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Storymap for Portland Harbor Restoration

This storymap created by NOAA and the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council depicts a visual journey of restoration efforts in Portland Harbor in Oregon.  It highlights four restoration projects that provide broad, long-term ecosystem benefits concentrated within and around the area where the injuries to natural resources have taken place.  

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Fall 2023 Newsletter

Please enjoy the fall 2023 newsletter from the Trustee Council. Topics include a virtual tour video to showcase progress at the four restoration sites and two proposed consent decrees lodged in federal court. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

As part of Phase 2 of the three-phase Portland Harbor natural resource damage assessment (NRDA), the Trustee Council entered into settlement negotiations with 23 PRPs, and at the same time worked with restoration project developers to generate restoration credits that the Trustee Council and/or settling PRPs can purchase. This document provides answers to questions about the consent decrees, the NRDA process, restoration projects, and next steps for the Trustee Council.  

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Summer 2023 Newsletter

Please enjoy the summer 2023 newsletter from the Trustee Council. Topics include updates from the Trustee Council on recreation and a spotlight on invasive plant species.

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Phase 2 Assessment Activities Presentation (2010)

Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council presentation overview of Phase 2 assessment activities.

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Spring 2023 Newsletter

Please enjoy the spring 2023 newsletter from the Trustee Council. Topics include updates from the Rinearson Natural Area Restoration Project and Restoration 101: Snags.

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Fall 2022 Newsletter

Please enjoy the fall 2022 newsletter from the Trustee Council. Topics include updates from the Linton Mill Restoration Project and Restoration 101: Large Rock Piles.

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Project Timeline - Restoration

This Restoration Timeline shows the progression of restoration planning and implementation for Portland Harbor.

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Summer 2022 Newsletter

Please enjoy the summer 2022 newsletter from the Trustee Council. Topics include updates from the Alder Creek Restoration Project and Restoration 101: Large Wood Structures.

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PGE Harborton Restoration Fact Sheet

The PGE Harborton restoration project will provide high quality habitat for salmon, lamprey, mink, bald eagle, osprey, amphibians, and other native fish and wildlife. PGE began restoration activities in 2020 and completed the project in 2021.

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Spring 2022 Newsletter

Please enjoy the spring 2022 newsletter from the Trustee Council. Topics include juvenile wild salmon present at the PGE Harborton Restoration Project and progress of ongoing lamprey monitoring.

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Spring 2021 Newsletter

The Trustee Council Announces Publication of Final Portland Harbor Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment.

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Winter 2021 Newsletter

Please enjoy the winter 2021 newsletter from the Trustee Council.  Read on to learn about cultural impacts of contamination, the Supplemental Restoration Plan, and the PGE Harborton Restoration Project.

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Summer 2020 Newsletter

The summer 2020 newsletter announces the Trustee Council publication of the Draft Portland Harbor Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment.

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Fall 2019 Newsletter

Congresswoman Bonamici and her staff joined Trustee Council representatives, restoration bankers, and community partners for a tour of Portland Harbor restoration projects in her congressional district. Read on to learn more.

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Final Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment

The Trustee Council issued a Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (SRP) in August 2020 that uses the criteria identified in the Programmatic Restoration Plan to evaluate and select one of three alternatives to implement the first phase of restoration actions. The SRP also evaluates potential environmental impacts from the alternatives under the National Environmental Policy Act. The Trustee Council released the Final SRP in March 2021 after responding to comments received during a 30-day public comment period.

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Final Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Fact Sheet

The Trustee Council's Final Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment picks up where the 2017 Programmatic Restoration Plan left off.  This fact sheet explains the Preferred Alternative and introduces associated restoration sites. 

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Cultural Impacts of Contamination Fact Sheet - Nez Perce Tribe

The five Tribal members of the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council (Five Tribes) have developed fact sheets to help interested members of the public more fully understand and appreciate each of the Five Tribe’s relationships with natural resources in and around the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and how these relationships have changed as a result of contamination in the lower Willamette River. Traditionally, tribal peoples spent substantial amounts of time in and around Portland Harbor and the lower Willamette River, forming unique bonds with the river’s natural resources.

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Cultural Impacts of Contamination Fact Sheet - Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians

The five Tribal members of the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council (Five Tribes) have developed fact sheets to help interested members of the public more fully understand and appreciate each of the Five Tribe’s relationships with natural resources in and around the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and how these relationships have changed as a result of contamination in the lower Willamette River. Traditionally, tribal peoples spent substantial amounts of time in and around Portland Harbor and the lower Willamette River, forming unique bonds with the river’s natural resources.

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Impacts to First Foods and Traditional Use Areas Fact Sheet - Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

The five Tribal members of the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council (Five Tribes) have developed fact sheets to help interested members of the public more fully understand and appreciate each of the Five Tribe’s relationships with natural resources in and around the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and how these relationships have changed as a result of contamination in the lower Willamette River. Traditionally, tribal peoples spent substantial amounts of time in and around Portland Harbor and the lower Willamette River, forming unique bonds with the river’s natural resources.

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Cultural Impacts of Contamination Fact Sheet - Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon

The five Tribal members of the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council (Five Tribes) have developed fact sheets to help interested members of the public more fully understand and appreciate each of the Five Tribe’s relationships with natural resources in and around the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and how these relationships have changed as a result of contamination in the lower Willamette River. Traditionally, tribal peoples spent substantial amounts of time in and around Portland Harbor and the lower Willamette River, forming unique bonds with the river’s natural resources.

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Cultural Impacts of Contamination Fact Sheet - Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon

The five Tribal members of the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council (Five Tribes) have developed fact sheets to help interested members of the public more fully understand and appreciate each of the Five Tribe’s relationships with natural resources in and around the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and how these relationships have changed as a result of contamination in the lower Willamette River. Traditionally, tribal peoples spent substantial amounts of time in and around Portland Harbor and the lower Willamette River, forming unique bonds with the river’s natural resources.

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Presentation - Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment

The Trustee Council has developed a Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan) that uses the criteria identified in the Programmatic Restoration Plan to evaluate and select one of three alternatives to implement restoration actions. The selected alternative is applicable to the current phase of restoration, but is subject to revision in the future. The Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan also evaluates potential environmental impacts from the alternatives under the National Environmental Policy Act.

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Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Fact Sheet

The Trustee Council's Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment picks up where the 2017 Programmatic Restoration Plan left off.  It evaluates and selects one of three alternatives to implement restoration actions in Portland Harbor.

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Natural Resource Damage Assessment Restoration Request for Proposals

The Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council invites proposals for ecological restoration projects within the Portland Harbor Superfund Study Area and Broader Focus Area that will restore, or are in the process of restoring, key habitat types and benefit potentially injured natural resources, such as juvenile Chinook salmon, Pacific lamprey, bald eagle, mink, and others.

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Alder Creek Restoration Fact Sheet

The Alder Creek restoration project was developed and constructed by Wildlands in 2014 and 2015 to provide habitat in an area of the lower Willamette River that has been highly impacted by industrialization.  This fact sheet describes the site and project.

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Rinearson Natural Area Restoration Fact Sheet

The Rinearson Natural Area restoration project will provide habitat for salmon, lamprey, mink, bald eagle, osprey, and other native fish and wildlife. The project was completed in 2017 and 2018 by Falling Springs, a habitat development company.  

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Linnton Mill Restoration Fact Sheet

The Linnton Mill restoration project will provide high quality habitat for salmon, lamprey, mink, bald eagle, osprey, and other native fish and wildlife living in this otherwise heavily developed stretch of the Willamette River.

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Portland Harbor EIS and Restoration Plan Fact Sheet

The Trustee Council developed a plan to restore natural resources injured by contamination in Portland Harbor.  This plan is called the Portland Harbor Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Restoration Plan.  The Plan evaluation several alternatives and outlines the chosen approach:  Integrated Habitat Restoration.

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Project Timeline - Damage Assessment

The Portland Harbor Superfund Site was designated in 2000.  This Project Timeline shows the progression of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process.