We are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. We are your friends, neighbors & walking buddies. We love the Fanno Creek Trail and urban greenspaces. We are Oregonians who live in the city alongside trees, wetlands and nature.
We are committed to Fanno Creek, beautiful old growth trees, healthy wetlands and wildlife habitat. Our focus is the greenspace & the wetland alongside the Fanno Creek Trail in Garden Home.
The Portland Golf Club accepts the role of leaders in ecosystem preservation and sustainability within the golf club world. To do this, we ask the following:
Soil health analyses submitted by Portland Golf Club (PGC) to the Army Corps of Engineers in March 2021 are important but insufficient as they do not address an area of real concern.
PLEASE SEE THE TEST RESULTS IN THE *documents & communications* SECTION, along with the accompanying email from the PGC to the ACOE.
Golf courses tend to be intensive users of pesticides. PGC first opened in 1914, and as such, it is probable that the club historically used pesticides that are no longer legal to use. Many of these pesticides are persistent, meaning that they or their metabolites are resistant to environmental degradation. These pesticides present a potential environmental risk, as they will have increased bioavailability due to disturbance and relocation to Wetland A in permeable storage bags. It would seem, given PGC’s current plan to place the bags proximate to Fanno Creek, that the sediments should be analyzed for pesticide residues. Quantification of the pesticide residues would help in determining the potential risk to the environment whether a change in that plan is necessary.
Additionally, a review of PGC’s pesticide application records (both recent and distant) would help in determining what classes of pesticides should be assayed for. Regardless of the records, due to common golf course maintenance practices, long-lived organochlorine pesticides such as DDT/DDE, heptachlor, aldrin, methoxychlor and dieldrin would seem to be among the prime candidates for assay. Also, endosulfan, a cyclodiene chlorinated hydrocarbon, and organophosphorus insecticides (such as parathion and chlorpyrifos) are potential candidates as well. Many of these pesticides are toxic to fish and other wildlife in relatively small amounts. Our community deserves a more comprehensive analysis of the irrigation ponds’ soil than simply assaying for physical characteristics and heavy metal content.
Another grave concern is the lack of information regarding the testing protocols used by PGC to obtain the samples they have collected. An inquiry should be made into whether multiple samples were collected and, if so, whether the data from numerous samples was aggregated. The agencies reviewing PGC’s permit applications should also know from what depth(s) the analyzed samples were collected and if these samples represent all the layers of sediment that PGC proposes to dredge and dump in a wetland within the Fanno Creek watershed and adjacent to a popular walking trail.
Portland Golf Club lies in Washington County Oregon. Fanno Creek runs through their property. They have water rights to the Creek, so they take and store water in their irrigation pond. In 2021 they made public their intent to dredge the pond, pumping water and dredge to the southern portion of their property, immediately adjacent to the Fanno Creek Trail. The dredge tailings will be left in bags on top of the wetland. They estimate the equivalent of 500 dump trucks of dredge tailings will be placed permanently on the wetland.
Temporary effects: noise, truck traffic, closure of the walking trail.
Permanent effects: elimination of the wetland, elimination of wildlife habitat, creation of an eyesore, alteration of storm water flow and Fanno Creek water flow.
As a result, neighbors organized to provide a unified voice and request the golf club preserve the existing & vibrant wetland, and work with us to find a more environmentally sound solution.
Portland has sewer pressure lines (Fanno force mains) which lie underneath the Fanno Creek Trail. BES must work with Washington County LUT to ensure the project does not disrupt/damage the sewer lines. Paul Suto ,Chief Engineer Paul.email@example.com and Aaron Abrams, Public Involvement Program Manager Aaron.firstname.lastname@example.org
THPRD maintains the Fanno Creek Trail & vegetation along the corridor. The park district has the goals of preserving the integrity of the trail & the public's use of it throughout the duration of the project. Bruce Barbarasch, THPRD Nature & Trails Manager email@example.com
The County LUT requires a flood plain alteration application to be filed + approved. The current document is on this webpage under Updates & Documents.
Sean Harrasser, CFM Associate Planner, Washington County LUT, Sean_harrasser@co.washington.or.us
CWS focuses on storm drainage, both temporary and post-project conditions. Stacey Benjamin, Environmental Plan Reviewer, BenjaminS@CleanWaterServices.org
DSL, DEQ, & the Army Corps co-process the Joint Permit Application, the primary application to eliminate the wetland. Each agency has a different focus & set of requirements. The JPA is the primary application and its approval is a prerequisite to any action by any other agencies involved. Application is on this website under Updates & Documents.
Michael DeBlasi, Aquatic Resource Coordinator, DSL, Michael.firstname.lastname@example.org
Rafael Orozco, Regulatory Project Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers Rafael.email@example.com
Haley Teach, Project Manager, DEQ, firstname.lastname@example.org
OWRD oversees how PGC exercises its water rights to take water from Fanno Creek & Woods Creek and store it in their irrigation pond. PGC is not authorized to exceed its established water rights before or after completion of the dredge project. Water usage can only be verified through metering. Jake Constans, Watermaster District 18, Jake.email@example.com
Washington County is structured as a Council-Manager form of government, giving the five-member Board of Commissioners legislative responsibility, they are also the governing board for Clean Water Services. The area we advocate protecting lies in District 1.
Copyright © 2023 Neighbors for Wetland Preservation - All Rights Reserved.