A Community Gathering to Alert the Community
To the Health Hazards of the Willamette River
If you swim in, fish in, or drink from the Willamette
River you need to know that the lower Willamette River is
one of the country?s most polluted areas and that exposure to the water can be dangerous to you and your family?s
health. An area of the lower Willamette River known as the
Portland Harbor has been listed by the EPA as a Superfund site.
On Saturday, November 17, 2001 at 1:00 PM citizens of
Portland will gather at Ankeny Stage in Waterfront Park (Base
of Ankeny Street SW behind Saturday Market) in downtown Portland
to engage and inform the community about the health
hazards of the Willamette River.
The toxins in the river include Mercury, PCBs,
Arsenic, Dioxins, and Cadmium. One of the main ways of being harmed by
these toxins is from eating contaminated fish. The toxins
in the riverand river sediment are more harmful when concentrated in fish, sothat pollutants found at safe levels in the water can make fish unsafe to eat. People who eat fish a few times a month from the Willamette River are at the greatest risk, as well as children and pregnant or nursing women.
The Oregon Center for Environmental Health (OCEH) and
The Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG)
Foundation, sponsors of this gathering, have launched campaigns to alert the community to these hazards and to encourage citizen involvement in how the clean-up process will work. Following the gathering volunteers from OCEH and OSPIRG will distribute informational
brochures and posters throughout Portland.
LET?S KEEP OUR COMMUNITY HEALTHY TOGETHER.
JOIN US ON SATURDAY, 11/ 17/01 @ 1:00 PM AT
For more information - Check our Websites: OCEH @
http://www.oregon-health.org and OSPIRG @ http://www.ospirg.org/portlandharbor