Johnson Creek - a major urban stream, but its value comes partly from the annual cleanups done there

DAVID F. ASHTON - JCWC Executive Director Daniel Newberry, personally thanking superhero Captain America for coming out to pull invasive weeds and clean up Crystal Springs Creek near Westmoreland Union Manor. Along Johnson Creek, at sites from east of Gresham all the way to the Willamette River, more than 450 volunteers donned work clothes and boots on Saturday morning, March 3, and headed out to participate at one of the ten locations for the Johnson Creek Watershed Council's (JCWC) 20th Annual "Watershed Wide Event".

One of those sites was in Inner Southeast Portland, along Crystal Springs Creek – an important tributary of Johnson Creek – in front of the Westmoreland Union Manor.

At this site, a Girl Scout Troop, plus a total of 15 volunteers from Bullseye Glass Company, arrived to help out. Working together, they put in fifty new plants along the creek, and – when they were finished with that – started pulling out invasive species.

"We sure appreciate corporate teams, like the volunteers from Bullseye Glass Company, coming to help; it's a good bonding experience for them, and we really appreciate the work they do," smiled JCWC Executive Director Daniel Newberry.

"Seeing so many folks giving of their time really speaks to how people want to do something, with their own hands, to really help improve the environment," remarked Newberry, who mentioned that he'd visited several of the cleanup sites that morning.

"Planting trees and bushes along the creek is vitally important, because it helps ease one of the worst water quality problems here: High stream temperature," Newberry told THE BEE.

Johnson Creek is the only tributary to the Willamette River in the Portland area that still supports threatened Coho and Chinook salmon species, pointed out Newberry. "Thanks to the work of volunteers over the past two decades, Johnson Creek is 'alive' and full of incredibly diverse wildlife which we aim to protect and encourage!"

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