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Hamilton Creek Restoration

The South Santiam Watershed Council has selected the Hamilton Creek subbasin as a priority for restoration and enhancement.  Through it’s involvement with the Willamette Model Watershed Program the SSWC is currently engaging landowners in conducting voluntary stream restoration practices.

As of 2013, the SSWC implemented riparian restoration at several areas along Hamilton Creek and its tributaries.  These sites feature the control of noxious, invasive weeds, planting with native trees and shrubs, and a robust maintenance program to ensure plant survival and rigor.  The native trees and shrubs assist in providing bank stability, habitat for fish and wildlife, and help maintain good water quality.

 

Hamilton Creek Before Restoration 2012
Hamilton Creek before riparian restoration was started in 2012.  Note the invasive blackberry on the left.
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Riparian restoration underway in 2013. Invasive blackberry is controlled and being replaced with native trees and shrubs.
Riparian plantings along Hamilton Creek help provide bank stability.
Riparian plantings along Hamilton Creek help provide bank stability.

 

Mission: To involve local people in the enhancement and protection of the South Santiam watershed for the social and economic benefit of its landowners, managers, and users.