Watch the 2013 film Un-Dam It!” The Story of Kellogg Dam by Straw Bale Films.

Photo from Un-Dam It! a film by Straw Bale Films

Background for Kellogg Creek and the Dam:
Kellogg Creek is a tributary of the Willamette River. The creek and its major tributary, Mt. Scott Creek, drain the western flanks of Mt. Scott. The 9,600-acre watershed includes private homes, commercial areas such as Clackamas Town Center, industrial areas, and roadways such as a length of I-205. This watershed also contains several large wetlands, parks, and natural areas. Due to their ecological potential, the creeks of the Kellogg Creek watershed are prioritized in local, regional, and state level recovery and resource management plans (Lower Columbia Conservation and Recovery Plan) for listed threatened salmon and steelhead who migrate through the Willamette River to spawn. By removing the dam, up to nine miles of critical salmonid habitat will be opened along Mt. Scott and Kellogg Creeks.

Kellogg Creek comes to an abrupt, unnatural end at Kellogg Dam. Built in 1858 to power a flour mill owned in part by Joseph Kellogg, today, Kellogg Dam serves no purpose. The dam’s presence now only serves to inhibit fish passage. Since its founding, NCWC has been part of a coalition of cities, agencies, community groups and private interests who have advocated for the removal of Kellogg Dam. The City of Milwaukie has been the lead on the dam removal campaign through their Kellogg-for-Coho Initiative (KFCI). The KFCI was active in the Portland Harbor Natural Resource Trustee Council’s work to identify areas along the Willamette River eligible to receive mitigation funds from the Superfund Portland Harbor Cleanup. While Kellogg Dam was initially one of the three projects region-wide that were selected to receive a comprehensive Habitat Evaluation Analysis by scientists from the NOAA Restoration Center, ultimately other sites were chosen for this funding. Over the years, we’ve invested extensively in habitat restoration and water quality improvements along both Kellogg and Mt. Scott Creeks through our SSP and other projects. However, the next step is to free Kellogg Creek.