Luther Road Habitat Restoration Project
The 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. Environmental Services is designing 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 part of the creek to be relocated.
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 improve the site by removing debris and garbage, creating a trail system and laying the groundwork for a community park.
- 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
The Luther Road project is currently in design. Construction is tentatively scheduled for summer 2014 with planting to follow in 2015. Between now and 2014, Environmental Services will complete the project design, acquire necessary permits and work with neighbors to obtain necessary easements. 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 823-502-7740. Click here 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.