PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — This time of year, families from all over the Portland area head to Sauvie Island to visit the many farms and maybe pick up some strawberries.
But the island ecosystem is in danger because a once thriving lake is getting choked off from the Columbia River. Thankfully, that’s about to change.
“Sauvie Island and this part of the river particularly is important for Chinook, especially fall Chinook seem to like this area especially,” says Scott Gall from West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District.
Hidden beyond a levee that cuts across Sauvie Island, most people drive past Sturgeon Lake without ever noticing it.
The levee was build decades ago to keep spring runoff from flooding the farm lands. But years of neglect and a small creek that runs from the Columbia is now choked off by debris from the 1996 flood.
It has nearly drained Sturgeon Lake. Watch the video report to find out more.