Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Vote for Johnson Creek!

Johnson Creek Watershed Council of Portland, Oregon is competing in a national grant competition for a $30,000 grant to support salmon restoration in one of the last remaining above-ground creeks in the Metropolitan Portland area.



It's a grant from River Network and MillerCoors, and the organization receiving the most votes by March 20th will win $30,000.  

Project summary:  
The Johnson Creek Watershed Council and its partners plan to enhance salmon habitat and restore streamside forests at the mouth of Johnson Creek.   To enhance fish habitat, we will construct sixteen engineered log jams throughout a quarter-mile reach of Johnson Creek and place logs and boulders in two areas of exposed bedrock.   At the north end of Milwaukie Riverfront Park, an interpretive overlook and trail are planned for construction.   The overlook will provide information about salmon and other wildlife that use the site and benefit from the project.

Project benefits:  
The project will provide a much-needed refuge for migrating Willamette River salmon just upstream of Portland’s “downtown gauntlet” where dense industrial development and cement sea walls have left few resting areas and little protective cover for fish.    Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists highlight how all the threatened Coho and Chinook salmon and Steelhead trout in the middle and upper Willamette Basin – an area with over 11,000 miles of rivers and streams – pass by the mouth of Johnson Creek, and will benefit from this project.

Johnson Creek is one of the few Portland streams with active runs of threatened Coho, Chinook, and Steelhead.    In December 2010, Coho salmon were seen in upper Johnson Creek east of Gresham, 15 miles from the creek mouth -- much farther upstream than spawning Coho have been documented in recent years.   Our confluence project will benefit Johnson Creek salmon at an exciting and opportune time when we are beginning to see positive results of years of investment in restoring Johnson Creek.

Learn more about Johnson Creek.
Vote Here.

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