OBEC worked closely with the City of Wilsonville to help them successfully complete their first stream restoration project ever. The team recovered habitat vital for Chinook salmon, steelhead, and cutthroat trout by removing a decades-old corrugated metal culvert that prevented upstream fish passage on Boeckman Creek. OBEC's engineers designed a new crossing reusing a timber pedestrian bridge removed by the City from another site. The new bridge provides a public overlook of the newly improved riparian habitat below.
The stream channel was also reshaped to remove the drop at the old culvert outlet and grade control measures were constructed of natural materials and plants, adding complexity and diversity to the channel.
The project demonstrated responsible, sustainable stewardship of state resources, acknowledged when the project won the 2006 State Land Board Stream Project Award.