That's what nearby neighbors called it. On a hot summer day you could smell it before you could see it.
Up Fanno Creek chronicles the life and near death of a small urban stream in Portland, Oregon. In the 1960s the once flourishing stream was so overcome by agricultural waste, raw sewage, and industrial pollutants that it was on the verge of extinction. It also posed a health risk so severe that it helped shut down all residential and commercial development in its area for almost a year.Thanks to the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972, and the efforts of a small army of wetland advocates, the creek has recovered significantly from more than a century of mostly unchecked or poorly regulated land use practices. But the long term outlook for Fanno Creek's existence is anything but rosy, as Eric Lindstrom quickly learned when he set out to discover his personal watershed address. Up Fanno Creek tells his story as well, and in the process shows what it means to become a wetlands advocate, accidentally or otherwise.
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ISBN 978-0-988 1884-0-2