Have You Seen the New Beaver Creek Road Crossing Signs?
What’s that flowing under the road, you say? Why, it’s Beaver Creek and Kelly Creek! Until recently, the 50,000+ vehicles driving down Kane Dr., Stark St. and other nearby thoroughfares each day had no easy way of knowing it. It was a bit of a local secret. Now, thanks to a partnership between the Multnomah County Sign Shop, the Sandy River Watershed Council, and the Integrated Media students at Mt. Hood Community College, these beautiful new signs are posted at major stream crossings in Gresham, Troutdale and the rural County. That’s tens of thousands of potential views a day that were never possible before.
Four students in particular, Vitaliy Artemenko, Nicole Meade, Steven Butler, and Prisma Flores, partnered with the Sandy River Watershed Council on these road crossing signs and other projects: our beautiful logo, and signs for the Salmon Safe Retrofit. Now, thanks to the work of the Integrated Media students, more people will know about Beaver and Kelly Creeks.
You can’t protect what you don’t know
Beaver Creek has come a long way in improved water quality and upstream fish passage for endangered salmon with the installation of rain gardens on the MHCC campus and the replacement of malfunctioning culverts. What the creeks need now more than ever, are people (ie: YOU!) who know and care about them and work towards protecting them through daily choices around transportation, chemicals used at home, even what shampoo you use. You can also join community efforts to restore native plants along the creek to create habitat for fish and wildlife.
And for the students, as Nicole says their legacy lives on: “Even though our time as design students at Mount Hood Community College is over, we have a small lasting impact on the Beaver Creek Watershed.”
Want to help the creeks?
Donate to the Sandy River Watershed Council https://sandyriver.org/donations/donate/
Thanks again to our MHCC Integrated Media Student Designers:
Vitaliy Artemenko : https://www.behance.net/nickart
Nicole Meade: https://nicolemeade.myportfolio.com/work
Prisma Flores https://prismaflores.myportfolio.com/
Roy does a Beaver Creek sign happy dance!