Healthy Streams is a new WMSWCD program that provides full funding and technical assistance to landowners for streamside restoration to improve water quality and wildlife habitat. Current target areas include canals and ditches on Sauvie Island and Abbey, McCarthy, and Rock creeks in the West Hills. Please contact Senior Conservationist Kammy Kern-Korot, 503/238-4775, ext. 108; kammy (at) wmswcd.org for more information.
The objective on Sauvie Island agricultural land is to reduce invasive plant species and tillage that occurs directly adjacent to waterways which may contribute to erosion and sedimentation. WMSWCD will pay to install and maintain non-invasive herbaceous buffers in their place.
The objective along Abbey, McCarthy and Rock Creeks is to provide funding and technical support to increase the amount of native riparian buffers. Approximately $35,000 was dedicated for this purpose in 2009-2010 and an additional $50,000 was allocated for 2010-2011.
The District’s first Healthy Streams project is restoring approximately seven acres of riparian habitat on Abbey Creek. Over 3,000 native trees and shrubs were planted in February of 2010. The area will be actively maintained and protected by the landowner and the District for at least five years.