Volunteers clean miles of Johnson Creek in Inner Southeast
Volunteers working with the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) went way beyond simply picking up garbage on the conveniently-reached banks of Johnson Creek, on Saturday, August 26; a total of 209 hearty creek helpers slogged out into the water to pull up a loads of trash that had gathered over the past year.
"This is our 10th annual Creek Clean-up; and there are teams working this morning, all the way from the confluence with the Willamette River, south of Sellwood, out to Interstate 205," said JCWC Board Chair Melanie Klym. "By far, we had the biggest volunteer turnout that we've ever had; all of the teams met their minimums, and we had extra volunteers heading out to each of the sites."
In the allocated three hours, the volunteers hauled out all kinds of trash – from candy wrappers to mattresses, from tires to furniture – filling several dropboxes placed at various pick-up points.
They mostly focused on "water quality hazards", such as metal, paint cans, and things that pose a danger to wildlife – textiles, bits of plastic, and other debris that fish or animals might try to eat.
The result? "Doing a walk-through tour with team captains, we were seeing baby salmon, a lamprey, beavers, and ducks – so there is a lot of wildlife in Johnson Creek," Klym reflected. "Taking out the trash will make it safer for them."