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.
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
Questions or comments should be directed to Mr. Steve Helm, Environmental Resources Branch, telephone (503) 808-4778, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or to the address below.
Mailed comments on the Assessment must be postmarked by November 27th and sent to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineer District, Portland
Attn: CENWP-PM-E/Steve Helm
P.O. Box 2946
Portland, Oregon 97208-2946
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
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.
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
Sandy Sees Large, Hatchery-Dominated Chinook Run:
County Requires Permits for Flood Recovery Work
Mountain Times Flood Coverage:
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:
KGW TV Coverage: