Adopt a Storm Drain

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews work to keep city drains clear and prevent flooding. With over 58,000 drains in the city, we can’t get to them all. “Adopt” a storm drain near you and help keep them clear of debris. Tips on clearing drains and information about stormwater runoff.

Tips for clearing storm drains

  • Use a rake, shovel, or broom. Don’t use your hands.
  • Wear gloves. Be careful of sharp objects!
  • Wear reflective clothing so people driving can see you. Watch out for traffic!
  • Only clear drains you can reach from the sidewalk. Don’t stand in the street and don’t clear drains that are in the middle of a street.
  • Clear drains before the rain, whenever possible.
  • Clear 10 feet on both approaches to the drain.
  • Watch for standing water to avoid slipping or stepping on sharp objects.
  • Make sure adults are supervising if children are helping.
  • Clear surface debris only. Call PBOT Maintenance Dispatch 24/7 at 503-823-1700 for any emergency hazards or if the drain is still clogged after removing surface debris.
  • Never lift storm drain grates. They are very heavy.
  • Don’t put leaves in the street. Place leaves in a yard debris roll cart for curbside pickup. If you have too many for the cart, simply bag them and place them next to the roll cart for pickup.
  • If snow or ice is blocking the drain, clear a 10-12 inch path along the curb for melting snow and ice to reach the drain.

Thank you for helping keep Portland’s streets clear and safe!

HBBA Pave and Paint Recommendation

In an October 1st statement the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association endorsed Pave and Paint option #2 that would reconfigure Hawthorne west of Cesar Chavez to match Hawthorne east of Cesar Chavez.

See for more details on the project.

HBBA chose to recommend option #2 after multiple PBOT presentations and their stated reasons include safety, traffic flow and parking. You can read HBBA’s official statement about their Pave and Paint choice on their website:

Community Safety & Livability Meeting Tue, November 17, 2020

  • 10-15 Minutes Lucas from HUCIRP –  brief overview of team HUCIRP
  • Further discussion on houseless crisis relief efforts in Sunnyside
  • Assistance we can offer neighboring Laurelhurst NA and Oak Street Camp
  • Action items from the Community First Strategy
  • Propose alliances and assurance from the City of Portland for holistic, fair and humanitarian responses to the community
Tue, November 17, 18:30 – 19:30

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Meeting ID: 836 8491 5370
Passcode: 128522

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Getting to Know Your Neighbors

Ashley Toliver helps organize the weekly kid-centered March for Black Lives that starts at the Sunnyside Environmental School on Tuesday evenings, alongside her friends Chenoa Knight, Jamie Newell, Tiffany Houston, and Destiny Lane. A published poet, she lives with her partner, Joseph Mains, three blocks from the school, where their daughter Djuna (7) is in second grade. (Mains’ son, Ovid, also attends Sunnyside Environmental School and his daughter Onnavah is a sophomore at Franklin High School.) Toliver’s poetry collection, Spectra, won the Oregon Book Award for poetry earlier this year. She also teaches poetry writing workshops at the Attic Institute.

How long have you lived in Sunnyside? We’ve lived in this place for 3 1/2 years. When I first moved to Portland (about 13 years ago now), I lived on SE 32nd and Grant. Then I lived in Northeast Portland. I was so excited when we finally moved back to this neighborhood!

Do you rent or own? Rent. I was not in a position to buy at that time, but I dreamt about it.

What do you love about Sunnyside? One of the things I love most are the gardens. You just walk down any street and people have these absolutely beautiful gardens that seem to be gorgeous all year round!

What’s one thing you would love to see change about Sunnyside? Housing prices. The cost of living is a barrier to entry in this neighborhood. And more people of color, I think, would be phenomenal. It’s hard to have a daughter who is half black and there aren’t a whole lot of people at her school who look like her.

Tell me about the Sunnyside marches.

Typically we have an indigenous group, Awakening Thunder, and they play drums as people are filtering in. They start at 5 p.m. with chalk drawing and sign-making, so kids can show up and do that. A group called Resistance Assistance brings pizza and snacks. At around 5:30 p.m., we have a few speakers, one of which is always a kid. Sometimes they’ll read a poem they wrote, or share lyrics from a song, or speak about an experience.

At our highest, I’d say we had about 1,000 people. That was the first one—pretty close to the murder of George Floyd. But we usually have 100 people or so. After the first one, I don’t think Jamie had any further plans, and I was like, “This is amazing, we should totally keep doing it!” We’ve got escorts—there are ten of them—who do security for us and help block off the streets. They’re volunteers—folks who believe in BLM. We have a medic who is there every Tuesday in case anyone skins her knee. So much beauty has come out of all of this.


Holiday Party/Potluck at December General Meeting

Please join us for an evening of food and conversation at 7 pm on December 12th in the Fireside Room at SE Uplift (3534 SE Main St.). In addition to the fine repast we expect (and you all will bring), Representative Rob Nosse will join us to give an update on legislative priorities for the upcoming year. We hope many of you can make it. Please bring forks. We have plates, cups and spoons but the population of forks at SE Uplift have a habit of wandering off. Thank you.