The Tryon Creek Watershed Council (TCWC), U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Friends of Tryon Creek, and other significant partners will host an evening gathering that will provide information and progress reports on the status of fish, water quality, habitat and restoration projects in the Tryon Creek watershed to raise awareness about the efforts being made to improve conditions in the watershed and the challenges and opportunities we face moving forward. The event will feature a presentation by a local landowner who has participated in TCWC’s mentoring program as well as a poster session highlighting important projects in the watershed. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.
Tryon Creek is unique as an urban watershed which has had minimal industrial or manufacturing impact with a large portion protected by Tryon Creek State Natural Area. The Natural Area is a state-owned, 675-acre parcel saved from development in the 1970s by the Friends, then purchased by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and turned into Oregon’s only urban state park. The lower-most portion of Tryon Creek, which flows through public land owned by the City of Lake Oswego and the City of Portland, is bisected by a 400-foot culvert which remains the biggest obstacle to fully restoring the creek to its more natural condition.
By giving the public important information about their watershed and sharing success stories that are models for how this work can be completed, this planned, annual event will develop a greater proactive stewardship ethic among residents.
The State of the Watershed event will be held in the Nature Center at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 11321 SW Terwilliger Blvd. More information.