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  • DEQ Leverages Resources to Help a Community Orchard
    Similar to many brownfield stories, the Malden Court Community Orchard project in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood, is a story of leveraging resources and community collaboration for public benefit. This project is a great example of a community leading the way, with DEQ and other agencies helping to support the work at hand. 
     
    The non-profit organization Green Lents requested DEQ assistance to test soil at a site along the Springwater Corridor Trail to see if it was safe for creating an orchard. The unused property had become a blackberry thicket filled with garbage. To improve site access for testing, 17 hired goats ate the blackberry plants.
     
     
     
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DEQ Office Locations, Hours and Closures

In April 2015, the DEQ’s Western Region office in Salem will move to a new location – 4026 Fairview Industrial Drive, Salem, OR. 97302. The target date for operating at the new location is Monday, April 6th, 2015.
 
This spring, DEQ's Northwest Region Office will move to a new location - the 700 Lloyd building at 700 NE Multnomah St., Portland, OR 97232. The target date for operating at the new location is May 26th, 2015. 
 
For notice of inclement weather closures at DEQ and statewide, check the Oregon State Office Closures page.
 

VIP Alert! Expect traffic delays at DEQ’s NE 33rd Drive emission test station this Saturday, April 4

 

Motorists planning to visit DEQ’s Northeast Portland vehicle emission test station at 7701 NE 33rd Drive this Saturday, April 4 should prepare for significant traffic delays due to a half-marathon race that will begin north of the station on NE 33rd Drive.
 
Expect traffic delays and vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the vicinity of the station from 7:15 a.m. to at least 9 a.m.
 
The station will be open during its regular hours, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., but DEQ suggests that motorists may want to consider taking their vehicle to another DEQ station instead on Saturday, April 4.
 
Organizers for the Hop Hop Half Half Marathon say the event is certified. Police and race volunteers will be on hand to help control pedestrian and vehicle traffic, but motorists using the DEQ test station should exercise extra caution.
 
 
DEQ In the News Today
 
ArgusObserver.com, Ontario, 3/31/15
 
Coal terminal secures DEQ water certification
East Oregonian, Pendleton, 3/31/15
 
Columbia River coal export terminal gets Oregon water quality approval
Register-Guard, Eugene, Associated Press, 4/1/15
 
Oregon environmental news: Environmental lobbying efforts
Oregonlive.com, 4/1/15 (Scroll down column to second news item)
 
Bills impose strict fuel rules on Oregon Ag.
Naturalresourcereport.com, 4/1/15
 
Free agricultural pesticide collection event
Currycountyreporter,com, 4/1/15