The majority of 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
Construction is complete, and some revegetation will occur in early 2023.
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.
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Photos from the Restoration Project
Progress from a bird's eye view
See how restoration work has changed the Cedar Crossing project area.
Fantastic Fish Finds
In late July 2022, Environmental Services Biologists coordinated with contractors to capture and safely relocate fish from the project area. We found baby Coho salmon, cutthroat trout, pacific lamprey, and more! Visit our Facebook page to see more photos.