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City Hall Watch: Portland submits crypto plan
The Portland Water Bureau submitted its plan last Wednesday to the Oregon Health Authority for complying with U.S. EPA rules regarding a potentially deadly organism in the Bull Run Watershed.
The Oct. 9 letter from bureau administrator Michael Stuhr says the City Council unanimously voted Aug. 2 to build a filtration plant for up to $500 million that will remove any traces of cryptosporidium from the water before it reaches customers.
During the 10 years it will take to build the plant, Stuhr says the water bureau will increase security to keep trespassers out of the watershed, continuing monitoring for crypto (as it is commonly called) and publicizing results, and will conduct field studies to determine its sources.
The OHA is expected to reply by Nov. 22, the day it is revoking the bureau's variance to the EPA rules because of repeated crypto findings this year. City and county health officials say Bull Run water is still safe, however.
Applications accepted for displaced families
The Portland Housing Bureau announced last week that households displaced from North and Northeast Portland by gentrification can now apply for 31 units in Garfield Place, an affordable apartment building under construction by Cascadia Behavioral Health in the Albina neighborhood.
The apartments are reserved as part of the city's N/NE Preference Policy to help displaced households return to their former neighborhoods. The deadline for applying is Nov. 1.
To learn more, visit: www.portlandoregon.gov/phb/index.cfm?&c=74540.
Traffic fatalities continue to increase
Late Thursday, a driver became the 36th fatality in Portland this year. By the same time in 2016, 33 people had died in crashes in the city. He is identified as 25-year-old Brandon C. Cassel of Portland. Speed is considered a factor.
The council adopted a Vision Zero policy in mid-2015 to eliminate all fatal and serious injury crashes by 2025. It also has authorized millions of dollars for safety improvements, including projects funded by the temporary 10-cent-a-gallon gas tax approved by voters in May 2016.