Brownwood Project floodplain. Photo by Bryan Dorr. Dec. 3, 2007.

Recently restored floodplain put to the test

By Bryan Dorr
Dec. 3, 2007 11:22 am PST
bdorr@bjdorr.com

SOUTHEAST PORTLAND - The nearly completed Brownwood Project, a Johnson Creek watershed restoration program southeast of Powell Butte, was put to the test today for the first time for one of its purposes.

The project pruposes were to improve fish and wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and flood control.

While the habitat and the water quality improvements remain unknown, the flood control was obvious when the 38-acre site filled with several feet of water.

Flooding however did occur downstream from the floodplain at SE Foster Road east of I-205 and at SE Johnson Creek Blvd. near SE Bell Ave.

The Brownwood floodplain site is viewable from the Springwater Trail. With exception of some touch-up work, it was mostly completed in October.

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