Older Council News – 2011

December 2011

Bull Run Decision Supports Ecosystem Services (Oregonian op-ed)

Clackamas County Flood Forum ‘Hits a few Snags’ (Mountain Times)

November 2011

Portland Gets Waiver for Bull Run UV Filtration (Oregonian)

Agencies to Remove Sandy Delta Dam (Oregonian)

‘Flood Worries Rising’ (Sandy Post)

Flood Response Community Meeting Saturday November 19

Clackamas County is hosting a community dialog on actions following the January 2011
flood and in anticipation of future high water events. The meeting is at The Resort at the Mountain in Welches.
For more information, please see the Clackamas County meeting notice.

Comments on Sandy Delta Dam Removal Due November 27

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released an Environmental Assessment of impacts from removing the 1935
Sandy Delta dam that diverted the original main channel to its present course. The assessment recommends complete removal
of the dam, combining Corps with Portland Water Bureau action. The recommended alternative would require removal of the entire 750 foot
dam structure, excavation of a 7,350 foot pilot channel and 22 acres of native revegetation to achieve maximum restoration
of the Sandy River’s East Channel. To comment, please see the attached Environmental Assessment
and Notice.

Questions or comments should be directed to Mr. Steve Helm, Environmental Resources Branch, telephone (503) 808-4778, steve.r.helm@usace.army.mil,
or to the address below.

Mailed comments on the Assessment must be postmarked by November 27th and sent to:

District Engineer

U.S. Army Corps of Engineer District, Portland

Attn: CENWP-PM-E/Steve Helm

P.O. Box 2946

Portland, Oregon 97208-2946

October 2011

Video from Bureau of Land Management/U.S. Forest Service work day at Marmot Dam

Wild Fish Study Documents Beaver Creek Diversity

The Wild Fish Conservancy documented wild coho, steelhead, and chum salmon among 12 native and 4 non-native fish found in two recent surveys, in which 88 percent of sampled fish were natves. The report, Fish Species Composition, Distribution, and Biotic Integrity in Beaver Creek, found that “despite extensive intact riparian corridors and numerous beaver dams that create and maintain excellent salmonid rearing habitat (Pollock et al 2004), salmon and trout populations in Beaver Creek are likely reduced relative to their historic abundance. Continued habitat restoration efforts, including improved fish passage at road crossings and efforts to address degraded water quality and hydrology, would likely improve their status.” The full report is available from Multnomah County’s Water Quality Program

Peaking Power Plant Proposed at Troutdale

Private investors have proposed building a pair of gas-fired peaking power plants at the Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park, the former site of Reynolds Aluminum at the mouth of the Sandy now owned by the Port of Portland.

Troutdale gas plant proposal raises questions (Sustainable Business Oregon 10/27/11)


Sandy Landowners Brace for Winter (Oregonian article)

September 2011

Salmon Tributary protected

Salmon River Sidechannel Gets Makeover, New Culverts

Forest Service Trying to Keep Mt. Hood Fire out of Bull Run

Forest Service Dollar Lake Fire info site

August 2011

Volunteers help restore Marmot Dam site

The Council received a Governor’s Fund for
the Environment award from Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber. The award comes with a $50,000 grant to explore restoration opportunities in the Middle Sandy River, the area between the Salmon River confluence and the former Marmot Dam site. Council Chair Steve Rayne accepted the award at an August 25 ceremony with Kitzhaber, and directors of the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation, regional office of U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Attorney’s
Portland office.






Watershed Picnic 8/29 at Dodge Park


July 2011

Sandy Sees Large, Hatchery-Dominated Chinook Run:

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Article

KNDU Article

Hawkweed Spotted on Lolo Pass


June 2011

Sandy Restoration Expo Discovers Orange Hawkweed Outbreak

State of Beaver Creek 2011

May 2011

It’s everyone’s job to keep invaders at bay (Sandy Post)

Army Corps seeks comment on post-flood streambank standards- Comments Due June 6

April 2011

Sandy River Restoration Expo a Success


Council reccomments ‘No Action’ on Timberline Bike Park proposal

Groups Sue to Stop Sandy Hatchery Releases



February 2011

After the Flood:

County Requires Permits for Flood Recovery Work

Mountain Times Flood Coverage:

River Roars Over Lolo Pass

Anatomy of the Flood

Can You Hear Me Now? (editorial)

January 2011

Storm Pushes Upper Sandy Off the Charts, Over Banks


A rain on snow event that poured 6-8 inches of rain into the upper Sandy River Basin late Sunday and early Monday January 16-17 sent the river over its banks along the Lolo Pass Road. The flood destroyed or damaged houses, caused a sewage spill from a Welches subdivision, tore up a section of the road and undermined a bridge, stranded residents above the road blowout, and piled up debris at the I-84 bridge downstream.

Extensive coverage from local media included the following:

Video by Zigzag River resident Mary Ellen Fitzgerald

Sandy Post

January 14: Rising river forces families to flee

January 17: Flooding washes away 3 homes, road

January 19: Couple wards off raging river at Timberline Ridge

Oregonian Coverage:

January 17: ‘Rampaging River…’ (includes video and photos)

January 18: Conditions just right for havoc (includes locator map)

January 18: Clackamas County declares emergency

January 19: Flood caused sewage spill at Welches subdivision


Jan 19: Cut-off but coping

KGW TV Coverage:

Floodwaters tear through

Logs Jam Sandy River Near Troutdale

KOIN Coverage:

Houses evacuated…

Jan 19: Flood Debris piles up at I-84 bridge

OPB Radio:

Crews working to repair Lolo Pass Road

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