Springwater Corridor Ecology Project

Project #: 217738  –   Updated: August 29, 2013

Project Summary

The Springwater Ecology Project aims to increase experiential learning opportunities for underserved students of Lent Elementary while simultaneously improving the habitat of the Springwater Corridor and Johnson Creek. Over two years, the fourth and fifth grade students will investigate their local ecology and then apply their newfound ecological knowledge toward the restoration of the Johnson Creek Watershed along the Springwater Corridor.

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Location (by county):
Multnomah County (OR)

Metro Cities:
Portland

Within Metro's Urban Growth Boundary:
Yes

Within Vancouver's Urban Growth Boundary:
No

Watersheds:
Lower Willamette

Subwatersheds:
Lower Johnson Creek

Congressional Districts:
OR District 03

Bird Conservation Regions:
Northern Pacific Rainforest

USFWS Regions:
Pacific Region

Project size:
0.85 acres

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Lent Grade School Yes
Foster Crossing Yes
Native Planting Yes

Full Project Description

The Springwater Ecology Project aims to increase experiential learning opportunities for underserved students of Lent Elementary while simultaneously improving the habitat of the Springwater Corridor and Johnson Creek. Over two years, the fourth and fifth grade students will investigate their local ecology and then apply their newfound ecological knowledge toward the restoration of the Johnson Creek Watershed along the Springwater Corridor.

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Funding

This project is on-going, and entirely grant funded.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

Conservation Mission
Ecology Education & Habitat Restoration

Primary goals:

Deliver 144 ecology education lessons to fourth and fifth grade students at Lent Grade School.
Progress:

Complete.

Facilitate student-led creation of a Rain Garden on school grounds.
Progress:

Complete.

Plant 6,000 native plant species and spread 400 yards of mulch along the Springwater Corridor.
Progress:

4,500 native plants were planted and 675 yards of mulch were spread.

Consistent with plans:

Watershed Plan
Johnson Creek Watershed Council greater watershed plan.

Targeted habitats:

    • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
      • Lowland Riparian Forests and Shrublands
        • Interior Lowland and Foothill Riparian Woodland and Shrubland

Targeted species were not provided for this project.

Actions

Project Actions
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Action Metrics

Project Action Metrics
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Assistance

Direct Funding
Metro Regional Government (Local Government) Show/Hide details
East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (Local Government) Show/Hide details
In-Kind Contribution
Portland Parks and Recreation Show/Hide details
Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors (ECO) Show/Hide details
Ecotone Environmental Show/Hide details
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Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Project Show/Hide details

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored?   Yes

Please describe your monitoring activity.

LSHRP is monitoring and maintaining planting sites for the next two years.

ECO is continuing to work with Lent Grade School students for the next two years.

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Organization

Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors (ECO)
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Bethany Thomas
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Partners

  • Portland Parks and Recreation
  • East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Project

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