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Most City of Portland offices will be closed Monday, July 4, to observe Independence Day.

Cedar Crossing Restoration Project

Sewer and Stormwater
The City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services has begun construction on 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 design is complete. Construction is beginning in June 2022.
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Project Area

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

In the coming weeks, crews will be moving equipment and project materials onto the site, clearing the area for construction, and demolishing several small structures located in the floodplain. This includes surveying, locating utilities, and other preconstruction activities.

The Rest of This Week
Crews will work on the following activities from Monday through Friday during daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.:

  • Installing erosion control measures around the staging area.
  • Verifying locations of existing utilities.
  • Starting demolition and removing debris.

Week of July 4
Crews will not be working during the July 4th Holiday. Crews will work on the following activities from Tuesday through Friday during daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.:

  • Continuing demolition and removing debris.
  • Bringing project materials onto the site.

What to Expect During Construction 

We want you to be safe around the work site. Please keep children, pets, bikes, cars, and trucks away from the tools, machines, supplies, and construction workers. A city inspector will be on-site during work hours and may be able to assist you with construction concerns. Inspectors typically wear a hard hat and safety vest with “City of Portland” on the back.  Learn more about what to expect during construction online at www.portland.gov/bes/constructi….

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.  

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