Salem Earns 2021 Public Works Project of the Year Award

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The City of Salem’s Public Works Department has earned The American Public Works Association’s (APWA) 2021 Public Works Project of the Year Award for their efforts in restoring Pringle Creek in downtown Salem.

For decades, Pringle Creek had been shaded by the concrete remnants of the old Boise Cascade paper mill. The project focused on rehabilitating the stream bed flowing under a section of downtown Salem by removing concrete pylons, enhancing the green space along the water, and restoring the beauty of the creek. Since completion, the project has enhanced stream flows, improved fish habitat in the creek, and increased the plant and animal diversity found in the area. This award recognizes the cooperative achievements between the City of Salem, the contractors at Suulutaaq Inc., and consultants at Otak Inc.

The American Public Works Association is a not-for-profit, international organization of more than 30,000 members involved in the field of public works. APWA serves its members by promoting professional excellence and public awareness through education, advocacy, and the exchange of knowledge. Salem’s Public Works Department earned their 2021 Public Works Project of the Year Award in the Environmental category for projects under $5-million.

"APWA is honored to celebrate the 2021 Projects of the Year award with the residents of Salem." said APWA President Mary Joyce Ivers, CPFP, PWLF. "I am proud and inspired by all of our public works members who continue to deliver outstanding, selfless services to their communities, even in times of a pandemic and emergencies."

For more information about the APWA awards program, please contact APWA Awards and Chapter Relations Associate Rhonda Wilhite at [email protected] or by phone at (816) 595-5299.

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