Public Works


Composting is an earth-friendly activity as long as some common sense rules outlined below are followed.  If you choose to compost, the following Best Management Practices should be utilized. For more information about composting, contact your local County Extension Service or the Soil and Water Conservation District, which are listed here.

Storage of Solid Wastes and Food Wastes

Improper storage of food and solid waste at residences can lead not only to water pollution problems, but problems with neighborhood pets and vermin as well.  Following the Best Management Practices listed below can help keep your property a clean and healthy place to live.

Automobile Maintenance

Many of us are “weekend mechanics”.  We enjoy the cost savings of changing our own oil and antifreeze, topping off the battery with water, and generally making our car perform its best.  There are many potentials for stormwater pollution associated with these activities.  However, the following Best Management Practices will help you minimize pollution while servicing your car.

Automobile Washing

Most residents wash their cars in the driveway or on the street.  Washwaters typically flow to a storm drain or ditch, which discharges stormwater directly to the nearest stream, river, lake or waterbody.  Soaps and detergents, even the biodegradable ones, can have immediate and long-term effects on fish and wildlife living in water bodies.  The grime washed off the car also contains a variety of pollutants that can harm fish and wildlife.

Demolition Program

Photo: Demolition

Let’s say you have a building that is no longer usable. You want to get rid of it and build something new.  If it is located in the Urban Renewal District then the Pendleton Development Commission may pay for demolition costs, based on the availability of funds, if you satisfy certain conditions.

Public Works Projects

Recent projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

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Patterson, Bob Public Works Director

Stormwater Pollution Info


Stormwater pollution is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere.  Rainwater and snowmelt run off streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites and pick up dirt, fertilizers, pesticides, oil and grease, and many other pollutants on the way to our rivers, lakes, and streams.  Stormwater runoff is our most common cause of water pollution and one of the most difficult to control.  Stormwater pollution is everyone’s responsibility every day.