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124th Avenue Extension Project

The first section of the Willamette Water Supply Program’s new water transmission line will be installed as part of Washington County’s 124th Avenue Extension Project.

Washington County is extending 124th Avenue north from Wilsonville to Tualatin-Sherwood Road to improve regional mobility and provide access to future commercial and industrial lands between Tualatin and Sherwood. The new road extension will include one travel lane in each direction. In addition to the 124th Avenue extension, safety improvements will be made on Tonquin Road and Grahams Ferry Road.

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New program manager tapped to get Willamette River drinking water to Hillsboro

By Dana Tims | The Oregonian/OregonLive  (April 08, 2015)

A long-time professional engineer has been tapped to help design and build a 30-mile pipeline that will provide Willamette River drinking water to more than 300,000 Washington County residents.

Dave Kraska, who brings more than 25 years of experience in the water industry, will serve as Tualatin Valley Water District’s Water Supply Department manager.

“We’re thrilled Dave has joined our team,” said Mark Knudson, the district’s chief executive officer. “His experience, reputation and personality are exactly what we need to deliver this complex program.”

The city of Hillsboro and TVWD, acting together, form the Willamette Water Supply Program. They are embarked on a $1 billion effort to supplement drinking water sources that currently include the Tualatin River, area reservoirs and the city of Portland’s Bull Run.

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Route Chosen For Major Pipeline Running Willamette River Water To Hillsboro

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A route has been determined for a 30-mile pipeline that would provide more than 300,000 residents and businesses in the city of Hillsboro and other west Portland suburbs with water from the Willamette River.

On Tuesday, the city of Hillsboro and the Tualatin Valley Water District revealed their proposal for the location of the major pipeline, which would run water from the Willamette River at Wilsonville, around the periphery of Tualatin, Tigard and Beaverton, and then out to Hillsboro.

A project of this size could cost around a billion dollars, and financing it may cause rates to increase for customers, said Todd Heidgerken, interim director for the Willamette Water Supply pipeline project. But in the long term, Hiedgerken expects the pipeline to add resiliency to the region’s water supply.

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Wilsonville-to-Hillsboro water line route, just unveiled, is a study in time, patience

The Oregonian/OregonLive (Written by Dana Tims,  March 07, 2015)

Todd Heidgerken is the first to note that long-term water planning isn’t a profession suited to anyone expecting immediate gratification.

As evidence, he pointed to this week’s landmark decision regarding where to build a 30-mile pipeline linking 300,000 current and future Washington County residents with treated drinking water from the Willamette River Treatment Plant in Wilsonville.

The water right that the Tualatin Valley Water District needs to tap the Willamette was secured nearly 40 years ago, said Heidgerken, Willamette Water Supply interim program director.

And even now that a preferred pipeline route has been identified, it will be more than a decade before Willamette River water begins flowing to spigots in Hillsboro.

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Water pipeline route identified

Hillsboro Tribune (Thursday, March 5, 2015, Written by Kathy Fuller)

Program partners Hillsboro Water and Tualatin Valley Water District have agreed on a preferred route for a 30-mile pipeline to bring water from the Willamette River to Hillsboro.

The pipeline will carry water from the river north to Hillsboro and Beaverton, and will include an expanded water treatment plant in Wilsonville and additional water storage tanks. The proposed pipeline through Hillsboro runs primarily along Cornelius Pass Road.

“It’s a great step forward — the technical team started with 117 route options, and a combination of criteria-based research and local community feedback has narrowed it down to this preferred option,” said Todd Heidgerken, interim program director for the Willamette Water Supply Program.

The proposed pipeline route will now move to the next round of technical review.

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Willamette Water Supply Preferred Route Identified

On Tuesday, March 3, the preferred pipeline route for the Willamette Water Supply Program was shared with the Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) Board of Commissioners. Program partners, TVWD and Hillsboro Water, agreed last week to move the preferred pipeline route to the next round of technical review and continued public engagement. The preferred pipeline route will be shared with the other jurisdictions along the route during the next two months.  The preferred route is more than 30 miles long, from Wilsonville north through Hillsboro and Beaverton.

This favored route is the result of months of work reviewing multiple routes against selection criteria and getting input from staff, policymakers and community members.   “It’s a great step forward—the technical team started with 117 route options, and a combination of criteria-based research and local community feedback has narrowed it down to this preferred option.” explained Todd Heidgerken, interim Program Director for the Willamette Water Supply Program.  “There is still more work to be done. The specifics of the pipeline route are far from final.”  Over the coming year, the Willamette Water Supply Program staff will continue with pipeline planning and design with input from the local jurisdictions.

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Agreement binds Wilsonville to water supply project

Wilsonville Spokesman (Wednesday, 14 January 2015, Written by Josh Kulla)

Wilsonville City Councilors unanimously voted Jan. 5 to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Tualatin Valley Water District and five metro area cities, a move that takes the city further down the road toward a new water treatment plant.

The agreement binds Wilsonville, the water district and the cities of Sherwood, Tualatin, Tigard, Beaverton and Hillsboro into a partnership that is aimed at producing a governance agreement by the end of 2016. The agreement would essentially spell out the details behind a future system of pipelines that would send Willamette River water from a new water treatment plant in Wilsonville to the participating cities.

“It’s adding time to our extended schedule and it’s paying for having the facilitator continue to work with us as we work on how to solve this really, really complex problem,” Wilsonville Community Development Director Nancy Kraushaar told Wilsonville City Councilors at their Jan. 5 meeting.

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Thank You to Open House Attendees

The Willamette Water Supply Program wishes to thank everyone who attended the recent  open houses. Your input is greatly appreciated!

More than 800 people attended the open house or participated in the online open house.  Participants said that coordinating pipeline construction with other improvement projects (like transportation projects) and utility work as the main benefit of the Project.  Construction impacts, particularly the potential for traffic congestion and impact on businesses and residents, was the primary concern expressed by attendees.

The input from the open houses is being used to help define the preferred pipeline route, coordinate construction with other agencies, and better plan for construction impacts. A preferred route for the project, from Wilsonville to Hillsboro and Beaverton, will be identified in 2015, with more public outreach planned for summer 2015.

Read the open house summary here.

 

Washington County’s long-term water needs on display at ‘virtual’ open house

Oregonlive.com  (November 27 | Written by Dana Tims)

The Willamette Water Supply Program is exploring options for future pipeline routes and is seeking public comment.

A series of open houses was held recently at various points in Washington County, but residents have until the end of the day Friday, Nov. 28, to participate in an online “virtual” open house. Visit’s the site’s webpage for full information.

Program officials hope to get as much information from residents as possible about future pipeline routes they say will be needed to meet water demands that are expected to double by 2050.

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Planning starts on new water pipeline routes

Hillsboro Tribune (Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:24 | Written by Kathy Fuller)

‘Multi-generational’ project will bring water from Willamette River

A Nov. 20 open house in Hillsboro brought close to 100 citizens to peruse maps and potential pipeline routes for the Willamette Water Supply Project, a decade-long undertaking to bring Willamette River water to Hillsboro and the Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD)

It was the final of six open houses highlighting potential pipeline routes from the Willamette River in Wilsonville to Hillsboro and Beaverton. The project began in 2012 as TVWD and Hillsboro city officials studied potential sources for an additional water supply to meet growing industrial and residential demand. The project is a multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction effort to provide a reliable water supply for the next 100 years.

Hillsboro studied four options, including buying water from Portland; the Tualatin Basin Water Supply Project that would raise Scoggins Dam on Hagg Lake; and a plan to develop ground wells near Scappoose. The mid-Willamette River water source was deemed the most viable option. Hillsboro’s water currently come from the Tualatin River, Hagg Lake and Barney Reservoir in the Coast Range.

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