Stillwater Sciences is proud to be part of the CH2M team selected by METRO and affiliated stakeholders to provide habitat design, engineering and construction drawings, and hydraulic modeling for the first phase of the Willamette Falls Riverwalk project in Oregon City, Oregon.
Willamette Falls, the largest falls in the Northwest, is a site steeped in historical significance. Due to its abundance of native fish and its prominent location along a major north-south corridor in the western Oregon region, tribes settled at these horseshoe-shaped, basalt falls and today it remains a traditional salmon fishing and lamprey harvesting site for multiple tribes. The falls are also the site of the first long distance transmission of electricity. In 1889, a 14-mile transmission line from a hydroelectric facility constructed at the falls transmitted electricity to downtown Portland to power streetcars and streetlights.
Recent closure of a paper mill downstream of the falls resulted in an unprecedented opportunity for redesign and restoration of the Willamette’s riverside. Long-term plans include a public riverwalk along the edge of the Willamette River and a thriving, connected, downtown Oregon City with room for housing, public spaces, habitat restoration, education and employment. Among the anticipated benefits, Stillwater will focus on the opportunities to restore riparian habitat and rocky outcrop areas, improve habitat for native fish, migratory birds and other wildlife, improve water quality, and provide protection and storage within the floodplain. Stillwater is excited play a role in the Willamette Falls’ next chapter of history as we restore native habitat and provide cleaner water for the Willamette and for Oregon’s native species.
For more information, visit the Willamette Falls Legacy website: http://www.rediscoverthefalls.com/
Posted August 12, 2015