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. The city and Corps will work on a partnership agreement and develop final project design. Construction funding depends on congressional reauthorization of Water Resources Development Act (WRDA).
Project fact sheet
Integrated Feasibility Study and Environmental Assessment