Wastewater Key Part Of Hood River Capital Improvement Planning

The City of Hood River is working on a 20-year capital improvement plan to deal with renovation and repair of municipal infrastructure.  Most notable is work to plan for wastewater system improvements.  City Manager Steve Wheeler says they have to deal with both the plant and collection systems.  Perhaps the most pressing need is to build a new outfall from the wastewater treatment plant into the Columbia River.  When the storms of 2006 sent debris down the Hood River to its mouth into the Columbia, it changed the flowage pattern and made the current outfall obsolete.  Wheeler adds the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the federal Environmental Protection Agency both are beginning to pressure the City to do the project.  Wheeler estimates the project will cost a little over two million dollars.

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