Last week salmon safe construction began in parking lots E and F at Mt. Hood Community College. This includes construction of a large rain garden and bioswales to improve water quality in nearby Beaver Creek.
Construction will be completed by the first day of the fall term, with positive impacts lasting well into the future.
By filtering runoff through plants and soil in the rain garden and bioswales, this first phase of the Salmon Safe retrofit project will clean about 1.6 million gallons per year.
Off to a Good Start
Our new project manager, Kara, has been working closely with our contractors from Britton Excavating and Grow Construction. At the end of week one, everything is on schedule.
See the photos below of last weeks excavation progress.
Supported by Volunteers
When this project kicked off back in May, over 130 volunteers came out to help us remove some pavement in these parking lots. De-paved parking areas around large trees, completed in May, will filter an additional 340,000 gallons per year. You can help us put the finishing touches on this project too. Join us and Depave on October 27th to plant these rain gardens and bioswales.
Supported by our Partners
The Salmon Safe Clean Water project is a collaborative effort between MHCC, the Sandy River Watershed Council and a range of regional partners including East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Metro, City of Gresham, Spirit Mountain Community Fund, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.
Read more about the MHCC Salmon Safe Projects on our projects page.