1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204
Updated November 20, 2020
Environmental Services, your sewer and stormwater utility, has finished construction on a project to expand the Texas Wetland near SW Texas Street and 25th Avenue. The project, at the headwaters of Stephens Creek, includes a new stream bed, a wetland, and native plantings. The site will help to clean and filter stormwater runoff before it flows into Stephens Creek.
The project also includes a reconfiguration of the current trail through the Texas Wetland, and provides a connection from SW Texas Street to a new pedestrian trail to the east. This will help provide pedestrian connectivity from neighborhoods near SW Texas to SW Capitol Hill Road, Hillsdale, and beyond.
Stephens Creek runs from its headwaters near Hillsdale to the Willamette River just north of the Sellwood Bridge. It is unique in Portland in that it runs largely above ground. Smaller tributaries and springs feed the stream, in addition to stormwater runoff. Based on an understanding of southwest Portland’s unique geology, hydrology, and geography, Environmental Services is working with partners to improve and restore watershed health in Stephens Creek. A healthy watershed provides habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife and delivers cold, clean water to the Willamette River.
For more information about Stephens Creek, got to: www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/stephenscreek.
With questions, comments or for more information, contact Joe Tursi at Joe.Tursi@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-5753.