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From: Gari Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4631

10-12-15

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Discover Rock Creek on Nov. 7 offers rare opportunity to access natural area

The public is invited to Discover Rock Creek, an educational event and work party presented by Clackamas County Water Environment Services, the Clackamas River Basin Council, and SOLVE, on Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon at 14974 SE Hwy 212 in Happy Valley.

Rock Creek is an important tributary of the Clackamas River and home to salmon, beavers, ospreys, and other fish and wildlife. Discover Rock Creek offers a rare opportunity to explore wildlife habitat and natural areas around Rock Creek near its confluence with the Clackamas River, a site that is usually closed to the public.

Participants will tour the site’s new in-stream construction and native plant restoration work. Education stations will feature hands-on activities and information about soil, water quality, fish habitat, and plant care.

Discover Rock Creek was created to celebrate and reveal to the public the 2013 Rock Creek Confluence Project, which included the removal of over 12 acres of invasive weeds, the placement of over 25 large wood structures, 200 Christmas trees, and numerous boulders into the creek to increase stream complexity. These structures provide protection for juvenile salmon before they migrate to the ocean.

The Rock Creek Confluence Project was funded by Clackamas County Water Environment Services, Metro’s 2006 Natural Areas bond measure, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Nature Conservancy’s PGE Habitat Fund, and the Clackamas River Basin Council’s Shade Our Streams program.

For more information about the event, or to register for it, visit SOLVE’s website.

For additional information, members of the media or public may contact Community Relations Specialist Gari Johnson at 503-742-4631.

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