Redirecting the Flow: How Three Nicholas School Alumni are Helping Transform Portland’s Stormwater Management Program

Portland Oregon is a metropolis enmeshed in water. Bordered on the north by the great Columbia River and bisected by the Willamette River, the city provides water-related utilities to more than 600,000 residents—and protects watersheds through which 13 species of threatened or endangered salmonids migrate annually. Add in the Pacific Northwest’s trademark wet winter climate, and proper stormwater management, usually an invisible city service, could not be more critical.

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