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The City of Portland, Oregon

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 613, Portland, OR 97204

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Crystal Springs Green Streets and SE 21st Improvements Project (complete)

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Environmental Services worked with Portland Bureau of Transportation to construct five green street planters along SE Tacoma Street between SE 19th and SE 21st avenues and improved SE 21st Avenue between Tacoma and Tenino streets.

On Tacoma Street:

  • Constructed five green street planters between SE 19th and SE 21st avenues to manage stormwater runoff.
  • Installed a new pedestrian crossing at SE 21st Avenue.

On SE 21st Avenue:

  • Installed pervious pavement between Tenino and Tacoma to reduce stormwater runoff.
  • Constructed new sidewalks and curbs.
  • Planted native vegetation protected by a cedar split-rail fence along the east edge of Crystal Springs Creek.

Green streets are vegetated planters that collect stormwater runoff from streets and allow water to soak into the ground as soil and plants filter pollutants. The five new green streets will manage stormwater runoff from about half an acre of street surface and will keep polluted stormwater from flowing into Crystal Springs Creek.

Native vegetation shades the creek to protect water quality and provide food for salmon and other wildlife.

The project complements other Crystal Springs restoration work that benefits native fish and wildlife and improves water quality.

For More Information

Contact Ronda Fast at 503-823-4921. Go to for information about Crystal Springs Creek restoration projects, and get information about green streets at