This project was part of a larger effort of the Lower Columbia Solutions Group to explore sustainable uses of dredge material from the Lower Columbia River. The objective of this project was to examine the potential for transporting sand from the Lower Columbia on barge or rail to Ross Island as part of the reclamation […]
Rice Island is the largest in-water dredge disposal site in the Lower Columbia, and it is quickly approaching capacity. A diverse group of stakeholders are collaborating to prepare Rice Island for the marketing of its sand to commercial markets while continuing to use Rice Island as a dredge disposal site.
The Columbia Nearshore Beneficial Use project, off the South Jetty of the Columbia, is intended to address the depletion of sediments off the mouth of the Columbia through the beneficial use of dredged sediments. The overall objective is to replenish significantly eroded sands in the nearshore area to protect the Columbia River’s South Jetty, fishery […]
Bradwood is an upland dredge disposal site on private property about 10 miles east of Astoria. An Oregon Solutions team worked with the property owner, government agencies, and other stakeholders to reach an agreement on marketing and transporting of existing dredge materials from the site and future use of the site as a depot for […]
The Oregon Garden Foundation, with help from a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, established a Sustainable Plant Research and Outreach Center (SPROut). SPROut is a partnership between the Oregon Garden Foundation, The Institute for Natural Resources, Oregon State University, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and a number of other public and private institutions. […]
The Oregon Solutions team worked with local and regional government agencies, business associations, and nonprofit organizations to create an implementation plan for a premier sustainable multi-use development district within an urban center. The Lloyd Green District vision is to become a lifestyle community of choice for area residents and a showcase of Portland’s leadership in […]
School Districts in Oregon have limited money for capital projects, including major renovations or additions. To deal with fluctuating school enrollment, districts use operating funds to purchase temporary, portable manufactured buildings. These portable classrooms often become permanent structures due to the need for extensive infrastructure investments on-site. Perceived as temporary, these portable classrooms are usually […]
The Oregon Sustainability Board wanted to provide support and guidance for schools and districts as they endeavor to improve ecological performance and save money. Governor Ted Kulongoski asked Secretary of State Bill Bradbury to convene a team of key representatives from public, private, and nonprofit entities to develop a compendium of practices and resources for […]
Oregon Solutions convened eight counties across the state to develop locally-based approaches to reduce the number of Oregon children in foster care by 20 percent by 2011. The project was spurred in part by a grant from the Casey Foundation, with an emphasis on creating alternatives to foster care and addressing equity issues. The counties […]
The Oregon Solutions Animal By-Products project explored economically viable, environmentally benign and socially acceptable options for processing the organic residues of slaughtering offal, other meat-based residues, and on-farm animal mortality into marketable products. The project pursued options that captured by-product value through energy production and nutrient recycling in addition to traditional rendering products.