Willamette River Fish and Wildlife Habitat
A multi-million dollar multi-year project to restore Willamette River fish and wildlife habitat, a consistently innovative approach to reducing mining operation impacts on nearby neighbors, a site where mining operations began more than 100 years ago, and a late mine owner whose vision for reclamation ensured fish and wildlife habitat protection are among those recognized for their outstanding efforts during the 2015 calendar year.
Outstanding Reclamation: River Bend Sand & Gravel Co. of Salem for ongoing water quality protection and thoughtful operation practices that supported final reclamation – which included planting more than 20,000 native tree seedlings and grasses and creating wetland areas – at the Ellendale Quarry site near Dallas, Ore.
The Meridian combined many of the positive characteristics found in the best construction projects: team work, community improvement, aesthetic value, and recognition. RiverBend partnered with General Contractor John Hyland Construction from Eugene, and concrete subcontractor Marion Construction of Salem. A high level of cooperation supported the project, which replaced a worn-down economy hotel. The finished product is beautiful, valuable, and a new part of Salem’s vibrant downtown. The Meridian was one of 11 statewide winners of the 2009 Excellence in Concrete award, presented by the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association.