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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

fax: 503-823-3596

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Wilkes Creek Headwaters

Wilkes Creek Headwaters in Northeast Portland used to be farm land. Now, City Crews are restoring the green space as a natural area!  The creek’s springs feed into the only free-flowing stream in the city that enters the Columbia Slough watershed. 

This summer, the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) removed a culvert at the site, which was interfering with stream flow and wildlife movement. They replaced it in an innovative way - with a recycled railroad bridge.  Now, the spring water flows directly into Wilkes Creek! 

The Bureau of Environmental Services and Portland Parks & Recreation are working hard to restore Wilkes Creek Headwaters’ ecosystem. City crews are removing invasive plants and restoring native vegetation. 

Eventually, the City will complete a master plan for the area, and open Wilkes Creek Headwaters to the public. Learn more about the Wilkes Creek Headwaters project on BES’ website.