Current In-Stream Restoration Projects
“J” Creek Side Channel
In summer of 2023, CRCB will construct the “J” Creek Side Channel Reconnection project along the Clackamas River. The project will involve restoring a historic side channel and its riparian habitat off Clackamas River Drive downriver from Carver Park. This side channel will create vital habitat for fish and wildlife.
Status: Construction occurring in 2023
South Fork Clackamas River
In summer of 2023, CRCB and partners from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Oregon Fish and Wildlife and Portland General Electric will create spawning and rearing habitat for threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead using tipped fire-killed tree at the South Fork Clackamas – Clackamas River confluence.
Status: Construction occurring in 2023
Little Eagle Creek
Spearheaded by CRBC Board Member Dave Bugni, a 50-year old culvert was removed and replaced, satisfying the Oregon Private Forest Accord and opening up 4 miles of stream habitat for migratory fish.
Status: Construction completed in 2022
In summer of 2022, the Clackamas River Basin Council completed the Sieben Riverbend Side Channel Enhancement project along the Clackamas River. The project involved restoring a historic side channel and its riparian habitat at the confluence of Sieben Creek with the Clackamas River. This side channel will create vital habitat for fish and wildlife.
Status: Construction finished in summer 2022, planting in 2022 and 2023, monitoring ongoing.
At Milo McIver State Park at the Kingfisher Campground, the Clackamas River Basin Council reconnected an historic side channel off the main-stem of the Clackamas River. This side channel will provide year-round habitat for juvenile threatened and endangered fish and other wildlife.
Status: Construction completed in 2021, planting completed in 2022, monitoring ongoing.
At Bonnie Lure State Park near Estacada, the Clackamas River Basin Council staged over 150 logs on Eagle Creek’s side channels to improve habitat conditions for Coho salmon, spring and fall Chinook salmon and pacific lamprey.
Status: Construction completed in 2020, planting completed in 2022, monitoring ongoing.
Current Revegetation Projects
Shade Our Streams
With funding from a Water Environment Services RiverHealth Stewardship grant, the Clackamas River Basin Council is restoring six acres of riparian habitat at two new sites in 2022-23.
Status: Invasive species treatment completed in fall 2022, planting occurring in winter 2022. Maintenance ongoing.
Partners Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District, Clackamas River Basin Council, Pudding River Watershed Council & OSU Extension Service will work with landowners whose properties, impacted by the 2020 Riverside or Beachie Creek Wildfire, are priorities for recovery to restore native vegetation to riparian and upland
Status: Planting occurring in winter, 2023.
Ongoing Stewardship and Outreach Programs
High School Ed.
The Clackamas River Basin Council is excited to announce the Clackamas360 Virtual Watershed Tour – a custom watershed health education program now using virtual reality Oculus Go headsets in the classroom.
Status: Classroom and field trip experiences ongoing
Stash the Trash
Each summer Memorial Day through Labor Day we place 6,000 Stash the Trash bags at some of our favorite launch sites so that you can be part of the solution to keeping our river clean.
Bags stocked at Milo McIver, Barton, Carver, Riverside, High Rocks and Cross Parks. Bags are also placed at 3 locations only accessible by boat.
Parting with Pesticides
We all need to work together to ensure the health of our watershed by using chemicals wisely and sparingly. Pesticides have been found in water samples collected from the Clackamas River and its tributaries.
Urban Water Quality Sampling
The Clackamas River Basin Council and our partners in the Clackamas Technical Working Group have compiled several different resources to provide information to individuals interested in the quality of the water in the Clackamas Watershed, which provides drinking water for over 300,000 individuals.
The Clackamas River Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP)
The Clackamas River Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP) is a collaborative growing partnership managed by Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District.