The event will include presentation from engineer and expert in international humanitarian work

Join the Oak Lodge Governance Project at noon on Sept. 11 for "Water Utilities 101." This presentation will take a high-altitude look at municipal water systems — what they entail, what they need, and what they do.

This information session will be presented by Morteza (Mort) Anoushiravani, a registered professional civil and environmental engineer with over 44 years of professional experience in local utilities, consulting, and international humanitarian and development work. Mort was employed by the Portland Water Bureau for 26 years, working his way up from a newly hired college graduate to serving 11 years as the Chief Engineer and the Bureau Administrator of Oregon's largest water municipality.

This is the sixth in a series of regular information sessions hosted by the Oak Lodge Governance Project (OLGP) to provide historical context, background, and cultural perspective on the current governmental structure of Clackamas County. It is designed with the residents of Oak Grove and Jennings Lodge in mind, but all are welcome. Please pass this info along to others you think might be interested.

If you're interested in attending this informational Zoom meeting, pre-register at

OLGP will open the waiting room at 11:45 a.m. and welcome early attendees who would like to meet members of the steering committee and ask questions about OLGP. The presentation will begin at noon and end promptly at 1 p.m.

After leaving the Portland Water Bureau, Mort transitioned into international relief work where, for the past 15 years, he has served as the senior director of infrastructure for Mercy Corps, a Portland-based global humanitarian and development organization. Within the 40 countries that Mercy Corps is active, Mort supports the implementation of infrastructure programs.

While some of his work, especially during the pandemic, involves supporting efforts remotely, he often travels to support on-the-ground work. These efforts are in some of the world's most water-challenged areas and often focus on solving infrastructure failures caused by natural disasters, climate change, governmental conflict, and war. His extensive work with a large municipality and his problem-solving successes with projects on a global scale give Mort the broad range of experience to understand the magnitude, importance and unique specificity of each and every water system within individual communities.

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The OLGP Steering Committee consists of Mitra Anoushiravani, Nathan Breitenfeldt, Valerie Chapman, Jane Civiletti, Tom Civiletti, Joseph Edge, Nathan Ember, Eleanore Hunter, Chips Janger and Cole Merkel

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