DEQ awards Portland Parks & Recreation $55,199 in Columbia Slough Habitat Improvement Funds.
[2/06/17] The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality awarded Portland Parks & Recreation $55,199 for habitat improvements in the Columbia Slough Watershed in North Portland.
Portland Parks & Recreation will perform a comprehensive restoration at Whitaker Ponds Nature Park. Whitaker Ponds Nature Park extends over approximately 24 acres near NE 47th Ave., encompassing West and East Whitaker Ponds and the southern bank of the Whitaker Slough, a tributary of the Columbia Slough. The ponds provide important native turtle habitat along with excellent turtle viewing opportunities.
DEQ funds will be used to remove invasive terrestrial and aquatic plants, diversify understory vegetation, stabilize Slough banks and convert a small grass field to a native cottonwood/ash forest. The work includes two years of active invasive treatment and planting of approximately 4,000 trees and shrubs, followed by three years of vegetation maintenance.