PORTLAND -- Police and ODOT crews worked in concert Thursday to remove nearly 20 tons of garbage and the residents of a homeless camp near Southeast 92nd and Flavel.

There was so much trash tossed into adjacent Johnson Creek that the mess interfered with fish going upstream to spawn. The squatters had torn down trees that aided the restoration of the stream.

ODOTspokesman Don Hamilton told KGW that a chamber pot was routinely dumped into Johnson Creek.

The camp also was adjacent to the popular Springwater Corridor bicycling and walking path.

Crews will finish the cleanup Monday, then begin habitat restoration destroyed by the campers.

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