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Plus, parasite found again in Bull Run water and constructive dialogues program launched.

Because the planned Southwest Corridor MAX line is expected to displace low-income households between Portland and Tigard, both cities are offering a one-year, $100,000 grant to form a community-based group to help organize such residents around anti-displacement strategies.

The funding is available through the Equitable Housing Strategy adopted by Portland, Tigard and Metro, the elected regional government that is planning the project. Applications are due by Jan. 22, the funding decision will be made on Jan. 29, and the money will be available in February.

To learn more and apply, go to

Parasite found again in Bull Run water

The return of rainy weather has been accompanied by an increase in cryptosporidium detected in water from the Bull Run Watershed.

In December alone, crypto — as the potentially disease-causing microorganism is commonly called — was found in samples taken on at least six separate days. The parasite is found in animal feces. The Water Bureau says the strains being found do not harm humans.

The Portland City Council has approved the construction of a filtration plant to remove crypto and other contaminants from Bull Run water. It is being required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon Health Authority, and is expected to be completed in 2027.

You can track the findings at

Constructive dialogues program launched

The Office of Community and Civic Life is launching a Constructive Civic Dialogues program to train volunteers to identify and diffuse potentially divisive situations in their neighborhoods.

The free program includes more than 70 events from January to June co-sponsored by five community partners. They are intended to help participants learn about different communities and gain conflict resolution skills.

The office, formerly known as the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, also is continuing to conduct an online survey about civic engagement. You can learn more at

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