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Cedar Crossing Restoration

Sewer and Stormwater
City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services is designing a project to reconnect Johnson Creek with its floodplain near SE Deardorff Road. The project is part of a broad city effort to improve habitat conditions and reduce the impacts of flooding along Johnson Creek.
This project is currently being designed. Construction is anticipated to begin in Summer 2022.

Project Area

The project is located on three city-owned properties adjacent to SE Deardorff Road, between Blackberry Circle and SE Flavel Street.  

What's Happening Now

In the fall and winter of 2020/21, city staff and consultants will visit the project site to conduct field investigations, take water and soil samples, mark utilities, and conduct other activities. These field visits will help the design and construction team design the project. 

We Want to Hear from You

Please let us know if you have a concern or question about this project. Be sure to include your name, property address, and project name (Cedar Crossing) in your voicemail and email so we can provide you more details about what to expect in front of your property. Also, please write “Cedar Crossing” in the subject line of your email. 

Project Background

This stream and floodplain restoration effort will build upon past vegetation restoration and include partial removal of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) walls that were built to straighten and restrain Johnson Creek. The project will add habitat features such as logs to help slow down the speed of Johnson Creek. This will not only reduce downstream flooding and erosion problems, but also provide hiding places for fish and other wildlife. Native plantings along the banks will help shade the creek and keep it cooler in the summer and provide food and shelter for wildlife. 

The project will: 

  • Remove WPA wall and restore the creek’s connection with its floodplain. 

  • Restore stream features and complexity to provide habitat for endangered salmon and other wildlife. 

  • Protect and enhance wetlands. 

  • Protect mature trees whenever possible and plant native trees and shrubs to increase the stream-side canopy. 

Current efforts to restore Johnson Creek focus on returning it to a more natural state. This type of restoration provides a safe place for flood waters to spread out and soak into the ground. It also helps improve water quality and increases fish and wildlife habitat. Johnson Creek provides important habitat for coho and Chinook salmon, as well as steelhead and cutthroat trout. While these species still exist in Johnson Creek and its tributaries, their long-term survival depends on our ability to restore habitat and improve water quality.  

Sign Up for Updates

Sign up for periodic email updates at the Cedar Crossing Restoration Project