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Salem Releases Untreated Sewage Into The Willamette River


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

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

Molly J. Smith/Statesman Journal

The city of Salem is warning people to stay out of the Willamette River downstream of Keizer’s River Road Park following an accidental sewer overflow.

The city operates a wet weather treatment facility at the park.

At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, crews doing routine maintenance accidentally opened a remotely controlled valve on the emergency bypass gate, city spokesman Mike Gotterba said.

About 4,000 gallons of untreated sewage escaped to the river before crews noticed the open valve at 11:59 a.m.

Read more at the Statesman Journal.

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