Oaks Bottom Habitat Enhancement Project
October 31, 2018 Update: The Springwater Corridor Trail is now OPEN.
With construction mostly complete, you can:
What’s left to do
- Native plants will be installed in February 2019
- A viewing platform will be constructed in spring/summer 2019
What has been done
Between July and November 2018, with Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, we:
- Replaced a culvert with a larger passage to improve fish passage and the flow of water between the Willamette River and the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.
- Excavated new channels and improved wetland habitat so young fish, including species listed as threatened or endangered, can use the calmer waters of the wetland to rest and find food.
- Removed invasive vegetation, such as purple loosestrife, and plant native seed within the construction footprint. Remaining plantings will be installed in February 2019.
- Enhance opportunities for environmental education and interpretation of the refuge from the Springwater Trail with an overlook to observe nature. A viewing platform will be constructed in 2019.
BES CONTACT: Ronda Fast, 503-823-4921, Ronda.Fast@portlandoregon.gov
USACE CONTACT: Sarah Bennett, 503-808-4514, Sarah.P.Bennett@usace.army.mil
A detailed overview of the project
An insider look at wildlife at Oaks Bottom