This week saw a return to active construction on the Southern Flow Corridor (SFC) Project, with contractor Thompson Bros. Excavating (TBE) mobilizing to the site. The SFC project managers and TBE actively monitored the site over the winter and responded to minimal storm-related impacts during that time. Work is now expected to continue throughout the rest of the summer with project completion in late September.
TBE will complete the remaining habitat restoration work, install the final culverts and tide gates as well as finish final grading and rocking of the levees. At the old mill site along Front Street in Tillamook, TBE will finish the placement of tree berms and plantings, and construct a parking area for future recreational use opportunities.
The SFC project is intended to provide flood reduction benefits by removing man-made impediments to flood flow and to permanently restore and protect tidal wetland habitats. This was largely accomplished last summer by extensive removal of old levees and fill around the Trask and Wilson rivers and the smaller sloughs. This project will provide a substantial public benefit through the reduction of flood risks to life and property, improvement of water quality, and enhancement of habitat for native fish and wildlife species, including the federally-listed Oregon Coast coho salmon.
The public is reminded that the entire 640 acre work site is closed to public use for the duration of the summer project. Heavy equipment will operate fairly continuously on the 2 ½ miles of setback levees constructed last summer and upon which many locals have recently become accustomed to hiking. Public access may resume in areas which will later be designated once the project is fully completed.
Further questions may be directed to Project Manager Aaron Palter at 503 842-2413 x116.