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Watershed Council wins competition for MAX Station salmon project funds

by: DAVID F. ASHTON - Oregon Wildlife Executive Director Tim Gresseth, and Board Member John Esler, present their really big check to the Ardenwald/Johnson Creek neighborhoods Russ Stoll, and to JCWC Executive Director Matt Clark.In December’s issue of THE BEE brought you the story about improvements to salmon habitat, and a 220-foot-long interpretive boardwalk, both proposed for the Tacoma Street MAX Light Rail Station by the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC). The proposal has been accepted, and the Watershed Council is getting to work on it.

The 220-foot-long boardwalk will lead from the station platform to a viewing space overlooking the new Johnson Creek natural habitat site.

Based on construction bids, the cost for habitat enhancement has increased to about $86,000 for the salmon habitat restoration – and the cost of building the interpretive boardwalk is now estimated to be $250,000, said JCWC Executive Director Matt Clark in late April.

“We glad there’s been strong, positive interest in the project,” Clark told THE BEE. “So far, we’ve raised $45,000 for the habitat portion, and about $80,000 has been pledged for the boardwalk.”

Giving the project a big boost, Clark added, was a $10,000 donation made by Oregon Wildlife on April 12 at the SMILE Station.

“They had to receive the most ‘Likes’ during our Facebook contest,” explained Oregon Wildlife Executive Director Tim Gresseth at the check presentation. “JCWC folks did a fabulous job giving this project great support and they won.”

It was close, Gresseth said, with JCWC garnering 457 “Likes” versus 441 received by the nearest competing project. “It was right down to the wire.”

Clark pointed out that individuals are still very much encouraged to contribute to the Tacoma Street Johnson Creek Max Station Enhancement Project. For a contribution of $100 or more, your name will be engraved on a handrail along the boardwalk, too, he said.

To learn more, see their webpage:

jcwc.org/support-the-johnson-creek-interpretive-boardwalk-and-habitat/