August 2005 UPNA Meetings
Meeting General Meeting
Meeting Aug. 8th
UPNA Board Meeting
August 15th, 2005
Notes by Shelley Oylear
Attendees: Shelley Oylear, Brian Oylear, Scott Mizee, Karen Lindquist.
Karen: National Neighbors Night Out Event debriefing
There were many positive comments that the event went well. The
kids games worked out well such as having both formal and informal
games. Some of the children were unsupervised. We could have used
a couple more trash cans. We need to get all of our receipts into
ONI for reimbursement.
Brian Oylear: Results of the Logo Design Contest: Winner: Mitch Gould,
Runner-up:Fletcher Trippe, Second runner-up: Ana Tomblin.
The results will be ratified at the next general meeting with
certificates/awards recognizing winners at September general
meeting. The voting forms resulted in a good list of new
neighbors to contact.
Shelley Oylear: Review of upcoming general meetings agenda items.
August: Portland Harbor September: Portland Freight Master Plan,
Elections, Logo Awards. October: River Plan, possible school
Shelley spoke with COP park department about the status of Waud’s Bluff
Trail. The Swan Island Trail Plan was adopted by the COP.
The feasibility of the Waud’s Bluff Trail was evaluated in the trail
plan and is funded. However the pre-engineering and design will
begin this fall and we were assured that UPNA and UP would be
Meeting Aug. 22nd
Called to Order 7:09pm
2. Crime & Safety: absent
3. U.P. update: absent
4. Guest Presentation: Portland Harbor Superfund site (overview of
Mikell (DEQ): 6 mile stretch of the
river from Sauvie’s Island to Swan Island. Home of ship maintenance,
wood treatment, and others. Those industries dumped waste into the
river and it has become highly contaminated. In late 90’s after studies
it was listed as a Federal Superfund site due to the high levels of
contamination. The State (DEQ) is required to clean up the sites along
the river (to prevent further contamination) and the Federal (EPA)
cleans up the river itself.
5. Old Business:
Chip (EPA): focus on the water and the sediments in the river. Using
responsible companies participation to investigate contamination and
eventually pay for the cleanup. Looked at fish contamination (migratory
and ones that stay, bass, carp, catfish). Took samples of sediments (at
surface and at depths). Also exposed critters to the sediment to see if
they survive. Also look at ground water that is still entering the
water. They now are compiling the data to determine the hotspots for
cleanup. There are already 3 locations that are already working on
cleanup plans (early actions).
Mikell: DEQ is working with businesses along the river to determine the
land contamination and see if the land is still contaminating the
river. Find ways to reduce and remove contamination - dredge soils out
to be treated or stored, could be capped to stop contamination from
moving, work with businesses to better manage waste, look for ways to
treat ground water (underground).
Q- how accommodating have the businesses been? It varies (over 60
businesses). Some volunteer to help cleanup and others do not want to.
Those work with lawyers to enforce the mandatory cleanup. 2/3 of them
are participating. Comment from Warren that NW Natural did not
volunteer until they made front page news. Mikell - the public has a
big impact. NW Natural has been a difficult company to work with, only
seem to minimally comply.
Q - could we end up with more sites that are bankrupt (like McCormick
& Baxter)? It is possible that it might happen but none of them
would be as bad as McCormick & Baxter.
Julie- SHINE (health Dept.): Evaluate the risk to human health and then
education and outreach to the community. Eating fish is the primary way
that humans can be affected by the contamination. Findings just
released. The resident fish are the most contaminated (catfish, carp
and bass). PCB’s are the primary contaminant. Salmon and steelhead have
lower levels. Have instructions for how to properly prepare the fish to
reduce contamination (PCB’s are stored in the fats). About 1 year ago
the health dept. issued a health advisory. Children and women of
childbearing age, pregnant women should not eat the fish. Healthy
adults should limit the amount.
Q- what about sturgeon? They were on the borderline of contaminants and
were not listed as fish to avoid.
Placed signs in areas where people fish. Show pictures of fish and in
many languages. Also have brochures in different languages. There is a
very diverse group of people who fish in the river. Reaching out to
community groups to help enhance the outreach program. Some people
depend on the fish for their sustenance.
Q - comment on experience seeing people keeping fish at Kelley Point
Park. Also there were lots of clams visible.
Q - potential harm for the employees of the businesses? Yes. Look at
risks for recreational use, workers etc... and cleaned up to satisfy
all those risks.
Q - any chance of the boundaries being extended? Yes. It depends on the
data they get back. Have sampled outside of the area as well. Can
consider certain areas as pockets but not include everything as part of
the site. Also look at how much other pollution comes into the river
and take that into consideration. Trying to target the hotspots.
Q - Sport fishing industry, have they been contacted? Yes. A member is
part of a community advisory group.
Mikell - Community advisory groups are community members that come to
meetings and report back to their communities. Many ways to stay up to
date. Can add you to a mailing list and we love to come talk to
neighborhood groups. The CAG group meets the 2nd Weds. of the month.
There are occasional events on the river. Will have info at the St.
Johns Bridge Re-opening. In February there will be a community tree
planting event on McCormick & Baxter site. There will be another
tour of the site in September.
a. St. Johns Bridge Re-opening - Sept. 17 &
18th. The bridge will be closed on Sunday to cars so people can walk
If you know anyone who was there
for the original opening contact the St. Johns Sentinel. Will have
community booths and street fair.
b. Ice Cream Social Feedback - what did you think?
Super. Astonishing. Thought it
would flop because there are some people who don’t talk to their
neighbors. It’s a start.
Got about 50 new residents info
from the event to include on mailings.
c. Ratification vote of Logo Contest Winner -
tallied the votes from event and we have to vote on the results.
2nd runner up, Ana Tomblin, bird
1st runner up, Fletcher Trippe,
Winner, Mitch Gould, UPNA design
(will request some changes)
Brian - motion that the votes as
obtained at event be ratified and accepted. Lou seconds. Vote: in
favor: all, opposed: none.
Have a presentation at the next
d. Work party for the triangle plantings. Sept 31st
/ Oct. 1st. Start off with working on a section. Made $42 from bake
sale which goes
6. New Business
a. Board & Chair Nominations: anyone interested?
Fletcher will call people who are eligible. There will be a couple
7. Open Discussion
Fletcher motions to adjourn, Shelley seconds.
Adjourned at 8:19pm