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Portland, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined the City of Portland $55,200 for a July 2017 sewage overflow that contaminated water and killed fish in Beaverton's Woods Creek.

The overflow occurred on July 13 after City of Portland staff mistakenly left a drain valve open during pressure tests on sewer lines between Portland and Beaverton. The Portland sewage system is connected to Beaverton's sewage system.

An estimated 100,000 to 200,000 gallons of raw sewage overflowed from sewer manholes into Woods Creek near SW 69th Ave. and SW Railroad St. in Beaverton and resulted in the death of an estimated 196 fish, mostly minnows and sculpin.

Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services stopped the overflow the day it occurred and deployed crews to assist City of Beaverton and Clean Water Services staff with cleaning up the sewage. City of Portland, Clean Water Services and City of Beaverton all took actions to notify the public of the spill.

Oregon law prohibits the discharge of untreated sewage into waterways because it threatens the health of people, fish and other wildlife.

View the enforcement letter at: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/020118Portland.pdf

Contact: Laura Gleim, Public Affairs Specialist, Portland, 503-229-6488, gleim.laura@deq.state.or.us

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