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Oregon City, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has issued two civil penalties totaling $118,203 to a developer and construction company for water quality violations at “The Cove” development in Oregon City. The Cove, a 43-acre mixed-use development adjacent to the Clackamette Cove, is near the intersection of Main Street and McLoughlin Blvd., in Oregon City.

DEQ assessed Grand Cove LLC, developer of The Cove, an $87,603 civil penalty for failing to implement erosion and sediment control measures, as required by the permit, to prevent discharge of significant of sediment to surface waters. Of the total penalty, $72,003 represents the economic benefit Grand Cove gained by failing to implement adequate stormwater controls.

R&H Construction Co., the construction company for The Cove development, has been assessed a $30,600 civil penalty by DEQ for causing pollution to waters of the state from the Cove Phase I construction site.

DEQ assessed these penalties because failure to implement stormwater erosion controls can cause pollution in waterways that impact fish and other beneficial uses. Grand Cove LLC's permit requires various control measures in order to protect waterways from erosion and turbidity caused by construction projects. The discharges from the site to Clackamette Cove and the Clackamas River were turbid and contained numerous other pollutants from contaminated soil at the site that may harm fish and other beneficial uses of waters of the state.

The Cove development site contains two known cleanup sites, Parker Pond and Old Rossman Landfill. These sites are known to contain contaminants including petroleum hydrocarbons, heavy metals and PCBs. Under DEQ direction, R&H Construction has begun stormwater containment and treatment in several areas on the site.

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Jennifer Flynt, Public Information Officer, 503-730-5924,


Environment & Energy