From: Amy Kyle, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4561
Media and Interested Parties
Clackamas County Water Environment Services wins bid on West Linn’s Blue Heron property
Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES), on behalf of Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and the Tri-City Service District has been approved by the Federal Bankruptcy Court to purchase the property formerly owned by the Blue Heron Paper Company in West Linn. The Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners, acting in their role as the governing board of the districts approved the $1.75 million purchase price earlier this year.
The purchase of this property includes approximately 39 acres of land and key environmental assets including; a valuable outfall into the Willamette River, easements and existing environmental infrastructure. The districts will use the sites outfall to meet the challenges of increasingly stringent rules regulating heat discharges into the Willamette River.
“This is a success for both CCSD #1 and Tri-City. It will allow the two districts to meet environmental regulations, provide capacity for economic growth, while maintaining the region’s lowest wastewater rates for residential and business customers,” said Director Mike Kuenzi.
Formal closing of the purchase is scheduled for June 16. WES is in continued discussions with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the City of West Linn regarding the future of the site. The Districts and the City have committed to an extensive community engagement process to discuss potential future uses for this site.