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Springwater Wetlands and Floodplain Restoration Project

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Environmental Services is designing a project to enhance wetlands on about 70 acres along the Springwater Corridor Trail. The project will reduce the risk of flooding to homes, businesses and streets.
Design for the project began in Fall 2019. Construction is expected to begin in the Spring of 2025 and will take up to a year and a half to complete.
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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 of Springwater Project Area with Simplified Key

Map of Springwater Wetlands and Floodplain Restoration Project Area

What’s Happening Now?  

Project designers have reached the 60% design milestone. Project design is focused on reducing the risk of flooding to homes, businesses, and streets. In addition, the project aims to improve water quality, provide improved pedestrian and bicycling routes, and restore healthy habitats for wildlife: birds, pollinators, protected red-legged frogs, as well as other amphibians.   

Site Preparation and Deconstruction Activities Occurring Soon 

Recently, Environmental Services purchased the property at 5809 SE 117th Street.  This property will be included in the Springwater Wetlands Project as part of the habitat restoration area. In preparation for habitat restoration work, the structures on the site will be deconstructed and recycled. 

Deconstruction work at the property site is expected to begin the week of January 30 and should take four to six weeks to complete. Please note – site protection fencing around the property will remain in place after the deconstruction to ensure continued work zone safety.  

Rest of this Week  

Before deconstruction begins, crews will be on site to and prepare. Activities may include site visits and evaluation, surveying, marking and relocating utilities, taking pre-existing conditions photos, and tree trimming and protection. To learn more about these activities, please visit the preconstruction information website

Week of January 30  

Work will occur during daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

  • Install temporary traffic control signs according to approved traffic control plans. 
  • Install temporary on-street parking removal areas and site fencing to secure safety of the work zone. 
  • Post signs and fliers to notify all residents, pedestrians, and motorists of upcoming deconstruction. 
  • Begin deconstruction and removal of outbuildings. 
Week of February 6 

Work will occur during daytime hours between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

  • Install tree protection.
  • Deconstruction of main building.

All work is weather-dependent and subject to change.  

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

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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