Community Gathers around Restorative Flood Response

The Council’s Restorative Flood Response project gathered 30 Sandy basin community members from flood-impacted neighborhoods to seek multi-landowner approaches that improve habitat while reducing risk for homeowners and infrastructure. Experts shared ideas about natural forces at work in the dynamic, glacially fed Sandy, what fish need, and protective riverbank actions that are fish friendly. Participants discussed problems they face, and considered potential steps groups of residents could take together.

Presentations from the workshop are available here:

Next steps in the Restorative Flood Response project include field visits by Sandy River Basin Watershed Council and river experts to affected neighborhoods, a second community session at the April 7 Sandy River Restoration Expo, and further community discussion of integrated habitat restoration projects that address local concerns about future high water events.
The Council will deliver a report to the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, which funded the Restorative Flood Response project as a technical assistance grant, in late 2012. The report will review problems identified in community discussions, potential integrated streambank and floodplain habitat solutions, and potential steps toward implementation.
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