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Luther Road Habitat Restoration Project

Luther Road Project mapThe 2001 Johnson Creek Restoration Plan identifies the Luther Road project as a priority due to untreated stormwater outfalls, the exposed Lents Interceptor Sewer and habitat improvement opportunities. Construction began in July 2014 on a project that will protect public health, restore a portion of Johnson Creek and its floodplain, improve stream habitat and water quality, protect natural areas and create a needed community resource.

Protecting Public Health

The 76-inch diameter Lents Interceptor Sewer crosses Johnson Creek at the project site. Erosion in the creek bed and banks has exposed a portion of the sewer pipe and a nearby manhole, increasing the possibility of pipe damage and blocking fish passage. A break in the pipe would release a significant amount of sewage and threaten public health and wildlife, including sensitive, threatened and endangered species.

Restoring Johnson Creek

This project will bury the sewer pipe crossing in Johnson Creek to stabilize it, establish a new stable stream crossing, and move the creek and its floodplain away from adjacent private property. Environmental Services addressed a similar issue in 2006 at Tideman Johnson Park where another portion of the Lents Interceptor was exposed in Johnson Creek. The difference between these two projects is that the availability of undeveloped land in the Luther Road project area allows Environmental Services to relocate part of the creek.

Luther Road Project drawing

Protecting Natural Areas

The project is a partnership between Environmental Services, Metro* and the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District (NCPRD). The project site comprises 10 acres of open space that the three agencies purchased in 2009. Six acres will remain natural area. The NCPRD will convert four acres into a park. The site is adjacent to the Springwater Corridor Trail and Johnson Creek near SE 72nd Avenue and Luther Road in Clackamas County.

Creating a Community Resource

The project site has been in a state of disuse for many years, attracting transient activity and creating unsafe conditions. The Luther Road project will remove debris and garbage, create a trail system and lay the groundwork for a community park.

Project Details

  • Relocate and restore 2,000 feet of creek channel and floodplain
  • Bury the Lents Interceptor Sewer crossing and manhole to protect them
  • Create and improve habitat for fish and wildlife including those listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act
  • Establish open space for habitat and recreation purposes

Project Schedule

Construction began in July 2014. The site will be planted in 2015. NCPRD plans to create a community park on the site in the future.

For More Information

For questions about the Luther Road Habitat Restoration Project, call 823-502-5781. Contact the project staff to sign up to receive project updates.

* Metro's share of the property purchase came from the natural areas bond measure voters approved in 2006.