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Measuring a young Chinook salmon, part of the ongoing natural resources damage assessment at the Portland Harbor site. (NOAA photo)

NOAA Seeks Public Comment on Addendum to Natural Resource Assessment Plan for Portland Harbor

NOAA and other Trustee Council members have been conducting a natural resources damage assessment since 2010 for the Portland Harbor Superfund site in Portland, Oregon, to evaluate natural resource injuries incurred over time in areas contaminated with hazardous substances (pesticides such as DDT, PCBs, and others), and oil.

(l - r ) Megan Callahan Grant, Restoration Center, NMFS Office of Habitat Conservation (Portland), Bill Duggan, Robinwood Riverie Homeowners Association, Nicole LeBoeuf, NOAA National Ocean Service,  Gary Howard, Columbia Restoration Group, and Bobby Proutt, Falling Springs. NOAA photo.

Fish and Wildlife Gain Critical Habitat Near Portland Harbor

National Ocean Service Deputy Assistant Administrator Nicole LeBoeuf met February 7, 2018, with key partners of the Rinearson Creek Restoration project in Gladstone, Oregon. The 33-acre restoration area is being created to bring back riparian, off-channel, and upland habitats for Chinook salmon, lamprey, bald eagle, river otter, and mink, as well as several important amphibian species.

As part of the proposed restoration for St. Louis River Interlake, non-native cattail, seen here, will be removed and replaced with native emergent wetland species such as the culturally important wild rice.

2017 Accomplishments Restoring our Nation's Coasts after Industrial Pollution

In 2017, multiple agreements were reached requiring companies to restore natural resources damaged by industrial pollution:

Boat under bridge across Portland Harbor

Restoration Plan Finalized for Portland Harbor Superfund Site

NOAA, on behalf of the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council, developed a restoration plan and environmental impact statement for the Superfund site. The plan proposes an integrated habitat restoration approach. This approach will result in habitat restoration projects that benefit a suite of fish and wildlife potentially injured by industrial contamination in Portland Harbor.

The Alder Creek restoration site on Oregon’s Willamette River as construction nears completion in 2015. (Photo courtesy of Wildlands, Inc.)

Restoration along Oregon’s Willamette River Opens up New Opportunities for Business and Wildlife

Salmon, mink, bald eagles, and other wildlife should be lining up to claim a spot among the lush new habitat freshly built along Oregon’s Willamette River.

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Juvenile Chinook salmon.

Portland Harbor

Since the early 1900s, numerous facilities have released oil, PCBs polychlorinated biphenyls; a class of chemicals previously used in manufacturing that remain in the environment for many decades, accumulate in living creatures, and pose health hazards to humans, wildlife, and fish., heavy metals, pesticides, and other hazardous substances into Portland Harbor.