Gorrie Creek Riparian Restoration


SUB Well Fields, Springfield, OR

Target Habitat

Rivers and streams – Riparian


2017 – 19

Project Size

1.2 acres 


 Springfield Utility Board (landowner)



We would like to welcome Springfield Utility Board (SUB) to our growing list of restoration partners in the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed! In fall 2017 we began working with SUB to restore riparian habitat along Gorrie Creek in Springfield. Gorrie Creek is important to our community because it recharges SUB’s wellfield, which provides drinking water to the residents of Springfield. Our restoration contractors from R. Franco Restoration removed invasive vegetation like reed canary grass and Himalayan blackberries then replanted the area with 3000 native riparian plants. Native plants will eventually provide more shade than invasive plants, reducing water temperature and improving water quality. Native plants also have deeper and more complex root systems which create more pathways for water to percolate through the soil and recharge the groundwater. Thanks, SUB, for caring about the water we drink!