Updates & Events

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Restoring 30 Miles of Streamside Habitat through the Shade our Streams Program

Nov. 2, 2018

Streamside habitat restoration

30 miles of streamside habitat in the Clackamas basin have been restored thanks to the Shade our Streams program, powered by a partnership between PGE and the Clackamas River Basin Council (CRBC).

Staff from PGE, CRBC, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) recently toured several of these sites, witnessing their amazing transformation.

At each site, invasive species like Japanese knotweed and reed canarygrass were removed, beneficial native plants were installed, and in some areas, logs and boulders were placed instream to enhance aquatic habitat. Healthy riparian areas like these reduce erosion, enhance water quality, and support fish and wildlife.

During the tour, a pair of coho salmon even showed up to express their gratitude!

Staff from PGE, Clackamas River Basin Council and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality tour the project

Oak Grove Fork Gravel Augmentation

Aug. 14, 2018

It’s raining gravel at Oak Grove Fork!

Every year, PGE deposits 500 tons of gravel into Oak Grove Fork, allowing the rocks to slowly move downstream and improve the ecosystem below Lake Harriet dam. Gravel provides necessary habitat for macroinvertebrates as well as spawning grounds for the salmon that eat them.

Oak Grove Fork Gravel Augmentation photo

When dams on the Clackamas were constructed decades ago, they cut off the flow of gravel, logs, and other debris, resulting in a river that lacked necessary components of habitat for fish and insects. Today, the annual gravel augmentation restores this essential biological process that was interrupted for so long.

Oak Grove Fork Gravel Augmentation photo

Habitat Improvements on the Clackamas River Featured in Northwest Steelheader Magazine

Aug. 8, 2018

PGE’s Clackamas River downstream fish-passage efforts were recently featured in the summer issue of Northwest Steelheader magazine, put out by the Association of Northwest Steelheaders.

The article, written by Ian Fergusson, is the second in a series discussing fish passage in the Willamette Basin. PGE biologist Garth Wyatt provided quotes and information for the article.

Read the full article and see the summer issue of the Northwest Steelheader magazine.

Note: Part 1 of the series can be found on page 8 of the spring issue.