Columbia Sewage Treatment Plant, 1954 Posted on June 23, 2017 by Vintage Portland 6 Aerial of the Columbia Sewage Treatment Plant, 1954. City of Portland (OR) Archives, A2001-007.41. View this image in Efiles by clicking here. Rate this:Share this:FacebookPinterestTwitterEmailRedditLike this:Like Loading... Related
5001 N Columbia Blvd. Portland first began treating its wastewater in 1952. Before then the city’s industrial discharges, agricultural waste and sewage emptied directly into the Willamette River and Columbia Slough. The water became dangerously contaminated. When Portland citizens realized it would take new infrastructure to help clean up the problem, they approved a $12 million bond issue to build a wastewater treatment facility.
And starting with these efforts we can now swim downtown in the Willamette…
Well, ‘we’ as the general collective population who inherited the sins of the past.
I wonder where that irrigation water came from ??