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Portland Parks and Recreation and Leach Garden Friends are beginning a major improvement to the Leach Botanical Gardens in East Portland. This project will make Leach a local treasure and world-class destination, joining other famous Portland gardens like the Japanese Garden, Lan Su Chinese Garden, International Rose Test Garden, and Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden.
Parks Director Mike Abbate read this statement on behalf of Nick:
"I am sorry I could not join you today. Thanks to everyone who has lifted me up as I fight my cancer.
"Leach Botanical Gardens is the crown jewel of East Portland. But even the brightest jewel needs a good polishing. When construction is finished, this will be a world-class botanical garden.
"Today we're taking a giant step forward, building on John and Lilla Leach's enduring legacy. I know that they would be very proud that Leach Botanical Gardens will continue to serve East Portland, as well as visitors from around the world, for generations to come.
"I would like to take a moment to acknowledge all of the champions who made this day possible. They include former Parks Commissioner Charles Jordan, whose famous last-minute change-of-heart preserved this space as a permanent Portland Park. Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Parks Director Mike Abbate have been steadfast and generous in their support. David Porter and the Leach board of directors are model stewards of this community treasure. And to all of the donors, supporters, visitors, and staff - thank you!"
This morning, Nick visited the Portland Water Bureau’s emergency management team at the Emergency Operations Center in SE Portland.
The "Incident Command Team," led by Resource Protection and Planning Director Eddie Campbell with support from Emergency Management Director Jamaal Folsom, has been working long, stressful hours away from their families during the Eagle Creek fire. Nick thanked them for their hard work and dedication.
He also got the latest update on the fire, and the bureau’s coordinated efforts to protect our Bull Run water.
The Water Bureau team works closely with our partners at the US Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry, providing watershed security, mapping, and inter-agency communications support.
You can find the latest updates on the Water Bureau's coordinated efforts on the Eagle Creek fire here.
Nick with the Emergency Management Team
Nick getting a morning fire update from Eddie Campbell
Nick thanking the Emergency Management Team
Salmon are found in almost half of Portland’s 300 miles of streams. And two coho salmon were captured on video spawning in Crystal Springs Creek.
Salmon are fundamental to our region. They are our history – integral to the life and culture of Indigenous people. And they’re our future – a key marker for how we’re treating our environment.
This afternoon, City Council proclaimed September 24th to be Portland’s first annual “Salmon in Our City Day” and declared Crystal Springs Creek to be the first Salmon Sanctuary.
Back in 1998, steelhead in Portland were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Salmon were added the next year. It was our wake-up call, and the City and community partners started working to bring salmon back to our city.
We’ve rolled up our sleeves and replaced culverts to improve fish passage, restored streamside habitat for fish and other native species, and built bioswales to dramatically reduce water pollution.
Our biggest success so far has been the restoration of Crystal Springs Creek. Salmon can now swim the creek’s entire length. The 8-year project was a unique partnership between the Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Parks & Recreation, Bureau of Transportation, and 21 other public and non-profit partners, including the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and the Crystal Springs Partnership.
Today, Council also awarded the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and Crystal Springs Partnership a $5,000 grant to continue their stewardship of the creek.
We have more projects planned, including at Oaks Bottom, Tryon Creek, several creeks in Forest Park, and the Columbia Slough. You can learn more about how Environmental Services is bringing salmon back to Portland here.
Salmon in Our City Day coincides with the 4th Annual Salmon Celebration at Westmoreland Park this Sunday, September 24th. You can find more details about this fun, family-friendly event here.