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mission of the Cedar Mill Creek Watershed Watch is to protect
the creek, and where possible, to restore the riparian forest
and stream bank. Education has recently become a focus of the
Where is the creek? Cedar Mill Creek begins in the far northwest
corner of Multnomah County in the area of the Forest Heights developments.
It flows southwest into Washington County, through Jordan Park,
crosses Cornell Road near 119th, where the historic
Cedar Mill Falls is located. From here it flows south, under Highway
26, paralleling Murray Road, through the NIKE campus, and into
Beaverton Creek in the Tualatin Hills Nature Park. North Johnson
Creek, a main tributary to Cedar Mill Creek, starts south of Cedar
Mill Creek and runs behind St. Vincent's Hospital. It joins Cedar
Mill Creek near the NIKE campus. Together the two watersheds drain
Concerns: Recent development of high urban density in
the headwaters of Cedar Mill Creek has directly increased storm
water runoff and water pollution. It also has resulted in loss
of open space and wildlife habitat. Invasive weeds are taking
take over the small parcels of wildlife habitat that have been
saved from development.
What has CMCW Watch accomplished?
- Removed invasive Himalayan blackberry from
Jordan Park and replanted native plants in this jewel of a park.
- Provided technical assistance to landowners
to restore native plants on their property.
- Staffed booths at Cedar Mill Days to talk
to people about the creek.
- Kept on top of local Cedar Mill Creek issues
by attending CPO (Citizen Participation Organization) meetings,
testifying at hearings of the Washington County Planning Commission
and Metro; serving on committees of the Tualatin Hills Park
and Recreation District; participating in conferences with the
Tualatin Riverkeepers; and writing letters on issues concerning
- Conducted many tours of the watershed for
elected officials, employees of different public agencies, and
other friends' groups.
- CMCW Watch is planning stream enhancement
projects, such as ivy and blackberry removal, and more planting
in Jordan Park.
- Members are tracking the development of the
Cedar Mill Town Center which will affect the creeks through
increased density and traffic.
- Members also are planning to expand education
Who do I contact for more information? There are many
things we can do within the watershed to absorb more stormwater
and increase wildlife habitat. But we need the help of concerned
citizens! For more information, or to volunteer, contact: Gretchen
Vadnais, (503) 288-9338 or firstname.lastname@example.org