Hazardous Material Spill Prevention
The CRWP has identified hazardous materials spills as being a high risk factor that could affect drinking water quality in the Clackamas River watershed. Potential spills from commercial and industrial areas, railroad lines, transportation activities along I-205, HWY 26 (crosses North Fork of Deep Creek near junction of HWY 26 and 212), HWY 211 and HWY 212/224, and road bridges crossing the Clackamas River are of particular concern.
The CRWP has been working with Water Environment Services, Clackamas Fire District #1, Clackamas Disaster Management, DEQ, ODOT and EPA and other local first responders to better understand the risk of a hazardous material spill to drinking water, and has been convening annual meetings of the Clackamas Spill Committee to discuss spill prevention and spill response efforts.
As part of these proactive efforts to help our first responders act rapidly and avoid the initial confusion that often accompanies a spill, the CRWP has been developing a GIS-based emergency response plan for the Clackamas River watershed. The purpose of this plan is to:
- Provide the location and intensity of potential contaminant sources
- Identify critical resources to be prioritized for protection in the event of a spill (e.g. surface water intakes and sensitive habitat)
- Outline site-specific spill response strategies, equipment availability, command post locations, first responder bases, and other logistical information
- Identify potential spill response constraints, including seasonal weather patterns and access issues, reach-specific flow velocities, and infrastructure such as narrow roads and bridge loading rates.
Spill Prevention Program
The Clackamas Industrial Area is an area of particular concern. This is because many of the businesses in the industrial area are less than a quarter of a mile away from the Clackamas and due to the fact that there are a large number of stormwater drains as well as four small tributary creeks (Rock, Sieben, Carli, and Cow Creeks) that drain the Industrial Area. These stormdrains outfalls and tributaries enter the river just upstream of four drinking water intake which combined provide drinking water to over 300,000 people in Clackamas and Washington Counties. Therefore when chemicals spill on a property or street, it can travel quickly to the river.
In 2016 the CRWP received a State Revolving Fund Drinking Water Protection Grant to develop outreach materials and technical assistance programs for industrial customers in this area around hazardous material spill prevention. Find out more about this program below.
Want to know more about how spill prevention can help protect our drinking water source? Read the drinking water protection brochure. The CRWP also has free Spill Response signs and Stormdrain makers available for any business in the Clackamas Industrial area.
Facility Site Visits
These free facility site visits will help you identify environmental best practices, assistance with spill response plans, identifying secondary containment options, and to help with applying for cost share program funds for the purchase and installation of secondary containment systems. Facility Inspection Checklist
Free Spill Kits
Does your facility need an extra spill kit? The CRWP is providing facilities in the Clackamas Industrial area with free kits.
Employee/Staff Training power point presentation
Download this 30 minute presentation and give it yourself or have us come do it for you at a staff meeting or safety meeting. Spill Prevention Training
This 16 minute video by Excal Visual shows employees at industrial and industrial-type government facilities the latest Stormwater Pollution Prevention techniques. Good housekeeping, Materials management, Spill prevention. Maintenance, and small spill clean-up are discussed.
This video by Excal Visual is designed to help train non-HAZWOPER employees on dealing with a hazardous material (or hazardous waste) spill, leak or release. What to do if you discover a hazmat release? How to determine if a release requires HAZWOPER-trained responders.
The CRWP is reimbursing business 50% of the cost to purchase and/ or install secondary containment equipment, up to $1,000. Equipment may include spill kits, spill pallets, double walled tanks, repairs to floor drains, installation of shut-off valves, and construction of berms.
If you are not sure if your business is located within the watershed or in the Clackamas Industrial Area, or if you want to learn more about how to receive the free technical and financial assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-723-3510.
Other Spill Prevention Resources
Clackamas County Water Environmental Services Illicit discharge detection and elimination videos – scroll down to the bottom of the page:
Clackamas County’s report sewer or stormwater problems or concerns, such as a sewer spill or illegal dumping to a storm drain. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911. For non-emergency reporting, call 503-742-4567 or go to:
DEQ Hazardous Materials Technical Assistance:
DEQ hazardous waste regulations, annual reporting requirements and technical assistance for businesses and other organizations that produce and manage hazardous waste.
DEQ Stormwater Discharge Permits for construction, industrial activities and municipalities.
DEQ additional information on industrial “1200-Z” stormwater discharge permits http://www.oregon.gov/deq/wq/wqpermits/Pages/Stormwater-Industrial.aspx