Bull Run and Portland’s water supply


In 1885, the city of Portland determined that it needed a new water system. The Bull Run River was selected, and a gravity-flow system to pipe water from the Bull Run to Portland opened in 1895. The entire watershed of the Bull Run River was established as a federally-protected forest reserve in 1892. Consequently, the watershed is closed to the public, and few people are able to visit in person.

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