Stayton, OR—The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined the City of Stayton $23,347 and Marion County $8,400 for polluting the Salem Ditch during pressure washing at the Jordan Bridge in Pioneer Park.
The city contracted a Marion County Transition Center work crew to pressure wash the bridge. When the county crew pressure washed the bridge on May 2, white paint chips washed off the bridge and fell into the Salem Ditch. A DEQ inspector on May 3 saw the material in the ditch and along its banks. The city cleaned the areas on May 3 and May 4.
Of the city's penalty, $10,147 represents the economic benefit it gained by not putting measures in place to safeguard the ditch. The city was made aware of measures that would safeguard the ditch, but failed to take any of those measures.
The ditch is a diversion form the North Santiam River and provides flow for Mill Creek. It also supplies water for commercial and agricultural operations and habitat for fish and other aquatic life.
The city has appealed its penalty and the county has until Aug. 22 to appeal its penalty.
View the enforcement letters at: https://www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/081717marion.pdf https://www.oregon.gov/deq/nr/081717stayton.pdf
Katherine Benenati, Public Affairs Specialist, Eugene, 541-686-7997, firstname.lastname@example.org