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Portland Sewage Overflows and Goldilocks


Record rainfall last weekend resulted in a sewage overflow into the Willamette River. That means you need to be avoid Willamette River water for a couple of days. What it does not mean is that the Big Pipe project addressing this problem didn’t work.

There used to be an average of 50 sewage overflows into the Willamette every winter. The Big Pipe project is designed to reduce that number down to four winter overflows, but did not eliminate them.

Think about the story of Goldilocks, in which the title character checked out the beds of the three bears to find the one that was “just...

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