Breakout Tracks

Track C: Big Picture


Monday, April 30, 2018
10:30 am-12:00 pm | Session 1

City of Salem Project
Sherwood Tannery Project
Willamette Falls Project

Working in Open Space—Issues and Challenges

Converting contaminated properties into public open space is a worthy endeavor full of its own challenges. Come learn how different organizations are approaching their own unique issues around major open space projects that have varying levels of contamination.

Presenters: Annie Gorski, City of Salem; Alex Gilbertson, Project Manager, Willamette Falls Riverwalk


Monday, April 30, 2018
2:00-3:30 pm | Session 2

Marion County

Brownfields Thru a Public Health Lens

Come hear about two case studies that examine how rural Oregon communities are utilizing the lens of brownfields and public health to assess community needs. The first case study provides an overview of how small town, rural partnerships formed within the North Santiam Canyon to assess, characterize and set shared objectives that seek to improve water infrastructure issues. The second case study examines how students in rural eastern Oregon are collaborating with local organizations, designing surveys, and leading a Photovoice project to get a better understanding of the health of their community, while proving them to be effective stakeholders.

Presenters: Megan Alameda and students, Brownfields in Baker, Baker Technical Institute; Danielle Gonzalez, Community Development, Marion County


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
9:30-10:45 am | Session 5

Thinking Outside the Engagement Box—Soliciting Cross Sector Partnerships

The most important asset in any brownfield project are the relationships built along the way. This session will provide tangible examples and action steps for successful cross-sector, community, and local government collaboration. Drawing on examples from Eastern Oregon, this session will set new, existing, or future projects up for success.

Presenter: Gustavo Morales, Executive Director, EUVALCREE


Tuesday, May 1, 2018
11:00 am-12:15 pm | Session 6


Brownfields Nexus with Portland Harbor Superfund

The Portland Harbor Superfund Site is located within a section of the lower Willamette River, which has had a long history of industrial activity resulting in various chemical contaminants being released into the river and/or onto adjacent lands. This panel aims to provide a high-level perspective of cleanup and redevelopment considerations, relevant policy, practical solutions, and innovative approaches for utilizing brownfields within the Portland Harbor and the region. Discussion topics will include navigating the EPA and DEQ regulatory framework for properties within the Portland Harbor, the implications of source control for upland properties with connections to the river, and other unique challenges to redevelopment within a Superfund Site. Lastly, two resourceful solutions will be presented for utilizing brownfields in the Portland Harbor and the region: 1) Filling a wastewater treatment plant lagoon on a brownfield site in St. Helens with sediment generated during cleanup and 2) Restoring brownfields properties to provide critical habitat through the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process.

Presenters: Jim McKenna, Governor's Office Portland Harbor Policy Analyst; Jacob Faust, PE, Maul Foster & Alongi Senior Engineer; Kevin Parrett, PhD, DEQ Northwest Region Cleanup Program Manager; Lauren Senkyr, NOAA Habitat Restoration Specialist

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