Aquafornia news Associated Press

Portland cleans dirty river, invites residents to take a dip

For decades, [Portland] residents have been repulsed by the idea of swimming in the Willamette River because of weekly sewage overflows that created a bacterial stew. Now, the recent completion of a $1.4 billion sewage pipe has flushed those worries – and the river once shunned by swimmers is enjoying a rapid renaissance.

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