Video of the Oct. 10, 2019 Site Advisory Group Meeting

OCT. 10 MEETING RESOURCES

1. Agenda

2. PowerPoint Presentation 

3. Topic Input Handout

4. November Willamette River Water Treatment Plant 

The Portland Water Bureau is hosting two opportunities to tour the City of Wilsonville’s Willamette River Water Treatment Plant with Site Advisory Group members. Attendees will see the equipment and processes at work at a drinking water filtration facility. Join us on a tour:

Date: November 8, 2019 Time Options: 10 a.m. – noon (lunch provided) 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. (snack provided) Location: Wilsonville Willamette River Water Treatment Plant 10350 SW Arrowhead Creek Lane, Wilsonville, OR 97070

Space is limited and RSVPs are required. Additional tour details will be provided to confirmed tour participants. Visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/PWBWilsonville by Nov. 4 to sign up

5. Join the Site Advisory Group

The current Bull Run Filtration Site Advisory Group members include adjacent property owners of the future filtration facility site as well as local representatives from Surface Nursery, Sandy River Watershed Council, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, East Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Sandy, and a recent graduate of the Oregon Trail Academy. Now is your opportunity to request a seat at the table. 
Membership requires a commitment to participate in monthly work sessions. Regular meetings are currently scheduled through October 2020 to take place 6-8 p.m., the second Thursday of each month (excluding November and December 2019 and June 2020). Anyone interested in joining should submit their contact information and brief a description of interest at  www.surveymonkey.com/r/AdvisoryMember. The current Site Advisory Group members will review and make a decision on additional members for at-large positions in December 2019.
Can't commit? You don't need to be a member to provide valuable input on Advisory group topics. Site Advisory Group meetings are open to the public and include opportunities for public input. Meetings are also recorded and videos will be available online with additional opportunities to give feedback or ask questions. 

6. Feedback

Do you have questions or comments about this meeting or the Bull Run Treatment Projects? Submit your feedback through our project comment form or contact us at bullrunprojects@portlandoregon.gov or 503-865-6039.

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Oct. 3, 2019 Site Advisory Group meeting

 Video of the Oct. 3, 2019, Site Advisory Group Meeting

OCT. 3 MEETING RESOURCES

1. Agenda

2. Site Selection Report

Six potential sites for the filtration plant were evaluated in 2017-18:

  • City-owned property adjacent to Carpenter Lane
  • Lusted Hill (with expansion)
  • Headworks
  • Larson’s Ranch
  • Powell Butte
  • Roslyn Lake

Carpenter Lane was selected for the new filtration plant site because it was the only property that met all facility siting criteria, including maximizing gravity flow, being close to existing and future pipelines, site size, site slopes, and geologic conditions, being already owned by the City of Portland, and ability to meet the compliance schedule. The Portland Water Bureau purchased the Carpenter Lane site in the 1970s to use for future water system facilities. The analysis can be found in the Bull Run Filtration Project Preferred Alternatives Report.

3. Advisory Groups and Good Neighbor Examples

At the Oct. 3 meeting, the Bull Run Filtration project Site Advisory Group requested examples of community advisory groups and Good Neighbor Agreements. A few examples are below, noting the process and outcomes will be much more robust with the larger project scope for the filtration facility.

 

4. Feedback

Do you have questions or comments about this meeting or the Bull Run Treatment Projects? Submit your feedback through our project comment form or contact us at bullrunprojects@portlandoregon.gov or 503-865-6039.

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