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Tonight: Community Open House for Stephens Headwaters Projects


Please join BES and Parks staff for a community open house to discuss three stormwater management projects at the Headwaters of Stephens Creek. The event is on Wednesday, November 30th at the Multnomah Arts Center, Room 7. Drop in any time between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Stephens Creek begins near the Stephens Nature Park, and flows mostly above ground to the Willamette River near the Sellwood Bridge. The creek drains a 754-acre watershed and is one of the few remaining streams in Portland that flows mainly on the surface. BES is designing three projects – at the Texas Wetlands Expansion, the Stephens Nature Park and Custer Park – that will help to improve water quality and stream health throughout the Stephens Creek system through in-stream treatment and stormwater detention. Please see for maps and more information about the project. 

Over the years, BES has partnered with other bureaus, neighbors and community groups to improve stream health in Stephens Creek. Over time, the cumulative effect is that the stream provides better habitat for amphibians and insects, encourages native plants to thrive, and provides a cooler and cleaner source of water to the Willamette River system.

We hope you can join us at the Open House on November 30th to discuss the Stephens Headwaters projects, provide input and ask questions.

With questions or for more information, please contact Becky Tillson at 503-823-7097 or


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