Light Rail CAC meeting will include update on interpretive boardwalk

The upcoming Portland-Milwaukie light rail Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting will include an update on the Johnson Creek interpretive boardwalk and habitat north of the Tacoma Street Station.

Matt Clark, Johnson Creek Watershed Council executive director, is scheduled on the agenda to provide an update on the interpretive boardwalk and wildlife habitat project.

Tacoma Street Station and Johnson Creek is within the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek neighborhood in the Portland city limits. Russ Stoll is representing Ardenwald on the Creek Committee that is active in the boardwalk and habitat project.

The upcoming CAC meeting is Thursday, January 17, 2012, from 6:00 p.m to 7:30 p.m. at the East Field Office (2300 SE Beta St., Milwaukie).

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JCWC wins $10,000 for habitat enhancements at future light rail station

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) announced they won $10,000 in an online contest to help fund the salmon habitat enhancements at the new Tacoma Street/Johnson Creek MAX station.

Earlier this month, Oregon Wildlife held an online contest on Facebook to vote for one of three wildlife-related projects. The contest winner receives a donation of $10,000 from Oregon Wildlife to help fund the winning project.

The voting closed on December 16.

JCWC won the contest with 457 votes. Willamette Riverkeeper’s Islands Paddle & Pull project came in close second with 442 votes. Wallowa Resources’ Aspen Restoration received 81 votes.

Matt Clark, executive director of JCWC said the contest was very close, “neck and neck until the very end.”

The funding will help pay for installing log jam habitat structures and excavating a side channel for the fishes, and the interpretive boardwalk.

Ardenwald-Johnson Creek (AJC) Neighborhood Association’s is actively involved in the boardwalk project.

AJC’s Creek Committee representative Russ Stoll said at the November 13, 2012 AJC regular neighborhood meeting that the Committee still needs to raise $150,000 to $250,000 by June 30, 2013 for the boardwalk project.

The Tacoma Street/Johnson Creek MAX station, including the future boardwalk, is in the AJC neighborhood boundaries within the Portland city limits.

AJC’s Creek Committee web page is at

Tacoma St. Station Plan Stakeholders Advisory Group meeting July 9

A Tacoma St. Station Plan Stakeholders Advisory Group meeting will be held on Monday, July 9, 2012, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Milwaukie City Hall (10722 SE Main St., Milwaukie) in the Conference Room. A packet is available for download at City of Milwaukie’s website at… (PDF, 8MB).

The Tacoma St. Station is part of the 7.5-mile Portland-Milwaukie light rail project and will be located along SE McLoughlin Blvd. just south of the Tenino St. viaduct and on the banks of Johnson Creek. The station is also within the boundary of the Ardenwald-Johnson Creek Neighborhood within the Portland city limits.

Stoll wins ‘Riffle Award’

Ardenwald Neighborhood Association’s Creek Committee chair Russ Stoll won the Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) 2011 Riffle Award.

According to the JCWC, Russ has been a strong leader on the Creek Committee for the past two years. He has been working on habitat enhancements and the interpretive boardwalk at the new Tacoma Street/Johnson Creek light rail station.

The award was presented on May 24, 2012.

Stoll was nominated as an At-Large member at the May 2010 neighborhood board elections, and has been steadily involved with the Tacoma Street Park & Ride project.  The neighborhood association’s Tacoma Street Park & Ride project committee was renamed to Creek Committee  at the  April 10, 2012 regular neighborhood meeting.

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