Corvallis dumps 37 million gallons of sewage into the Willamette River

Statesman Journal –

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined the city of Corvallis $25,800 for discharging untreated sewage into the Willamette River.

Twice last year, heavy rains overwhelmed the city’s sewage treatment system, located about 40 miles upstream from Salem.

For about 7.5 hours on March 14, 2017, the city sent about 33 million gallons of untreated sewage and stormwater into the Willamette.

Before the overflow, an alarm indicated the overflow was imminent, but city workers disregarded the warning.

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