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Salem Dumping Untreated Sewage In Willamette River After Heavy Rains


Stairs lead down to a gate that lets water flow into the Willamette River from the North River Road diversion structure at River Road Park in Salem.

Stairs lead down to a gate that lets water flow into the Willamette River from the North River Road diversion structure at River Road Park in Salem.

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The city of Salem is releasing diluted raw sewage into the Willamette River for a second time this winter.

The release, which began at 5:18 a.m. Sunday and was continuing Monday evening, is necessary because heavy rains have overwhelmed the city’s Willow Lake treatment plant, city spokesman Mike Gotterba said.

Without the release, sewage would back up and flood streets and basements.

An estimate of the amount released won’t be available until the discharge ends, he said.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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