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Port of Portland Disposing of Contaminated Waste Dedge Material On West Hayden Island

Two weeks ago Audubon Society of Portland and Willamette Riverkeeper publicly called on the Port of Portland to immediately cease disposal of contaminated dredge materials from the Portland Harbor Superfund Site on West Hayden Island. At Audubon's request the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has agreed to hold a public hearing on this issue.
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). [1][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.


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

Willamette Riverkeeper

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Columbia Riverkeeper

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.


Bob Sallinger

Conservation Director

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


homepage: homepage: http://www.audubonportland.org/issues/hayden
phone: phone: 503-292-9501, ext110