Last year, volunteers removed 5.3 tons of trash from habitat between Milwaukie and Gresham

In partnership with hundreds of community volunteers, local businesses and nonprofits, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council this month will remove litter from the creek and surrounding riparian areas to protect and enhance habitats and species.

Johnson Creek is one of the last free-flowing streams in Portland, and the only tributary to the Willamette River that still supports salmon populations.

PHOTO COURTESY: JCWC - During last year's cleanup, volunteers removed 5.3 tons of debris along a 7-mile stretch of Johnson Creek.Volunteers get into the creek to collect trash, so event organizers request bringing closed-toe shoes, quick-drying clothes and a towel; gloves and bags will be provided. Last year, cleanup volunteers removed 5.3 tons of debris along a 7-mile stretch of the creek.

"JCWC's work would not be possible without the hard work of our volunteers," said JCWC volunteer program manager Courtney Beckel. "We do this work together — we could not restore habitat for the plants and animals that call the creek home without you."

Arrive by 8:30 a.m. to be placed on a team Saturday, Aug. 25, for the 11th annual Johnson Creek Clean-Up starting from Mill Park, 6201 S.E. Overland St., Milwaukie. A barbeque and awards ceremony starting at noon will follow the cleanup activities.

The first 200 volunteers to show up get a free T-shirt designed by a local artist.

Register for the cleanup at For questions, call 503-652-7477, ext. 101.

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