The StreamCare program provides eligible landowners with free weed control and tree planting along the creek. StreamCare is currently offered along Big Creek, Smith Creek, Johnson Creek, Beaver Creek, Buck Creek and Bonnie Brook.
What we offer
If you choose to sign up for StreamCare, we will commit to controlling weeds, planting native trees and shrubs, and maintaining the area along the creek on your property for 5 years free of charge. Our staff will obtain any necessary permits and supervise contracted crews to complete the work.
Our expert staff can evaluate the area along the creek on your property. We will determine the weed control needs and discuss the area we would recommend for planting.
New video – StreamCare reaches milestone half million plants!
We recently planted our half millionth plant through our StreamCare program! That’s 500,000 native trees and shrubs shading creeks along more than 27 stream miles, lowering stream temperatures and helping create healthier conditions for salmon. Watch our new video highlighting this milestone and learn more about StreamCare.
- Free, effective weed control
- Cooler stream temperatures for healthy salmon
- Improved bird and wildlife habitat on your property
- Beautification of your streamside area
- Cleaner water for your family, your pets, and wildlife to enjoy
- Reduced risk of erosion and flooding
- Increased property value
StreamCare is offered for interested landowners along Big Creek, Smith Creek, Johnson Creek, Beaver Creek, Buck Creek and Bonnie Brook.
- Big Creek Watershed – All land owners along the creek.
- Smith Creek Watershed – All land owners along the creek.
- Johnson Creek Watershed – All land owners along the creek with property outside of the city limits of Gresham may be eligible for StreamCare.
- Beaver Creek Watershed – All landowners with property along any fork of the creek outside of the city limits of Gresham may be eligible.
- Buck Creek Watershed – All land owners along the creek.
- Bonnie Brook Watershed – All land owners along the creek.
Call Lucas at (503) 539-5764 to determine if you are in one of the eligible areas.
StreamCare participants enter into an agreement with the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD). You agree to allow us access to the project area at agreed upon times. You also agree not to alter or remove work completed, not to place or build structures in the project area, and to notify EMSWCD if the property is sold. If you own livestock, they must be kept out of the project area and manure cannot be stored in this area. We may provide you with a sign to post in or near the project area so your neighbors will know how to contact us to sign up for StreamCare, too.