A sewage leak into the Willamette River has been discovered near the Hawthorne Bridge.
Inspection crews confirmed Friday that a small amount of sewage is leaking into the river from a storm water outfall on the west side of the river.
Water samples collected near the bridge have occasionally contained slightly elevated e. coli bacteria levels, according to the city's environmental services office. The source of the bacteria was traced to a sewer leaking into a storm pipe that drains into the Willamette near the foot of Southwest Clay Street.
The city is currently assessing how to repair the pipe and stop the leak. In the meantime, people are advised to avoid contact with the water near the outfall pipe.
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