1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204
Salmon and other fish once thrived in the lower Willamette River basin with its broad areas of shallow water and beach habitat, emergent wetlands, riparian forests, and adjacent upland forests. Over the years, fish habitat has suffered from the impacts of urban development. Fish and wildlife populations have declined dramatically, especially those protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The Portland District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Portland have proposed working together on projects at five Portland sites in the lower river basin that will benefit native fish and wildlife. The $30.4-million proposal would improve 74 acres of riparian, wetland, and backwater habitat.
The Corps’ Civil Works Review Board unanimously approved the proposed projects at a meeting in Washington, D.C. in July 2015. At the urging of Oregon’s federal delegation, Congress included the Willamette River projects in the reauthorization of the Water Resources Development Act, setting the stage for Congressional action to fund the restoration projects. The city and Corps will work on a partnership agreement and develop final project design in anticipation of funding.
Project fact sheet
Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment