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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 18th, 2015. 
 
For notice of inclement weather closures at DEQ and statewide, check the Oregon State Office Closures page.
 
What’s in Oregon’s Waters?
New DEQ report on toxic chemicals in state waters sets baseline for future monitoring
 
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Program recently released a study, the first statewide assessment of toxics in water across Oregon, which shows that toxic chemicals ranging from pesticides to metals are present in all water basins of the state, with some monitoring sites showing levels above benchmarks for human health and aquatic life.
 
DEQ’s Statewide Water Quality Toxics Assessment Report is available on DEQ’s water quality monitoring website. It is the result of more than five years of data that DEQ collected from 177 monitoring sites throughout the state from 2008 to 2013.
 
DEQ will use information from this study to refine further monitoring at existing sampling sites and to identify new locations for toxic monitoring. Beginning this year and through 2019, DEQ will collect toxics samples each year in specific geographic areas. This effort will begin later this year in the North Coast, Umpqua, Rogue and Klamath basins.
 
DEQ In the News Today
 
 
Updating oil spill plans for Middle Columbia River
Washington Department of Ecology News Release, Vancouver, Wash., 4/16/15