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Crews clean storm water before releasing it into Willamette River

Public Works Crews opened up the Polk Street Vault at Maurie Jacobs Park to remove dirt, leaves, oil and grease from the water.

Posted: Jun 9, 2018 11:16 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A vault that collects hundreds of acres of storm water in Eugene was cleaned out on Friday. It's to help ensure clean water is returned to the Willamette River.

Public Works Crews opened up the Polk Street Vault at Maurie Jacobs Park to remove dirt, leaves, oil and grease from the water. 

The vault collects storm water from about 770 acres in Eugene.

"We've had this in the ground now for about 10 years...we're collecting 25 tons of debris annually," said Brian Richardson, Public Affairs Manager with Eugene Public Works. 

He said the city's storm water user fee pays for this service, which they do three to four times a year.

Richardson said because they collect a lot of trash, including needles, they'll take everything they find there straight to the landfill.

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