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About the Kellogg-for-Coho Initiative (KFCI):
The City of Milwaukie is leading a broad-based effort to restore Kellogg Creek, located in Milwaukie’s South Downtown, to its natural free-flowing condition. The project will remove the Kellogg Dam, address contaminated sediments, re-establish fish passage, and restore riparian habitat for endangered salmon and native wildlife. Above all it will demonstrate how community development in the 21st century can improve public spaces for fish, wildlife, and people.
The project has received letters of support from Rep. Blumenauer, Gov. Kulongoski’s Economic Revitalization Team, Sen. Merkley, ODOT, Metro, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, the Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), TRIMET, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
Project Benefits Include:
Habitat Restoration: By restoring 14 acres of native wetlands in the former lakebed, the Kellogg-for-Coho-Initiative will provide crucially needed habitat for native plants and wildlife including several Endangered Species Act-listed fish such as Lower Colombia coho salmon, Spring Chinook salmon, and Steelhead.
Fish Passage: Removing Kellogg Dam will open almost 9 miles of stream habitat. Due to its ecological potential, the KFCI is prioritized in local, regional, and state level recovery and resource management plans.
Downtown Revitalization: The initiative will restore a natural area adjacent to Milwaukie’s developing, transit-oriented South Downtown and will be a significant amenity to the community.
Public Education: The restored creek will provide community access to a wealth of public education opportunities. Citizens and visitors alike can learn how urban re-development can support both environmental and economic agendas.
Supporting Transportation Options: A new OR 99E bridge over Kellogg Creek would improve Milwaukie’s infrastructure and support bike and pedestrian options in the vicinity of the creek. The full project could include a bike/pedestrian under-crossing between downtown and Riverfront Park.
View the Kellogg-for-Coho Initiative project flier.
More interesting facts about Kellogg Lake and Kellogg Dam.