Lewis and Clark Fountain

The Lewis and Clark Fountain was installed at the Lewis and Clark Festival Park on April 29, 2016.  Jeff Stewart of The Dalles is the artist.  

Many visonaries worked diligently over the years to assure the completion of the fountain.

Columbia River
paddle wheeler makes a comeback

The 223-passenger American Empress, formerly known as Empress of the North, is back on the Pacific Northwest's Columbia River. The four-deck-high, white-on-white confection is returning to seven-night sailings along the river -- something it last offered in 2008.

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The History of
The Dalles, Oregon

The City of The Dalles, Oregon, is situated in the north-central part of the state on the Columbia River, the nation's second largest river. It is the county seat and the largest community in Wasco County.  The Dalles is one of Oregon's most historical cities and was known earlier in its history as the town at the end of the Oregon Trail.  Archeological evidence suggests the area ...

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Ready to talk about our future?  Complete the 4-minute The Dalles Vision 2040 community survey Nov. 8-Dec. 9 (extended end date):

Click the link to participate   The Dalles Vision Survey 

Ayude a dar forma a La Visión 2040 The Dalles: Complete la Encuesta comunitaria en línea del 8 de noviembre al 9 de diciembre de 2021.

Haga clic en el enlace para participar:   https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LaVisiondeTheDalles2040


What’s Happening?


                                                 Wasco County – Association of Oregon Counties                               


November 3, 2021

Brownfields funding for housing, public health, and urban renewal; seeks additional projects

   The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently provided a $600,000 grant to spur economic development and revitalize underdeveloped parcels in and around The Dalles. The grant went to Wasco County, the City of The Dalles and the Port of The Dalles, and last year those entities formed the Brownfields Revitalization Committee to identify and prioritize parcels for funding.

   The coalition is currently working with several property owners on redevelopment planning and is seeking others, including those with parcels that could benefit from environmental site assessment.

   A “brownfield” is property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by actual or perceived environmental issues. By completing environmental site studies that would aid in overcoming redevelopment challenges, it is possible to transform brownfields from liabilities into assets that will benefit both property owners and the community.

   To date, the coalition has awarded funding aimed at meeting identified community needs. The owners of Last Stop Saloon, Todd Carpenter and Carla McQuade, see the impact of the lack of housing on service workers in The Dalles. With that in mind, they have undertaken the initial steps to redevelop the upper floors of the Last Stop into attainable housing in The Dalles. Working with the coalition, they are undertaking an environmental analysis to understand any barriers to redevelop. They are also using the program to develop a floor plan for the project.

“We desperately need housing in our community, and we need to pull out all the stops to get there,” Carpenter said. “I am grateful for the boost the coalition gave me both to understand development constraints and draw up plans for the space. It is the kind of forward thinking creative thinking we need as a community.”

   In this time of COVID, the funding is also being leveraged by the County to upgrade a space for North Central Public Health. In particular, through the coalition, the County is conducting a Phase I environmental assessment and hazardous materials survey on one of its properties. These assessments are the first steps in leveraging additional cleanup funding from the State of Oregon.

   One common contamination source in older communities is underground tanks used to store fuel, and it came as no surprise that such a tank existed under the old Tony’s Town and Country Building. With the Urban Renewal agency moving forward on redevelopment of the site, they were able to leverage coalition resources to assist in the removal of that tank and assessment of contamination.

   The project is also helping bring new economic life to the area. Dirt Hugger is a home-grown business that makes high quality compost and soil products for the orchard, garden, construction and farming community.  Dirt Hugger recently acquired a property on the west end of The Dalles, which was a former auto-wrecking yard. The funds are helping Dirt Hugger assess and fully redevelop the site.

   “The Brownfield funds are going to help us go through the steps to rehabilitate and get full environmental clearance on a 60 year old wrecking yard site,” said Pierce Louis, founder of Dirt Hugger.

   “Moreover, the Coalition is offering helpful guidance through this technical process. We are excited to restore this land and make it economically and environmentally productive.” 

   If you have a property you’d like to redevelop or understand a bit more, the Coalition would love to help. Please contact the Brownfield Revitalization Coordinator, Jim Schwinof at 541-296-5481, ext 1131 or email brownfield@ci.the-dalles.or.us .                                              

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