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Saturday’s Salmon Celebration at Westmoreland Park: Pictures and News


Another Stage of Crystal Springs Restoration is Complete

speakers at the Westmoreland Park celebrationA little rain and wind didn’t deter Portlanders from turning out last Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of Westmoreland Park’s pond restoration and nature play areas. Environmental Services worked with Portland Parks & Recreation, the Army Corps of Engineers and many other partners to restore a more natural flow in Crystal Springs Creek through Westmoreland Park.

Now there is a beautiful natural area in place of a concrete duck pond, and already the salmon are coming back. We couldn’t have timed the celebration any better.

coho salmon in Crystal SpringsCoho salmon showed up earlier this month and were present at the party, along with other distinguished guests, including US Representative Earl Blumenauer, Commissioner Nick Fish, Judy BlueHorse Skelton (PSU Professor of Indigenous Studies), Colonel Jose Aguilar (Army Corps of Engineers Portland District Engineer and Commander), Delores Pigsley (Confederated Tribes of Siletz Tribal Chair), John George (Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde Tribal Chair), Carlotta Collette (Metro Counselor), Mike Abbate (Portland Parks & Recreation Director), and Jane Bacchieri (Environmental Services Watershed Services Manager).   

Here's a glimpse of before and after at Westmoreland Park.  In 2012, the concrete-lined creek and pond.  In 2014, the area is transformed to a natural creek and wetlands:

pond before restoration  pond is restored to natural creek and wetlands

The Westmoreland Park restoration is part of the overall effort to restore Crystal Springs Creek, a tributary to Johnson Creek in southeast Portland. So far, seven of the nine culverts blocking fish passage and impacting water quality along Crystal Springs have been removed or replaced. The final two culverts, at SE Bybee Street and SE Glenwood Boulevard will be constructed next summer. A project to manage stormwater from SE Tacoma Street will be constructed next spring to protect water quality in the area.

Learn more about the Crystal Springs projects at

Check out more coverage and great photos from the big event and the salmon spawning:



Check out the Fall 2014 Newsletter for the Portland Brownfield Program

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Get an update on volunteer activities, funding opportunities and current news articles

The Portland Brownfield Program now has an online newsletter and will release a new edition every quarter.  Visit to read the Fall 2014 edition and sign up to receive the newsletter by email.

Volunteers from the Oregon Food Bank collect soil samples. Learn more here.


Before and After: SW Huber Green Street

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The new green street facility in Southwest Portland will help reduce flooding and protect water quality

Environmental Services recently completed construction on a green street facility on SW Huber Street near Quail Post Road to reduce flooding problems and protect water quality in local streams. The storm drain was too small to handle heavy stormwater flow and clogged easily with leaves and other debris. This caused stormwater to pool, flow over the curb and cause flooding problems for downstream property owners. The fast-flowing stormwater also carried pollution from SW Huber Street to Quail and Tryon creeks.

The vegetated green street on SW Huber collects and slows stormwater runoff. Stormwater will flow into the green street and native plants will filter pollutants before it flows to Quail and Tryon creeks.


                                   before                                                                             after

The City of Portland is a recognized leader in green stormwater management. There are 1400-1500 individual green street facilities throughout Portland. Green infrastructure such as green streets keeps stormwater out of the sewer system, filters pollutants, provides habitat and increases neighborhood green space for healthier watersheds. To learn more about various approaches to Sustainable Stormwater Management visit our website.

The Westmoreland Park Grand Reopening and Salmon Celebration is this Saturday, October 25th

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Coho salmon are Spawning in Crystal Springs - and it's Time to Celebrate

The restoration of Crystal Springs Creek through Westmoreland Park and the long-awaited Nature Play Area, are now complete, and on October 25th these projects—and the return of salmon to the city—will be celebrated with a party in the park.

The Celebration will take place from 11a.m. to 4p.m. and will feature a salmon bake, lamprey tasters, tours, native games, a formal speaking program (from 11:30am-12:30), and a wide range of family-friendly activities – including Claudia Chinook, a 29-foot long, 14-foot tall, 2,800-pound educational salmon display.

And who knows, maybe you’ll even catch a glimpse of the two coho spotted in Crystal Springs just downstream of the Park this weekend!  See if you can find them in the attached photo…for more information, take a look at the link from the Johnson Creek Watershed Council here.

Celebrate the Completion of the Division Streetscape Project

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Open Fest! will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 24th

Environmental Services and the Portland Bureau of Transportation started construction on the Division Streetscape Project in May 2013. The work is finished now and it’s time to celebrate.

The Division/Clinton Business Assocation is sponsoring OpenFest! on Friday, October 24. City Commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick will officially re-open SE Division in a ceremony at SE 31st and Division starting at 10 a.m. Following the grand re-opening, several Division merchants will offer in-store specials throughout the day. You can also enjoy food booths and live music until 9 p.m. Check for all the details.

There’s plenty to celebrate. From SE 11th Avenue to SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard, Division is now an attractive main street with increased access to transit, better pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and improved air and water quality.

The corridor has new curb extensions for bus landings, new crosswalks and street lights, improved signalization and new public art. Nearly 5,000 feet of new sewer pipes replaced old sewers in poor condition. New green street planters and street trees keep stormwater runoff out of the new sewers and green up the neighborhood. Come and see the improvements for yourself and enjoy OpenFest! from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 24.