At its Saturday, June 27th meeting in Newport, Oregon, the Oregon Geographic Names Board unanimously approved the name “Lamprey Creek” for the unnamed Oak Creek tributary that originates in the Skyline West Neighborhood. Board members were very complimentary about the nomination packet advanced by Marys River Watershed Council and community volunteers (Dave Eckert, Jeremy Monroe, and Gabe Sheoships). The proposal now advances to the US Geological Survey for final approval.
Once the naming is finalized, we will work with City of Corvallis staff and other supporters of the creek naming to host a celebration. We will keep you posted!
Doreene Carpenter says
It is wonderful that the creek is being recognized. I fondly hope that signage will include the native name (sorry, I do not recall it) along with “Lamprey” wherever the creek is identified. The indigenous people did not need it to be “discovered” by “us.”