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Restoring community streams in Rainier, Oregon

A History of Fox and Nice Creeks (1950-Present)

1950s

City builds dam for domestic water on Fox Creek at stream mile 1.5

City, school district channel Fox Creek into 300-foot culvert at school site, build playing field

1973

Fox Creek floods elementary school site

1974?

450 feet of culvert is installed to carry Fox Creek between C Street and Highway 30

1986

City installs 900 feet of culvert to carry Nice Creek through parkland fill to Columbia River

1986

City and Corps of Engineers install 550 feet of culvert to carry Fox Creek from railroad to river

1995

November: Fox Creek floods school site, ruins gymnasium floor

1996

February: Fox Creek floods school site, Highway 30 and city park

1996

August: Rainier School District daylights 300 feet of Fox Creek at elementary school site

2001

Corps/City daylight 550 feet of Fox Creek between railroad and river

2001

City moves to extend A Street through park, improve West 6th Street, develop park plan, build senior center, connect to private senior housing project

2001

Friends of Fox Creek urges City to design 6th Street roadway to avoid filling open stretch of Nice Creek and allow possible future daylighting of the creek through the city park

2002

City agrees to FFC’s requests amid clamor for access roads to proposed senior center

2005

Corps/City stabilize Fox Creek banks near mouth and re-vegetate with native plants

2005

FFC and City fail to dissuade Longview Fibre from logging 62-acre forest on Nice Creek until funding can be acquired to purchase the plot for a forest park. Fibre sells standing forest to logger and underlying land to developer.

2006

Nice Creek forest is logged and housing development is planned

2007

December: Fox Creek floods part of school site (now Riverside Community Church land)