Buffalo Flats Floodplain Restoration
The Buffalo Flats Floodplain Restoration project is located east and adjacent to the city of Union, Oregon
and within the Catherine Creek Watershed. The Project Area includes approximately 240 acres of the
historic floodplain of Catherine Creek and Little Creek as they enter the Grande Ronde Valley. The
proposed project area is in private ownership and has been in agricultural operations over the last
century. The project is currently in the initial planning and feasibility determination phase.
We recognize the complexity of the natural river system and the need to minimize potential for impacts
from actions on nearby areas, and will carefully consider the ramifications of design alternatives on the
local community. The project will be designed to not increase the risk of flood damage or flood water elevations from the existing conditions on neighboring properties and structures and will maintain the utility of existing infrastructure.
The combination of restoration actions will be designed to meet the following project goals:
The first Buffalo Flats Focus group meeting will be held September 28th from 6:00-8:30pm via Zoom. While participation will be limited to Focus Group members and agency staff, the meeting will be open to the public to listen and observe. The agenda with the meeting link and phone number will be posted one week in advance of the meeting.
This meeting is designed to provide a project update to Focus Group members affirming the project area, project timeline and activities currently anticipated for the project, along with addressing Focus Group questions. The meeting will also outline next steps in the decision-making process and future focus group engagement opportunities.
The table below describes the expected activities for each design milestone by functional area (design,
funding, permitting, public outreach):
Project Design Milestones