Neighborhood Stream Restoration
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Waterfall at Fernhill Wetland. Photo credit: Ken Reiner.
Get to know our neighborhood waterways:
Our nearby creeks and streams
The urban areas of Washington County are home to many creeks and streams, all of which eventually lead to the Tualatin River. You may know the names of some of the bigger creeks, like Fanno Creek, Rock Creek, or McKay Creek. These creeks are fed by countless smaller waterwaysStreams, creeks, or rivers. that snake through our neighborhoods, some of which may not even have official names!
Human activity has greatly degraded the health of these waterways, which in turn affects the overall health of our communities and watershed.
Neighborhood stream restoration projects
We coordinate and fund neighborhood-scale stream restoration projects to enhance wildlife habitat and improve water quality along urban waterways. Reestablishing native trees and shrubs along urban waterways has many ecological benefits, including creating wildlife habitat, filtering rainwater runoffThe flow of excess rain running over a surface., and providing shade to keep water cool and healthy.
These multi-year projects rely on voluntary participation from landowners and neighborhood groups with streamside properties. For properties enrolled in these projects, we provide planning services, weed control, native tree and shrub plantings, and project monitoring and maintenance. If you have a property located within one of our project areas, you can expect to receive notices in the mail informing you of ongoing restoration work and opportunities to get involved.