County celebrates turning dumpsite into thriving habitat

Washington County is celebrating the culmination of a 10-year effort that has literally turned a dumpsite into a thriving forest habitat.

Back in the 1950s, we had yet to fully realize the implications of solid waste management and the impact of using any steep ravine “out in the country” for dumping everything from old tires to food waste. It wasn’t until the 1980s that landfills were designed and operated to prevent environmental contamination.

Fast forward 60 years, and the transformation of the former Shadybrook Landfill site, just outside of North Plains, is truly amazing. At one time, 21 acres of this 60 acre parcel was the county’s primary solid waste disposal site. The landfill closed in the early 1970s, but another part of the property was used for several years after that as a shooting range for law enforcement.

Over the years, many concerns about hazardous materials, including leachate seeping from the ravine, lead contamination from spent ammunition and fires due to spontaneous combustion spurred the county into action. In 2004, Washington County entered into the Oregon DEQ’s voluntary cleanup program and began the process of investigation, assessment and eventually, specific actions to mitigate contamination of the soil and water on the property.

The process included sampling and analysis of surface and deep groundwater supplies, including nearby Jesus Creek. The county used 3,500 cubic yards of clean fill dirt to cap the former firearms range — after more than 50 pounds of spent lead bullets were removed. A total of 27,000 cubic yards of clean soil was hauled in to the site to cap and grade critical areas. This helped to improve stormwater flow and minimize the infiltration of water through the landfill. The additional soil also helped support long-term reforestation, and to date, more than 5,000 trees have been planted on the property. Since 2005, the county has spent $1,137,244 on this project.

Last fall, DEQ issued a “conditional no further action” determination for Shadybrook, bringing the cleanup and remediation to a close. The county will continue to monitor the property.

As with other forest lands owned by Washington County, the new forest has the potential to generate revenue when the time comes to thin the new trees. Most importantly, Shadybrook is now a protected area and home to a wide array of wildlife. It is a success story on many levels and will be managed to the highest level of environmental protection to ensure the best use of the property for future generations.

Julie McCloud

Washington County Administrative Office


Terry represents best interests of county’s residents

I have been a neighbor and friend of Bob Terry’s for the past 12 years, and during that time have had several candid conversations regarding his stint in the Navy as well as his work for Borg Warner. On one occasion I had the opportunity to meet his previous boss at Borg Warner, and was able to witness first-hand the trust and friendship they shared.

This trust and friendship is the same that I have developed with Bob. I feel Bob Terry represents the best interests of the residents of Washington County. Bob’s background in business has a direct relationship to his ability to help steer the county in the right direction.

Bob Terry is the right choice for the Washington County Commission, and Bob Terry has my vote.

Ken Leahy


Wilsonville chamber supports Duyck’s re-election

Andy Duyck has been serving on the Washington County Commission for nearly 20 years and has a tremendous record of success in his private and public life.

He built a successful manufacturing business that employs 20 that is still in operation today. He has worked to make Washington County more effective and efficient by creating a business climate that is conducive to growth. The business environment in Washington County is one of the strongest in the state because of policies that allow employers to swiftly navigate their way through government and create jobs.

Chairman Duyck has been a vocal supporter of transportation funding, a chamber priority. He also has encouraged and participated in a collaborative approach on planning issues in the south metro region, working with the cities of Wilsonville and Tualatin. He is a strong supporter of industrial development in the Coffee Creek and Basalt Creek areas and supported the creation of Wilsonville’s economic development TIF zones.

Chair Duyck’s business acumen and his alignment with chamber priorities has earned him the Wilsonville Area Chamber of Commerce’s endorsement.

Steve Gilmore


Contract Publishing

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