When: Monday, August 30th at 6:00 PM|
Where: University of Oregon Building, Room 142/144, 70 NW Couch Street, Portland, Oregon
Please attend this hearing and help us send a strong message to the Port, the City and the regulatory agencies that West Hayden Island is the wrong place to dispose of contaminated dredge materials.
Port of Portland Contamination Site
Background: The Port is currently in the process of disposing of 30,000 cubic yards of dredge materials containing lead, zinc and pesticides from the Willamette River at Terminal 5 and has requested permission from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to add an additional 75,000 cubic yards of dredge material containing DDT, PCBs, PAHs and petroleum hydrocarbons from the Willamette River at Post Office Bar (river mile 2.2). 
West Hayden Island has been at the center of significant controversy recently as the Port has sought to have the City of Portland annex and rezone the parcel to allow for marine industrial development over the strong objections of neighbors, conservation groups and community groups concerned about ecological and community impacts.
On July 29th, the Portland City Council voted to consider allowing development on up to 300 out of the islands 826 acres, but strongly assured the public that no decision would be made until further study of community concerns was completed. Contrary to these assurances, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality specifically based its decision to allow the Port to place contaminated dredge materials on West Hayden Island on Port assurances that the site would be developed.
Why should we be concerned:
The Port is deliberately and unnecessarily placing contaminated materials in a wildlife area;
DEQ based the decision to allow contaminated materials on West Hayden Island on inaccurate statements by the Port that the site would be developed for industrial use even though a final decision by City Council on whether to zone this site for development is still a year away;
The placement of contaminated dredge materials on West Hayden Island saves the Port millions of dollars it would have had to have spent to dispose of these materials in an appropriate location, provides needed fill to prepare the site for industrial development and potentially precludes restoration opportunities on this site;
It makes a joke out of City Hall assurances at the July 29th Hearing that community concerns would be seriously analyzed before any final decision regarding development would be made--to date not a single member of the City Council has spoken out against the Port's decision to deliberately contaminate this site.
PLEASE HELP US SEND A STRONG MESSAGE TO THE PORT, THE CITY AND DEQ THAT CONTAMINATED DREDGE MATERIALS FROM THE PORTLAND HARBOR SUPERFUND SITE SHOULD NOT BE PLACED ON WEST HAYDEN ISLAND!
Other Ways to Help
Join our Save West Hayden Island Facebook Page to get regular updates about upcoming West Hayden Island events and actions: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Save-West-Hayden-Island/136664296349832?ref=ts
Add the name of your group/ organization to those already opposing development on West Hayden Island. Stop by Audubon and pick-up a "Save West Hayden Island" bumper sticker
Groups Opposing West Hayden Island Development
Audubon Society of Portland
Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership
Oregon League of Conservation Voters (Multnomah Chapter)
Coalition for a Livable Future
Hayden Island Livability Project on Facebook
Friends of West Hayden Island
Hayden Island Neighborhood Network
Oregon Council of Trout Unlimited
Urban Greenspaces Institute
A New Vision For West Hayden Island
We envision a fully restored 8oo+ Acre Wildlife Area and Nature Park at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers: A place that provides habitat for more than 100 species including bald eagles, painted turtles, federally listed salmon and steelhead and extraordinary opportunities for people to hike, paddle and enjoy nature in an urban environment.
Visitors will explore a mosaic of wetlands, grasslands, beaches and one of the largest intact bottomland hardwood forests left on the Lower Columbia River. A new nature center will provide programs for children and adults about the unique role that confluence areas play in the migratory cycles of our imperiled fish and wildlife populations.
Our local green economy will be supported by nature based recreation, restoration projects, and establishment of a regional mitigation bank to allow for marine development in more appropriate locations.
West Hayden Island will symbolize our commitment to restoring balance to our urban landscapes and leaving the land better than we found it for future generations.
Audubon Society of Portland
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 292-9501 ext. 110
Help Save West Hayden Island Wildlife Area! Hundreds of acres of forest, meadow and wetlands at risk of being converted to parking lots!
Go to http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Save-West-Hayden-Island/136664296349832?ref=ts
The dredge materials contain relatively low levels of contaminants compared to other areas of the Portland Harbor Superfund Site. The T-5 materials are contaminated with lead, zinc and pesticides. The Post Office Bar materials contain DDT, PAHs and Petroleum Hydrocarbons. Both sites are located within the Superfund area in Portland Harbor. While the contaminant levels are relatively low, it is accurate to say that the material is contaminated and that it will require special treatment and does present a threat to fish, wildlife and humans under certain types of land use scenarios..
T-5 Dredge Materials:
Zinc--exceeds levels acceptable for non threatened or endangered species
Lead--exceeds levels acceptable for endangered birds
DDT, DDE--Present but below screening levels
Post Office Bar Dredge Materials:
DDT--exceed bio accumulation sediment screening levels
PAHs--Above human health residential based screening levels
Petroleum Hydrocarbons---Above 100 mg/ kg screening level