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Portland Sewers


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The sewers of Portland are designed to transfer both household wastewater and rainwater to a treatment system. But when the rainfall is too heavy, the pipes can’t handle the flow, and rainwater and untreated sewage are dumped directly into the Willamette River.

First Broadcast: 2003
Producer: Jim Newman

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Bend Badlands; Dead Zones; Portland Sewers (1411)

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1411
Original Broadcast: August 9, 2007