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Measuring and reporting on our rivers and streams


Portland's new Watershed Report Cards are available online

Sure, the Willamette River is Portland’s front yard, centerpiece and working harbor.  But did you know, Portland has about 300 total miles of rivers and streams in the city?

Have you ever wondered about water quality in the river, conditions along Johnson Creek, or the health of fish populations in Tryon Creek?

coho salmonCheck out the new Watershed Report Cards!

This is a new tool we have to report on the current conditions of our streams, the Willamette River, and our watersheds. 

Watershed report cards are used by many communities, like the Chesapeake Bay region, Puget Sound, and Toronto, Canada, to help people understand what’s going on in the environment.

Environmental Services is working for clean rivers and healthy watersheds.  Many other city bureaus, community partners, and regional organizations are part of the effort, too.  Even your individual actions, like planting a tree or reducing pesticides in your yard, make a difference.

The report cards will help us track changes in local water quality, habitat and salmon populations over time.  They will also help show where everyone’s efforts can make a difference.

Explore your watershed graphicLearn more about the Watershed Report Cards here.

Check out Urban Watersheds 101 for information about the challenges facing our watersheds.

Explore Portland's Watersheds with our new interactive map. 

What is a watershed, and where can I find one?


watershed health graphicTomorrow is the launch of the new Portland Watershed Report Cards. 

What’s a watershed, you say?

Check out this great video, What is a Watershed


Although the video is not from Portland, everyone in Portland does live in a watershed. Rain that falls in Portland flows to local streams, like Johnson Creek, Fanno Creek, or the Columbia Slough. 

Stay tuned tomorrow for the new Report Cards about the conditions in our watersheds, and new ways to explore Environmental Services’ projects and programs for clean rivers and healthy watersheds.

Spokane Street Neighbors Continue to Look After Crystal Springs

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The group installed hundreds of native plants along the stream banks as part of the International Day of Action for Rivers.

Thanks to support from the Environmental Services Native Plant Mini Grant, the Spokane Street Neighbors and local volunteers planted 350 plants and shrubs, and 12 trees along Crystal Springs, a Johnson Creek tributary. The planting included a variety of native wildflowers: bleeding heart, trillium, and foam-flower. Native shrubs planted included sword ferns, salal, spirea, Indian plum, red-flowering currant, salmonberry, mock-orange, red-osier dogwood and Nootka rose. Trees planted were red elderberry, vine maple, red cedar, Douglas fir, and one tall shore pine on the east side of the creek. 

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council Support donated bare-root seedlings for planting that were left over from the Johnson Creek Watershed Wide Event. A neighbor donated some Nootka rose and vine maple from his yard, as well as fresh red-osier dogwood branch cuttings that were planted at the toe of the bank.

In 1996, neighbors and Environmental Services organized a restoration project along Crystal Springs to remove deteriorating concrete walls and install native plants, shrubs and trees. To continue this work, the Spokane Street neighbors partnered with the Boy Scouts, the Environmental Services Watershed Revegetation Team, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Sellwood Middle School, Save Our Wild Salmon, and many volunteers to weed the site, pick up litter, replant and install beaver protection fencing. 

The Spokane Street Neighbors planting event was also registered as part of the International Day of Action for Rivers and was recently highlighted in the Sellwood Bee.

Portland Wins Award for Crystal Springs Restoration


Westmoreland Park gets national recognition

Restored stream at Westmoreland Park  City staff with award

We’re happy to share that Portland’s restoration of Crystal Springs Creek won recognition from the American Planning Association (APA) at their National Planning Conference, happening this week in Seattle.

The APA is a professional institute for planners that includes 47 chapters around the country.  This award is for Excellence in Sustainability: Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Open Space. 

One of the highlights of the Crystal Springs effort is the Westmoreland Park project.  This award is a testament to the exciting work that Portland Parks & Recreation, Environmental Services, and many community partners and other agencies are doing to weave nature into our neighborhoods, restore historic salmon habitat right in the city, and update our parks at the same time.  We’re looking forward to continued work as part of the Crystal Springs Partnership to keep the momentum going.

Read more about the other award-winning projects here:

And learn about the APA at

Photos: Westmoreland Park after restoration (left).  Brent Horner from Portland Parks & Recreation and Marie Walkiewicz from Environmental Services accepted the award at the APA conference.


Join Environmental Services for the Southwest Watersheds Open House

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Learn about watershed plans and projects on Wednesday, April 22nd at the Multnomah Arts Center

You’re Invited to the Southwest Watersheds Open House, where you can learn more about watershed projects from City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services staff. The Open House is hosted by Southwest Neighborhoods Incorporated (SWNI) and will be held at the Multnomah Arts Center. Environmental Services has been working regularly with SWNI and the southwest community since 2001 to develop watershed plans and projects to improve water quality, address public interests, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, improve infrastructure, and restore watershed functions.

SW Watersheds Open House

Where: Multnomah Arts Center, Room 29, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Learn more about all of Portland’s watersheds on the web at