Open house for Balm Grove scheduled at Gales Creek Church Nov. 15

Gales Creek – Partners involved in the restoration and dam removal project at Balm Grove will hold an open house – complete with a free dinner buffet –  at the Gales Creek Church of God on November 15 from 4 – 7 p.m.

RSVP for the buffet by November 12 by contacting Shannon Huggins at 503.681.3694 or hugginss@cleanwaterservices.org. 

Representatives from the Tualatin Soil & Water Conservation District, the Tualatin River Watershed Council, Clean Water Services, and others will be present at the community open house. 

In a statement released via email, the Tualatin River Watershed Council, a consortium of 23 environment and watershed-related organizations in the Tualatin Basin, noted community concerns and questions surrounding the project, and stated “this open house is an opportunity for informed dialogue about the expected effects of dam removal and the expected benefits for water quality, fish passage and overall watershed health.”

This is the second time this year that organizations and agencies behind the project have engaged with the Gales Creek community in a public gathering, after representatives from Clean Water Services were on the agenda at the Community Participation Organization 13 meeting in August

Balm Grove was sold by a private landowner to Clean Water Services in 2016. The water agency plans to remove the nearly century-old dam on Gales Creek on the property, in an effort to improve stream access for several fish species, and conduct stream and vegetation restoration projects in and around the creek. So far, the site has seen several outbuildings demolished and brush cleared, but not much else done yet. 

To view the full event flier, click HERE. More information about the project can also be read by visiting www.jointreeforall.org/balm-grove.

The Gales Creek Church of God is located in downtown Gales Creek at at 9170 NW Sargent Rd, Gales Creek, OR 97117.