On September 21, 2005, Cindy Studebaker and Chad Smith with the Portland ESA Program were doing some field work in southeast Portland when they spotted this 13-inch rainbow trout in Errol Creek near SE Harney Drive. It's just the second time ESA staff has seen a rainbow trout in the creek.
Errol Creek, a tributary of Johnson Creek, and Errol Heights Wetlands have potential as high quality salmon habitat. Portland Parks and Recreation and Environmental Services purchased the wetland and are teaming up with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, the Friends of Errol Heights, and local neighbors to assess and develop restoration opportunities for the area, apply for grants to fund restoration work, and complete restoration projects. This project will restore critical habitat, improve the flow of cool water to Johnson Creek, protect water quality, enhance neighborhood livability, and build partnerships between city bureaus and the public.