Friday, April 2, 2010

Volunteers needed for a Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited work party at Circle Creek

The permits are still being worked out and construction schedules still need to be finalized, but, we are planning a work party on May 15 (alternate May 22 in case of severe weather) to help replace culverts on Circle Creek a tributary of the Necanicum River at the Seaside Golf Course. The culverts will be replaced with a donated bridge. Tualatin Valley Trout Unlimited has provided funding to help restore the bridge but there is a lot of labor involved also. We will be either building forms, pouring concrete, or, replacing/restoring the deck of the bridge.
This is an exciting project because it will open up more rearing habitat for Coastal Coho Salmon, as well as restoring the influence of tides to the creek. Circle Creek is already one of the most productive tributaries of the Necanicum for juvenile production and removing these culverts will increase that productivity by a large amount.
It was recently determined that tidal influence penetrates much further up Circle Creek than was previously known. Removing the culverts will not only allow passage up the creek for Coastal Coho, Cutthroat Trout, Steelhead and Chinook Salmon but will allow the juveniles to “ride the tides” in and out of the creek as these species once were able to do.
If you want to carpool from Portland, meet at the Sunset  Fred Meyer, 22075 NW Imbrie Dr. Hillsboro, Oregon, by the can return area, at 8:30 am May 15. You can also just meet us at the Seaside Golf Course (451 Ave. U, Seaside Oregon) at 10 am.We would like to have an idea of how many people will attend, so, please respond by e mail to Michael Ellis ( ) if you are interested.
Bring gloves, a lunch,  and  appropriate clothing (raingear).