The purpose of the Metro Waterways Study is to provide a better understanding of existing problems and opportunities related to area waterways and to identify solutions to improve their function. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with the cities of Eugene and Springfield, Eugene Water & Electric Board, and Lane County, with the Bureau of Land Management as a Cooperating Agency (2009), has been conducting a multi-year study in the Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area and surrounding rural lands.
The first phase of the study has focused on the Amazon Creek watershed in the Eugene area and the Cedar Creek watershed in the Springfield area, based on local sponsor priorities. The two planning areas share the same overall watershed-based goals:
- Restore natural habitats along waterways, including main and side channel aquatic habitats, riparian, and wetland habitats
- Improve floodplain, riparian and aquatic ecological functions.
- Protect and improve water resources through reducing erosion, restoring channel complexity, increasing aquatic and riparian vegetation diversity.
- Avoid adverse impacts to floodplain function and flood elevations.
- Restore quality places for public use and community development.
Using the Corps’ six-step planning process, the study identifies restoration measures that are appropriate for addressing the problems and opportunities identified for similar sized reaches within each degraded waterway and at the overall watershed level. These measures are combined in various ways that result in different methods being used to achieve environmental outputs at the reach level. At the watershed system level these reach restoration options are used to formulate alternative restoration plans. The alternative restoration plans are then evaluated using both quantitative and qualitative criteria, including an environmental evaluation and a modified cost effectiveness and incremental evaluation procedure.
For each planning area, Cedar Creek and Amazon Creek, one restoration plan has been tentatively selected based on projected outputs for habitat restoration, water resource protection, repair of degraded aquatic, riparian, and floodplain habitats, and provision of multiple social benefits.
CURRENT STATUS: A Draft Feasibility Report with Integrated Programmatic Environmental Assessment is in review and will be posted on this web site in 2012 during the public review phase.
Appendix A: Waterway Assessments - Cedar Creek Priority Planning Area ( PDF)*
Appendix B: Waterway Assessments - Amazon Creek Priority Planning Area ( PDF)*
Appendix C: Without-Project Conditions Report ( PDF)*
Appendix D: Citizen Involvement Summary Report - 2005 ( PDF)*
Appendix E: Citizen Involvement Summary - 2006 ( PDF)*
Appendix F: Metropolitan Waterways Project - Section 905(b) Analysis ( PDF)*
Appendix G: Metro Waterways Study - Tool Box of Solutions ( PDF)*
Appendix H: Amazon Creek Planning Area Restoration Options (34 MB PDF)*
Appendix I: Cedar Creek Planning Area Restoration Options (8 MB PDF)*
Appendix J: Real Estate Plan (1 MB PDF)*
Appendix K: Memorandum for Record and Memorandum for Chief - Programmatic EA ( PDF)*
Appendix L: Memorandum of Understanding - BLM and US Army Corps ( PDF)*
Appendix M: Project Cost Estimates (1 MB PDF)*
2005 Fact Sheet (959 kb PDF)*
Summary of Previous Public Outreach Efforts
A total of three public workshops have been held in support of the study:
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