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Project on Tryon Creek will improve connections for people, water and wildlife


Many partners make infrastructure projects even better

Yesterday, City Council accepted a $650,000 Nature in the Neighborhoods grant from Metro to help fund the Boones Ferry Fish, Wildlife and Trail Passage project.

too small old culvert on Tryon CreekThis Environmental Services project will replace the culvert on Tryon Creek under SW Boones Ferry Road (map).  The existing culvert is too small and restricts both fish passage and stream flow.  The culvert is right between two valuable natural areas, Marshall Park and Tryon Creek State Park.  The original project design considered replacing the undersized culvert with a larger, open bottom culvert. 

This grant now helps the city replace the culvert with a bridge instead.  The bridge design improves fish and wildlife passage, and includes a pedestrian trail along the creek that will complete a missing portion of the Hillsdale to Lake Oswego Regional Trail

An Advisory Committee of partner organizations and community groups is providing valuable input on this project.  Environmental Services will begin final design of the project this fall and start construction in 2017. 

watershed health graphicReplacing aging, undersized culverts is one of the actions that will improve grades in Portland’s Watershed Report Cards.  The Boones Ferry project will help improve stream connectivity, habitat, and fish and wildlife scores in the Tryon Creek Watershed, as well as protecting water quality and existing sewer infrastructure. 

Environmental Services is gradually replacing priority culverts around the city to improve water quality, stream flow and habitat connections, especially for endangered salmon.  Recent projects include several culverts on Crystal Springs Creek, Stephens Creek, and at NE 33rd Drive in the Columbia Slough.   

For more information visit our full press release or project page.

Mark your calendars: Salmon Celebration Sept. 27


Join the party to welcome salmon back to the city

child signing salmon pledge poster

The second annual Salmon Celebration is set for Sunday, September 27 in Westmoreland Park to celebrate the restoration of Crystal Springs Creek and the return of wild salmon to the city. The celebration from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. will include park tours, a Native American blessing, music, games and crafts.

This year's Salmon Celebration will be part of the Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood Sunday Parkways, one of five Sunday Parkways events organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Check out the new Sunday Parkways route map for Sept. 27.

Find out more about the next Sunday Parkways event here and on Facebook @PortlandSundayParkways.

fish hats at Sunday Parkways


The Crystal Springs Partnership is organizing the Salmon Celebration with support from Portland Parks & Recreation and Environmental Services. The partnership is a group of community members, organizations, and city representatives who work with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council on restoration in the Crystal Springs watershed. 


Mayor Hales and Commissioner Nick Fish sport their salmon pride at Sunday Parkways


people wearing fish hats at Sunday Parkways

Mayor Charlie Hales and Nancy Hales (in blue) with Environmental Services staff at Sunday Parkways

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the BES booth at the Southeast Sunday Parkways event last weekend!  Visitors included Commissioner Nick Fish, Mayor Charlie Hales and Nancy Hales . It was great fun spreading Portland's salmon love with fish hats, modeled here by Mayor Hales, his wife Nancy and some of the BES team.

Commissioner Nick Fish (second from left) with Environmental Services staff at Sunday Parkways

We'll see you at the next Sunday Parkways: September 27 in the Westmoreland and Sellwood area. The route includes the new Tilikum Crossing Bridge and crosses Crystal Springs creek, home to spawning salmon right in the city.  Stay tuned to the Sunday Parkways News blog or Facebook for more details on that event.

Checking in on Tabor to the River Street Trees

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Since 2008, Environmental Services and Friends of Trees have planted over 1,000 street trees in the Tabor to the River Program area

Each year, Environmental Services and partners at Friends of Trees plant street trees in many Portland neighborhoods. Since 2008, more than 1000 trees have been planted in the Tabor to the River program area. Street trees provide a variety of benefits to residents, including intercepting stormwater, providing habitat, increasing property values, calming traffic, improving aesthetics, and reducing pollution.

This year, we checked in on the first trees we planted in 2008, 2009, and 2010. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the vast majority of trees were alive and healthy. In just 5-7 years, they’ve really grown up!


Paperbark maple in 2009 (left) and 2015 (right)


City Sprite Zelkova in 2011 (left) and 2015 (right)


Frontier elm in 2010 (left) and 2015 (right)

In 2014-2015, Tabor to the River and Friends of Trees planted another 182 trees in the program area, with 93 of those planted as part of the Division Streetscape Project.

Want low-cost street trees of your own? Click here to sign up for Friends of Trees and take part in your community planting event. And click here to learn more about the Environmental Services Tree Program. 

Stream Enhancement Along Ash Creek

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Learn about recent projects in the Fanno Creek watershed that protect pipes and improve habitat and water quality

Environmental Services is working with Portland Parks & Recreation to construct a stream enhancement project in the Ash Creek Natural Area/Taylor’s Woods portion of Dickinson Park. Construction started earlier this month and is expected to be completed by early September.

Map of the Ash Creek Stream Enhancement Project

The key project goal is to protect an exposed sanitary sewer pipe, but we took the opportunity to stabilize the stream channel and improve in-stream habitat at key locations, which will help improve water quality and habitat in South Ash Creek watershed. To learn more about the current condition of the watershed visit our Fanno Creek Watershed Report Card website.

Construction is happening now when creek levels are low to minimize potential impacts to important fish, wildlife and habitat resources as required by state and federal regulations. This fall we will replant native plants in areas disturbed during construction and throughout the Ash Creek Natural Area. 

Exposed sanitary sewer pipe in South Ash Creek (before the project)

Restoration work to protect the pipe and re-establish native vegetation along the stream bank

Grade breaks to protect the sanitary sewer line