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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish
Keep Portland Green! - June 25, 2013

Want to be part of something green? Become a “Green Street Steward” for the City of Portland!

 

Portland is at the front of a national Green Street trend that combines stormwater management with urban street design. The small rain gardens that you see on the streets use plants and soil to capture stormwater runoff from the street, allowing it to soak into the ground while filtering out pollutants.

 

The green spaces help protect our rivers, provide pedestrian and bicycle safety, and help protect sewer ratepayers’ investments in the piped collection system. They look attractive too!

 

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) launched the Green Street Steward program for community members to get involved with the green movement on our streets. Stewards can spend as much time as they like assisting the City in caring for these green spaces by picking up trash, removing leaves and debris, and occasional weeding and watering.

 

The Green Steward program is a great way to care for our community and keep Portland’s rivers clean.

 

To learn more, or to sign to up to become a Green Street Steward visit the BES website, or call (503) 823-5623.