Habitat Restoration Underway in Portland Harbor

This summer habitat restoration efforts are underway on the southern tip of Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon. Alder Creek is the first habitat restoration project that will be implemented specifically to benefit fish and wildlife affected by contamination in the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The project will provide habitat for salmon, lamprey, mink, bald eagle, osprey, and other native fish and wildlife living in the area.

The project will restore habitat that was once abundant but is now rare in this stretch of the highly industrialized Willamette River. By removing buildings, infrastructure, and fill material from the floodplain, reshaping the riverbanks, and planting trees and shrubs, the project will create shallow water habitat to provide resting and feeding areas for young salmon and lamprey and foraging for birds. The project will also restore beaches and wetlands to provide access to water and food for mink, and forests to provide shelter and nesting opportunities for native birds.

The restoration project is owned and managed by a habitat development company called Wildlands. The company intends to sell natural resource "credits" from the project to potentially responsible parties to help those parties meet their obligations for environmental damages in the Superfund site. This is part of the natural resource damage assessment process managed by the Trustee Council.

For more information about habitat restoration in Portland Harbor, visit our Restoration page or the Trustee Council's website http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/contaminants/portlandharbor/.

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