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  • Clearing on South Cooper Mountain.  Photo (c) by Eric Squires  To cut or not to cut, that is the questions.  Some property owners in the newly urbanizing area of South Cooper Mountain have chosen to clear cut forests on their property in an attempt to avoid permits and fees when they develop their property in […]

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  • We made this video a couple of years back, but it still illustrates very well the problems that face urban creeks and what can be done about them. Save our Urban Creeks from Tualatin Riverkeepers on Vimeo. When it rains, water runs off of the urban landscape, down storm drains, through pipes, to the nearest […]

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  • How is Your City Using Urban Forestry to Protect Creeks? Urban creeks get hammered by erosion and pollution with every storm.  Polluted runoff goes directly from street to stream through storm sewers, carrying pollutants from rooftops, parking lots, streets and sidewalks at high velocities that erode stream banks and stir up old polluted sediments. PCC […]

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  • On January 8, 2014 a team of scientists and other members of Tualatin Riverkeepers Citizen Action Committee took a field trip to view three sites where significant erosion has been caused by development that increased stormwater runoff from Bull Mountain.  The reason for this field trip was to familiarize the members with issues that should […]

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  • The City of Beaverton is in the process of master planning Cooper Mountain for suburban development. This 2,290 acre area at the southwestern edge of Beaverton consists of hills, farms, forests, and creeks that flow into the Tualatin River. This planning process provides a unique opportunity to “design with nature”, so that people and the […]

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  • Urban streams throughout the country suffer from the effects of development. With every storm, stormwater runoff rushes off of rooftops and pavement, and is piped to the nearest creek through storm sewers. Runoff carries pollution from the streets and landscape, and seriously erodes stream banks and causes flooding. In the Tualatin Basin, parking lots cover […]

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  • 6/8/13 9:00 a.m. – Reported by Larry Knaub LOCATION: Approximately 200 yards down river from the Rood Bridge Landing..and..just pass Clean Water Services    Log jam just down river from Rood Bridge landing. This log jam is passable on the left but you have to portage over the jam. We got pass this jam only […]

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  • Reported by Walter Wentz On 6/4/13, about 2 p.m., we arrived at the Jackson Bottom Wetlands outside Hillsboro, where in previous years we had launched down a steep mud bank below the bridge. We found that makeshift launch point had been blocked off with a cable fence. On inquiry, we learned that the much-publicized launch […]

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  • March 11, 2013 – Rood Bridge to Eagle Landing Came to a log jam fully blocking the river about 5 minutes after putting in at Rood Bridge. Portaged on the right with difficulty due to the steep muddy bank. After that the path is clear. Took about 3 hours and 20 minutes to reach Eagle’s […]

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  • March 4, 2013 – Jackson Bottom to Rood Bridge Starting 2 miles down from Jackson Bottom are several log jams 3-4 passable only by portage. Spread out by 1/2-1 mile. First log jam portage on left side but undergrowth is heavy. The others can be climbed over at the risk of taking a bath. I […]

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