OREGON CITY — Through
the help of a Metro grant, the Environmental Learning Center at Clackamas
Community College has a new conceptual site plan that will benefit the
community and the Newell Creek Watershed for years to come.
The public is
invited to an open house to view the conceptual plans for the restoration of
the ELC site. The open house will take place on Wednesday, May 23, from 7 to
8:30 p.m. in the Lakeside Hall at the ELC. Light refreshments will be served.
The John Inskeep
Environmental Learning Center is a five-acre site on the CCC campus at the
headwaters of Newell Creek, which flows to the Willamette River through the
1800-acre Newell Creek Watershed, the largest intact green space in the Metro
area. The ELC offers environmental education classes for schools, along with
activities for families and children.
CCC obtained a
$10,000 Metro planning grant last year to redevelop the site into natural, flood-water
mitigation and treatment system. Approximately 50 percent of campus storm water
and Oregon City High School storm water pass through the ELC site. The new
concept incorporates principles of bio filtration to cleanse impurities, along
with plantings to shade and cool the water prior to release into Newell Creek.
The site plan was
developed with guidance from local partners, faculty and staff, with the
technical expertise of Yost Grube Hall, Pacific Habitat Services and Lango
Hansen Landscape Architects.
For information on
the ELC open house, contact Alison Heimowitz at 503-594-3696 or email email@example.com.