Milwaukie, Oregon based Johnson Creek Watershed Council is an environmental non-profit dedicated to inspire and facilitate community investment in the Johnson Creek Watershed for the protection and enhancement of its natural resources.
Right now they are competing against five other causes for a $30,000 grant to be awarded by the The River Network.
Project summary: The Johnson Creek Watershed Council and its partners plan to enhance salmon habitat and restore streamside forests at the mouth of Johnson Creek. To enhance fish habitat, we will construct sixteen engineered log jams throughout a quarter-mile reach of Johnson Creek and place logs and boulders in two areas of exposed bedrock. At the north end of Milwaukie Riverfront Park, an interpretive overlook and trail are planned for construction. The overlook will provide information about salmon and other wildlife that use the site and benefit from the project.
Project benefits: The project will provide a much-needed refuge for migrating Willamette River salmon just upstream of Portland’s “downtown gauntlet” where dense industrial development and cement sea walls have left few resting areas and little protective cover for fish. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists highlight how all the threatened Coho and Chinook salmon and Steelhead trout in the middle and upper Willamette Basin – an area with over 11,000 miles of rivers and streams – pass by the mouth of Johnson Creek, and will benefit from this project.