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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish
Restoring habitat - July 10, 2014

Crews began construction on the Luther Road Habitat Restoration Project along Johnson Creek last week.

 

The Bureau of Environmental Services is proud to partner with Metro and the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District to complete the project, which will not only protect our sewer infrastructure, it will also give us the opportunity to improve the natural habitat.

 

A 76-inch sewer pipe crosses Johnson Creek near the Springwater Corridor Trail. Unfortunately, due to erosion in the creek bed and banks, part of the pipe has become exposed – and is in danger of failing or blocking fish passage. If the pipe were to break, sewage would release into the river, threatening both public health and our local wildlife.

 

Crews will repair and bury the pipe, ensure it is stable, and then begin restoration along the creek. We’ll create a new stable stream crossing, and actually move the creek and its floodplain to a safer location!  

 

The 2,000 feet of new stream channel and 5 acres of new floodplain will improve the creek’s water quality and strengthen the habitat for endangered salmon, trout, and other native species. 

 

The 10-acre piece of land will eventually be home to a 6-acre natural area and a 4-acre park!

 

Check out BES’ website for more information.