The Port of Hood River purchased nine acres of the former Lower Hanel Mill site, located at 3289 Neal Mill Creek Road in Odell (“Site”). The site had been used for wood products processing from the early 1900’s. The site contained a historical log pond, created around 1950 and filled in with wood and rocks in the 1970’s. The Port has with DEQ and Business Oregon through the Oregon Brownfields Development program to determine clean-up activities required to bring the site up to development standards.
The Port and the Hanel Development Corp. underwent multiple environmental and geotechnical studies and minor clean-up activities in 2014 and 2015. The site was given a “No Further Action” determination by the DEQ in December of 2014 as no hazardous material was found on site.
There was 13,000 to 15,000 cubic yards of wood waste in the log pond area that the Port volunteered to remove. This volume of wood waste deposited at such a depth created the conditions for elevated levels of both iron and manganese. The iron levels were below the acceptable DEQ screening levels for aquatic receptors in surface water, but the manganese levels were slightly above those levels. Due to this potential impact on surface waters, the Port moved forward with a removal of the wood waste.
The Port mitigated the wood waste in two phases. During Phase 1 the waste was removed from the pond, and disposed off-site to be re-used as agricultural land amendment. During Phase 2 the pond area was filled and compacted with onsite, graded soils and some imported fill. Plans for the removal and fill project were approved through the Oregon Brownfields Cleanup program.
The Port of Hood River was awarded a grant to fund a portion of the work, through the Oregon Brownfields Cleanup program in partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Environmental Quality and Business Oregon.
For questions or comments, please contact:
Development & Property Manager
Port of Hood River
Phone: (541) 386-1645