- Associated Press - Friday, July 14, 2017

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland is promoting the river that runs through its downtown as a great place for swimming this summer after years of sewage overflows made its waters too dirty.

Until recently, the city’s green and outdoorsy reputation hasn’t extended to the Willamette River. But with a massive sewage overflow project complete, Portland’s new mayor and civic groups are trying hard to change that mindset.

A pop-up beach, an activist swim group and a swimming event with the mayor are all part of the effort.

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