2018 Depave for Salmon


MHCC Salmon Safe Project Kickoff:

Rain Garden installation in Parking Lots EFGH

Project Information

Location: Parking lots EFGH along Kane Drive on the Mt. Hood Community College Campus. See map for project area.

Schedule: Construction will begin with a volunteer depave work party on Saturday May 19th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, using people power to pull up the first blocks of pavement. To participate, register here Construction will resume in late June and the goal is to conclude by the end of September 2018.

Project Description: Mt. Hood Community College has become the first Salmon Safe certified community college in the nation. Beaver and Kelly Creeks flow through campus before joining the Sandy River and are home to endangered salmon. This project will remove pavement from parking lots EFGH and install rain gardens to filter polluted rainwater before it flows into the creeks. The rain gardens will treat nearly 4 million gallons of polluted rainwater annually. Project design prioritizes minimal parking loss. We are conducting the pavement removal process in collaboration with Depave, a Portland-based nonprofit that promotes the transformation of over-paved places to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement. Funders include Metro, the City of Gresham, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Spirit Mountain, and DEQ. Project cost is estimated to be $866,000. With the completion of this and future projects like it, MHCC becomes a healthy link in restoring endangered salmon populations and a regional leader in sustainability.

More Information

Join us in kicking off this historic transformation with the volunteer depave work party Saturday May 19th from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, Register here.

Project presentations and tours available upon request, contact: sara@sandyriver.org.

Mt Hood Community College Parking lot design