In 1996, extensive flooding caused damage across the City of Salem and the Willamette Valley. In 1998, the City added an annual Stream Cleaning Program into its existing stormwater management strategies to reduce the risk of flooding during high flows. The Program utilizes a crew of students with a focus in environmental sciences to identify and remove trash, debris, and restrictions to stream conveyance. The crew also conducts an annual stream restoration project to replace invasive vegetation with native plants.
2019 Stream Cleaning results
- Miles of creeks cleaned: 60.85
- Pounds of trash removed: 5,546
- Number of debris jams removed: 152
- Amount of green debris removed: 64 cubic yards
Read more about the Stream Crew's work in the ESRI Blog.
Program Annual Report
The Stream Cleaning Program has published the 2019 Clean Streams Report. If you would like to review reports from past years, please email [email protected].