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Annual volunteer clean-up of Johnson Creek slated for August 25; signups available now.

PHOTO BY BRUCE MACGREGOR, COURTESY JOHNSON CREEK WATERSHED COUNCIL - Volunteers retrieve trash from Johnson Creek during a past annual clean-up day. Want to help improve one of the Portland area's hidden gems?

Mark your calendar for the 11th-annual Johnson Creek Clean-Up event, which takes place Saturday, August 25.

Johnson Creek flows 26 miles from its headwaters near Boring, passing through Happy Valley, Gresham, Portland and Milwaukie, where it drains into the Willamette River.

Despite much development along the creek, it is home to steelhead and cutthroat trout, coho and Chinook salmon, red-legged frog, painted turtles, salamanders, pileated woodpeckers and great blue herons.

    -    At the event, volunteers will fan out to several locations on the urban creek, which is being gradually restored by the Johnson Creek Watershed Council. Each year, more than 150 people come together to remove three to five tons of garbage from the creek.

Volunteers will assemble at Mill Park, 6201 S.E. Overland St. in Milwaukie, before being sent to several designated sites.

Folks will work from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, then stay for a barbecue and awards from noon to 2 p.m.

Sign up to volunteer at http://www.jcwc.org/events/cleanup2018/

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Reach Steve Law at 971-204-7866, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or twitter.com/SteveLawTrib.

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