On August 16th, over 80 volunteers joined together to clean up a 2 mile stretch of the Johnson Creek and the Spring Water Trail.
Volunteers just getting started picking out debris from the creek.
There was a lot of iron which was very rusty. Notice the water tank in this picture. Volunteers also found many old sleeping bags we suspect came from homeless camps. And of course lots of garbage along with plastic garbage bags. Volunteers found many unusual things in the creek like bicycles, car parts, a toy hand grenade and an unexpectedly high amount of underwear.
The most unusual things found in the creek was this head stone. The stone was turned over to the Milwaukie Pioneer Cemetery who will try to find its proper resting place.
Here a couple work on cutting back the vegetation in the creek at Mill Park.
More folks removing vegetation at Mill Park.
Here are the volunteers from Fred Meyer. Fred Meyer was the primary sponsor for this event. Not only did they provide some great food and drink, they also got in the creek.
Creek cleaning is dirty work. These hardy souls must have tied into some rusty iron that was abundant in the creek
After the clean up the volunteers enjoyed a BBQ sponsored by Fred Meyer.
The clean up actually started on the 13th. Clackamas County Corrections brought out a crew of inmates who removed the brush from the creek bed at Bell Station. This really helped beautify one of the most visible parts of Johnson Creek.
Here is a before and after shot of the creek showing the great job corrections did.
This was the first time the Coalition organized an event like this. We couldn't have done it with out the help from many agencies and organizations.
Events like this need sponsors to be really successful. We had some really great sponsors.