Project Updates

Updates are provided to Focus Group members and Union City Council periodically as the project approaches or completes milesstones noted in the timeline, or if there are any significant changes to the project status.

August 2022 Update 

Current Activities: Restoration designs for Little Creek and Catherine Creek continue to be on separate tracks because of the differences in their size and scale, physical modifications and infrastructure, and water rights that must be considered. The accuracy and quality of analysis is much higher if the two stream systems are evaluated separately, while still considering the entire project as a combined area. Due to its lesser complexity, Little Creek is furthest along—project activities in Little Creek are expected to start prior to work on Catherine Creek. We are still very early in the evaluation process, and no firm project decisions or commitments have been made. 

Little Creek: The15% design plans and draft Basis of Design report has been reviewed by Bonneville Power Administration and approved for moving toward a 30% level. The design engineers have been provided a scope of work by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for the 30% design effort on Little Creek. Additional land survey information is being collected during 2022 and additional assessment results will be completed and reported in the 30% draft designs due in Fall 2022.

Catherine Creek: The Grande Ronde Model Watershed is working with the Oregon Department of Transportation to conduct a feasibility and cost-estimate for relocating a portion of Highway 203 along Catherine Creek. 

Technical Information: The 15% Design Report for Little Creek is now available on the project website. The Little Creek Basis Design Report and hydrologic modeling reports are available upon request.   

Public Outreach: USWCD has updated the project’s online Frequently Asked Questions resource sheet and posted it to the project website (http://unionswcd.org/buffalo-flats.html) along with other project technical documents. The USWCD also plans to reconvene the project’s established Focus Group to meet and review the 30% design package when that becomes available.