Blog Stories A Creek Crawls Through It

A Creek Crawls Through It

By Daniela Sardo, January 31, 2019

Don’t let Johnson Creek’s short course fool you, this river runs deep in our area’s history and landscape. In the relatively short span of 25 miles, this water winds its way down from the foothills of the Cascades through our backyards on its path to the Willamette, the Columbia, then the great expanse beyond. A constant connection from the highs to the lows, uniting country and town from rural to suburban to urban.

Through rill and rapid, this ribbon of life was once fishing and hunting ground for the Chinook tribes that dwelt here long before the European settlers came. After their arrival, they began clearing the rich forest surrounding the creek and developing long-standing agriculture and industry. Johnson Creek takes its name from one of the settlers, a man who used the runnel to power his eponymous sawmill. The mill faded into history, but the name remains.

In the 2oth century, the creek faced challenges to its health and course. As residential development increased and encroached, the stream was made to suit the purposes of those living on its banks. The river’s run was altered and straightened; it was lined with non-porous stones and materials to enact flood-control measures which only increased the severity of the inevitable deluges. In the last 30-40 years, significant strides have been made to return the creek to a more natural state and repairing its riparian zones. To learn more about what you can do to preserve and protect this feature, check out the Johnson Creek Watershed Council.

Daniela Sardo

Broker Licensed in OR & WA

You might see me riding my motorcycle down a long winding Oregon country road in Eagle Creek, or scooting in-and-out of traffic in NE Portland, as I make my way through Last Thursday on Alberta. When given the chance, I’m exploring the different neighborhoods and communities that make Oregon a beautiful place to live, and the place that I call home. With an advanced degree in education and many years experience in the high-tech industry, I have the drive and experience to take people through the ever-changing landscape of Real Estate. I began my career well over 10 years ago and realized the  passion I have in working with both buyers and sellers. I’m known for outstanding client service, extensive availability, and am a skilled negotiator with my client’s best interests at heart. I believe it is my duty to represent my clients to the best of my ability but also to educate them throughout every step of the process armed with the information to make the best decisions possible. My business is 100% referral based and I count each and every client I have worked with as a friend today. I am an experienced Realtor in first-time home buying, short sales, HUD and bank owned properties.
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