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Springwater Wetlands and Floodplain Restoration Project

Sewer and Stormwater
Environmental Services is starting a project to restore wetlands on about 60 acres in the Johnson Creek floodplain. The project will reduce the risk of flooding to homes, businesses and streets. It will enhance wetland habitat along the Springwater Corridor and improve water quality in the creek.
Design for the project began in Fall 2019. Construction is expected to begin summer 2022.

Project Area

The project will take place in the wetlands and natural areas along the Springwater Corridor Trail from Beggars Tick Natural Area to Zenger Farm. The project is located on public property between SE 104th Avenue and 122nd Avenue, SE Harold Street and SE Foster Road. 

Map shows project area outlined in orange. Project boundaries are not very linear amd cover 13 acres in Southeast Portland from west of 122nd Avenue, south of Harold Street and north of Foster Road.

We Want to Hear from You

Environmental Services will inform residents and businesses about project activities and respond to questions and concerns in a timely manner. The following resources will help you stay informed and report concerns: 

  • Questions: Call 503-823-5759, stating that Springwater Wetlands and Floodplain Restoration Project is your area of concern. Outreach staff will return your call by the next business day. 

  • Sewer Emergency: In the event of a sewer backup or basement flooding, call the Maintenance hotline immediately at 503-823-1700. It is staffed all hours and all days, 24/7.

Project Background


The Springwater Wetlands and Floodplain Restoration Project will be Environmental Services' third floodplain project east of the I-205 Freeway in the Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods. The Brookside Wetlands Project was built in 1997. The Foster Floodplain Natural Area was completed in 2012. While those projects reduced local flooding and improved the health of Johnson Creek, more work is needed. 

The Springwater Wetlands Project will restore publicly-owned property. This project will hold more floodwater on public land to reduce flood risk to local homes and businesses. As part of the project, BES will update the National Flood Insurance Maps for the Johnson Creek floodplain in this area. 

What will this project do?

  • Reduce how often homes, businesses, and streets flood in the project area 

  • Enhance habitat for sensitive wildlife 

  • Improve the water quality of Johnson Creek 

How will this be done?

BES will make several changes in the wetlands to restore the natural areas and reduce flood risks. The project will: 

  • Add places on public property where flood water can go when Johnson Creek is high 

  • Install culverts under the Springwater Corridor Trail and between the wetlands 

  • Remove non-native plants and replace them with native plants 

  • Build trails for maintenance access and emergency response

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