$640M federal loan awarded for Willamette Water project

August 20, 2019

Money to Tualatin Valley Water District and Hillsboro accounts for about half of the $1.2B price tag. A federal loan of $640 million will enable the Tualatin Valley Water District and several Washington County cities to draw water from the Willamette River. The announcement this week by the Environmental Protect Agency will allow the Willamette…

Chicken Creek project to create Tualatin River wetland

August 20, 2019

Work at the National Wildlife Refuge is focused on restoring the creek to its original shape. The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is starting a yearlong project to re-create the original curvature of Chicken Creek. The creek, which naturally flowed into the Tualatin River, was constructed into a single straight line a century ago for…

Hillsboro looks at water rate increases for 2020

August 20, 2019

Cornelius water customers would see their rates hiked nearly 10%. Most of Hillsboro’s rates would go up less. For the third time in four years, the City of Hillsboro is looking at raising water rates for customers in the city, as well as Cornelius, Gaston and Laurelwood. The city’s utilities commission plans to consider the…

New head of Joint Water Commission hired

July 18, 2019

Longtime city employee Niki Iverson will take over JWC as well as Hillsboro Water Department. HillsboroTribune Geoff Pursinger Tuesday, July 16, 2019 The city of Hillsboro has hired a new head to the regional joint water agency responsible for providing water to a large swath of Washington County. Niki Iverson has been named the city’s new…

Plans on track for Hillsboro’s new water source

February 20, 2019

Hillsboro Tribune, Olivia Singer Tuesday, February 19, 2019 There are seven years left in the development of the Willamette Water Supply Program. Roughly halfway through a massive $1.2 billion project creating an additional water source for cities across Washington County, including Hillsboro, officials say it’s still on track to go live in 2026, and the next…

Hillsboro State of the City a celebration of accomplishments

January 30, 2019

Mayor Steve Callaway’s annual state of the city looks back on the year that was, and the future of Hillsboro The president’s annual State of the Union address is often seen as a formal, serious affair, but in the Hillsboro Civic Center on Tuesday night, surrounding by bicyclists, plenty of jokes and a parody video…

Hillsboro approves higher water rates

December 18, 2018

Pamplin Media Group (December 14, 2018) “The proposed 2019 water rate adjustments varied by customer class in order to ensure each class is paying their fair share based on how customers use the City’s water system and how much water they use,” Water rates will rise by up to 20 percent for some of Hillsboro’s…

Powerful ecological enhancement amid rapid urbanization

December 17, 2018

Tree for All (December 2018) For years, partners have been preparing to transform this reach of Chicken Creek. In 1996, thanks in part to the grassroots support of Friends of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, the US Fish & Wildlife Service purchased the surrounding land and initiated restoration efforts. In 2009, a half-mile upstream from…

Collaboration leads to water savings

November 29, 2018

By: Norm Eder,   November 19, 2018 WIFIA funding will save ratepayers about $383 million in borrowing costs for the new water system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced last week that Tualatin Valley Water District (TVWD) and the City of Hillsboro are eligible to apply for $616.6 million in federal loan support for the Willamette…

Oregon Delegation Announces Major Water Infrastructure Loan for Tualatin Valley Water District and City of Hillsboro

November 6, 2018

November 2, 2018 PORTLAND, OR – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, with Representatives Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer, and Kurt Schrader, today announced that a massive $616.6 million loan, made possible through special federal funding from the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA), will be made available to the Tualatin Valley Water…