2018 Depave for Salmon

Depave for Salmon event

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 below for project area.

Schedule: Oct. 27th, 2018 - Rain garden planting with Depave and 70 volunteers.

Aug. 6th, 2018 - Sept. 24th, 2018: Construction to install rain gardens, bioswales, drywells, and planters in parking lots E and F. Contractors include Otak, Britton Excavating and Grow Construction LLC.

May 18th, 2018 - Kickoff event with Depave. 130 volunteers removed asphalt in parking lots EFGH to get the space ready for summer construction.

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 removed pavement from parking lots EFGH and installed rain gardens to filter polluted stormwater before it flows into the creeks. The rain gardens will treat up to 4 million gallons of polluted rainwater annually. Project design prioritizes minimal parking loss.

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.

Funding: funders include Metro, the City of Gresham, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Spirit Mountain, and DEQ. The Salmon Safe Clean Water project is funded entirely by external grants, bringing approximately $1 million in outside investment to modernize campus drainage originally built in the 1960's.

More Information:

MHCC helping the environment one rain garden at a time

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

Mt Hood Community College Parking lot design