October 23rd, 2018
This month the Sandy River Watershed Council has been awarded funding from both the Portland Water Bureau (PWB) and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) for the Sandy-Salmon Floodplain Reconnection Project.
Awards of $125,000 from the PWB Habitat Fund, and $252,020 from OWEB are giving life to this important restoration effort at the Sandy & Salmon River confluence.
The confluence of the Sandy and Salmon Rivers represents one of the largest and most potentially productive restoration opportunities in the Sandy basin. Like much of the Sandy, the confluence floodplain is isolated behind levees built after the record 1964 flood.
Plans for this project include partial removal of the levee and in stream installation of large wood structures that mimic natural log jams. This will reconnect the river with its floodplain and open historic side-channels, which will disperse river energy across the floodplain and provide migratory and rearing habitat for native salmon.
Pending approval of permits and additional funding, project construction will begin in summer 2019. SRWC looks forward to working with the Bureau of Land Management, Clackamas County, Clackamas SWCD, PWB and local residents to reconnect the Sandy-Salmon floodplain and extend the Sandy’s corridor of healthy wild fish habitat.
Written by: SRWC staff