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Once a yhear, an army of volunteers is mustered, to go forth and spend a day cleaning up Johnson Creek

DAVID F. ASHTON - JCWC Creek Crew Leaders and volunteers Reid Stillman and Gail Chastain filled up their first of many wheelbarrows with mulch, at the Sellwood Johnson Creek site in this years Watershed-Wide Event. Perhaps it was the early spring weather that brought out so many volunteers for the Johnson Creek Watershed Council's (JCWC) "Watershed-Wide Event" on Saturday morning, March 5.

"Every spring for the past 24 years, we've look forward to seeing local watershed residents come together for a day of stewardship – to restore, repair, and clean Johnson Creek – by planting, mulching, and weeding at sites throughout the watershed," remarked JCWC Volunteer Program Manager Courtney Beckel.

"At ten sites, located all along Johnson Creek, a total of 271 volunteers helped improve the watershed this year."

One of those groups met in Inner Southeast Portland near where Johnson Creek flows under S.E. Ochoco Street in Sellwood. We're going to be mulching the existing native plantings located here," explained JCWC Restoration Project Manager Elizabeth Brosig.

"With our changing climate – including the heat waves – it's best at this location that we get mulch around the new plants to retain water in the soil, so the plants have a better chance of survival this coming summer.

"At some of the other sites, volunteers are installing new plants; but here, we're trying to keep the native plants that we've already put in alive."

If you missed out on this annual project this year, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council provides all kinds of volunteer activities, classes, and nature walks all year. To learn more, go online – www.jcwc.org


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