The warmer and drier weather means our StreamCare crew is back on the banks doing weed control and the outreach team is out visiting folks along Big Creek, Pounder Creek, and Beaver Creek to answer questions about the StreamCare program and East Multnomah SWCD.
We've been working in Johnson Creek and Beaver Creek for the last four years. During that time we've worked with 82 landowners in the area. With their permission, our hard-working crews have removed 159 acres of invasive weeds and replaced them with 95,000 native trees and shrubs. Over the next few years, these plants will stabilize the banks of the creek and create a natural area for birds and other wildlife.
Projects along these streams are now entering the maintenance phase, and we are moving on to tackle the next stretch of creek.
"Along Beavercreek, on the north side of our pastures, the invasive weeds are cleared and new plants take root to shade and cool the stream and stabilize the banks. A big thank you to the Lucas, Julie and the staff at EMSWCD who quickly and efficiently began the restoration of our creekside, a job we've never been able to accomplish alone. It hasn't cost us a cent, and they will work with us until things can stand on their own. We hope our neighbors who share stewardship with this and other streams will accept the caring, helping and strong hands these folks extend."
- Nicki & Bill Meyers
This year we are continuing to focus on new stretches of Beaver Creek while also adding Big Creek and Pounder Creek. Landowners in the eligible areas of these steams that sign up for StreamCare will receive the same benefits and services:
- Free weed control and maintenance along the stream for 5 years
- Increased shade along the creek
- Reduced risk of erosion and flooding
- Increased property value
- EMSWCD will pay for permits, labor, plants, materials, and maintenance.
If you live in one of the zones below and have a stream on your property, you'll probably be hearing from us soon!
Orange: Continuing work
Green: New work
Please note this map is only for reference. Contact us to find out if your property is in our target areaView StreamCare watersheds in a larger map.