Water levels in Glencoe Swale are being infuenced by more than weather and the activity of our resident beaver population. Recently, more than once, Hillsboro Public Works Department workers actively breached structures along Glencoe Swale.
Actions taken are dramatically impacting the ecology of wetland systems. For example:
- Areas that have typically been submerged are now mudflats
- Ponds and pondlets that provide habitat for fish, and various beneficial mosquito-eating larvae are flushed out.
- Feeding areas, and shelter for wetland birds like Great Egrets, Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfishers, Virginia Rail, various ducks, and others are compromised.
- Painted turtles habitat is compromised.
A meeting has been requested to discuss this situation. No date or time has been determined yet.
In the meantime, please share your thoughts about this… even if you do not live on or near Glencoe Swale… So we can begin to collect talking points.
Glencoe Swale is home to vibrant wildlife habitat… an ecosystem that is particularly evident between The Emma Jones Nature Preserve near NE 15th Street and the Swale’s confluence with McKay Creek near NW Padgett Road in Hillsboro, Oregon.