What People Are Saying:

"It felt like a great escape from the classroom, and made me wish we could take our kids outside every day. We slowly walked back to school, wishing to be outside all day." — Partner Teacher with our Slough School Program

What People Are Saying:

"I love this program and look forward to participating (in the future). My granddaughter was very uneasy with "the forest" and many of its creatures. Tad Pole Tales has turned her into a real nature enthusiast....day hikes, camping worms, and much more. " — Tadpole Tales Participant

What People Are Saying:

"It (Slough School) gave students a chance to learn science material, which has become rare due to increasing educational demands." — Teacher

Recent News

  • Looking for photos or videos from Slough Celebration?

    A selection of photos from the event are posted on our Facebook page.  All images are available on Flickr.

    Each award winner was honored with a humorous video skit that highlights their work.  View this year’s award videos here.

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  • Congratulations Slough Celebration Award Winners!

    Congratulations to our 2014 Slough Celebration Award Winners!  We had a great time celebrating with you at Slough Celebration. Leadership Award Winner Randy Belston - City of Portland was honored for his innovative work with Reynolds High School students. Our first Achievement Award Winner this year was Don Goldberg - Trust for Public Land for his work on the Colwood Property Project. Also receiving the Achievement Award was the Mason Flats Stormwater-Wetland Restoration Project, City of Portland. In addition to celebrating the award winners you helped us raise over $25,000; our greatest show of support at Slough Celebration Gala to date.  All proceeds go to support the Council’s important work educating our community and improving the health of our watershed. Thank you!

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  • Slough Stories

    The Columbia Slough Watershed Council celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and there are a thousand stories to tell. This video is a compilation of a few of the stories told at the Slough Stories event in November 2014. This is part of an effort to document efforts large and small that have improved the Columbia Slough watershed and raised public awareness of the waterway and the region. Enjoy this trip down memory lane (or should we say a paddle down memory slough).

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  • Aquifer Adventure -  a Piratey Sucess!

    On Saturday, September 13th over 500 pirates of all ages joined the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for an event like no other, a pirate-themed groundwater education festival. Now in its twelfth year, Aquifer Adventure teaches families about our underground treasure - not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows below our feet!

    The event featured a groundwater obstacle course, water conservation activities, information on green household cleaners, edible aquifers made from ice cream, canoe rides on the Columbia Slough and more. Attendees also had the chance to explore a drinking water well site and learn how a real aquifer works from Portland Water Bureau experts.

    What makes groundwater so important?  Groundwater from the Columbia South Shore Well Field is a secondary source of drinking water for Portland and is a critical component of the region’s drinking water system. Groundwater is used to help meet higher summer water demands and to provide water during emergencies or when Portland’s primary drinking water source, the Bull Run watershed, is not available. Having a back-up water supply source also helps the City avoid having to build and operate an expensive water filtration plant for the Bull Run source.

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Council Meeting

Monday February 23, 5:00pm

The Council's monthly meeting. Open to visitors.

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Slough 101

Saturday March 14, 9:00am

Learn Slough basics at this free workshop.

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Stewardship Saturday: Wilkes Creek Headwaters

Saturday March 14, 9:00am

Wilkes Creek is a part of the Slough system. Learn more and help keep it healthy for this Stewardship Saturday event!

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