The Willamette River actually became clean for about a year or two, back around the late '70s, or so if I recall correctly. Ladybird Johnson's, Beautify America campaign, and 'Don't Be A Litterbug' commercials and ads got people to eliminate litter for awhile, too. Then, when Californians and honored undocumented guest job seekers from South of the border, moved up, they just tossed trash in the streets.
This taken from the Willamette Riverkeeper website:
"The Willamette River is on the Clean Water Act 303 (d) list for violations of water quality standards including temperature, bacteria, and mercury. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality sets standards and aims to regulate river pollution through its statewide permitting program. The river also has been impacted by localized pollution issues, from the Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) in the City of Portland when it rains too much..."
Have fun swimming in shit, dumbasses.
Mark your calendars for The Big Float V to celebrate our now swimmable river!
PS great article
Vera Katz thought it would be fashionable to tear down the seawall at River Place. Tugboat skippers were worried about a boat harbor being built there, where the Willamette dog legs, as barges routinely break loose of their tether from a tug. Then, the last thing the retiring mayor did before leaving office, was to authorize the building of an adjacent suburb for the OHSU Tram, while prohibiting any public debate. Thing is, that sea wall was built for the same reason that River Place used to be a scrap yard. Ever hear of the Hundred Year Flood?
Nope! Stiiiiiillllll not going to swim in the PNW VERSION OF THE GOWANUS CANAL
Shit, Joel. At least let me get past the title before I bust out laughing- "From" a shit filled disaster? The Portland Pigeon Party poops on your word choice there.
but I read on...
Thanks for writing about this issue. We all need to be talking about this. It's going to take more than just looking after each other. We need to all drastically move away from fossil fuel use. I fish a lot. It's fantastic to be able to fish for salmon in Oregon while enjoying the beautiful outdoors, and bring some of that catch home to feed your family with a very healthy food. But all the fishermen are talking about river levels and about how they are drastically low this year and about how water temperatures are extremely warm. Fisherman follow water levels and water temperatures very, very closely, on a daily basis. We know something is seriously wrong. Current forecasts say we're going to lose all our salmon fishing in 35 years. Salmon will move north to Washington and Alaska and not be available in Oregon. We need to do something right now. Everyone should register to vote and everyone should vote every election and only vote for those people who are going to move us away from fossil fuels and drop our CO2 emission levels.
Thank you for printing the article about the impending years of drought ahead of us. It is possibly the most important issue facing us here in the west. Though you only touched on the issues of food security, and neighbors looking out for each other, I'm glad you ended it on this note.
We need to stop looking to government to fix things for us, and start coming up with our own solutions. A good place to start is by talking to neighbors about raising food cooperatively. There are also plenty of local groups focused on edible gardens/landscapes, and Permaculture.
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Ge ready for a mass influx of climate change refugees from more drought ridden areas to the south. California's drought is reaching Biblical proportions.
Water use has decreased because it's the most expensive utility bill. Period.
Oh, I thought we were talking about that great Style Council song.
No, there were no raccoons, or squirrels in Portland until after 1972, when coincidentally, we first experienced freezing rain and silver thaw. There were, however, squirrels on the grounds of the State Capital in Salem, prior to then. Coyotes are even more recent, not to mention the cougars and even the occasional bear, nowadays.
Revelation 6:8 KJV
8 And I looked , and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
Those animals all existed on that lush green LAND before it became your city! Your ignorance and hatred is outstanding! God forbid your city slicker butt coexist with nature! I grew up in the country on a farm. Then people like you moved in. First the bears and coyotes were "removed" (killed). Then the raccoons, deer, and turkeys. Lastly the hawks and falcons were shot by ignorant asses protecting their precious inbred little yappers. The best part was people like you made a city in the country, and the smell of farm animals was offensive and our horses, chickens, livestock and rabbits had to go. Thanks. Humans are the monsters. Ignorant humans like you!
Cage match: full grown intact 40 pound male raccoon vs. Pitbull. Who wins?
I think the fast twitch wild animal craziness of the coon would inflict beau coo damage but the pit would keep coming and eventually get the coon by the throat. Game over.
How dare you write this, and how dare the Mercury for publishing such an ignorant article. No animal is wortH killing at the expense of urban sprawl. We are invading their homes and they are just trying to survive.
Raccoons are cute and relatively harmless.
A coyote was trotting after me as I was jogging one day. I realized it was waiting for me to die so it could eat my corpse. Them and the nutria are worth killing. Bowhunting them should be allowed.
Mark Sofia: You'd be better off getting over him. He'll forget about you as soon as he can find an open garbage can to scrounge around in. Raccoons are like that.
@ PDX-girl - Petting wild animals? Please say "Hi" for me to the good folks at OHSU when you go there for your HRIG series.
They're very nice.
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