Slough News

Here’s what’s new in the Slough!

For more information about Council events and programs please contact our staff at 503-281-1132 or email


CANCELLED: Wilkes Headwaters summer stewardship event for 6/1

Thursday June 11, 11:35am

The Wednesday, July 1st Wilkes Headwaters watering and weeding work party had to be cancelled due to some our-of-order equipment.

Wednesday, July 1st, 9:00am - 12:00pm - CANCELLED
Tuesday, July 28th, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Each event is at our Wilkes Creek Headwaters site.

Explorando el Columbia Slough

Tuesday May 19, 1:33pm

Saturday June 13th, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave., Portland, OR 97218

¡Celébrase la naturaleza en la ciudad y el ambiente del Columbia Slough!  Este festival bilingüe de la familia y el medio ambiente ofrece actividades en español y ingles para todos las edades.  Explorando es gratis y incluye: viajes en canoas con una guía, música en vivo,  baile folklórico, cuentos e historias bilingües, artes, actividades y más!  El primer 300 personas les recibirán camisetas gratis del Explorando.

Celebrate nature in the city and the environment of the Columbia Slough! This bilingual family environmental festival offers activities in Spanish and English for all ages. Explorando is free, and includes: guided canoe trips, live music, folk dancing, storytelling, arts & crafts, workshops, and more!  The first 300 visitors receive a free Explorando t-shirt.

NOTE: No es necesario para registrarse.
No registration necessary.

VOLUNTEERS still needed for this event!  Interested? as Register here.

Ride Your Bike to the Event!

Arrive at Explorando in style by joining the community bike ride to the event. Bikes are available for loan (limited quantity) Explorando Bike Ride

Bike Ride Meeting Time: 12:00 PM
Location: 6736 NE Killingsworth Portland, OR 97218

Bike riders will enjoy the event for a couple hours and then return as a group to 6736 NE Killingsworth Portland, OR 97218

Questions? Contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (503) 281-1132

İVen al evento en tu bicicleta!

Es una forma de llegar con estilo al evento “Explorando el Columbia Slough”.  Si no tienes una bicicleta, podemos prestarte una de las que tendremos disponibles (numero limitado de bicicletas).

Hora de partida:12 del mediodía
Lugar:  6736 NE Killingsworth, Portland OR, 97218
Tenemos planeado en regresar al lugar de partida (6736 NE Killingsworth) a las 4 PM.

Si tienes preguntas por favor envíanos un correo a .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) o por teléfono al (503) 281-1132.


Looking for photos or videos from Slough Celebration?

Wednesday February 11, 2:42pm

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.

Slough Stories

Tuesday February 10, 1:48pm

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).

Aquifer Adventure -  a Piratey Sucess!

Monday September 22, 10:06am

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.

Aquifer Adventure is a part of the outreach efforts of the Portland Water Bureau’s Groundwater Protection Program. The Cities of Portland, Gresham and Fairview have implemented this program to protect the Columbia South Shore Well Field – a drinking water source for over 900,000 Oregonians. One of the main goals of the groundwater protection program is to educate people and businesses about how to prevent pollutants and chemical spills from seeping into the ground where they could impact our drinking water. The cooperation of everyone living and working in the protection area is crucial to keeping our drinking water safe. 

Over the past twelve years, over 4,000 attendees have learned about the importance of groundwater through this free event. The response from participants has been overwhelmingly positive. It’s exciting to see connections even a three year old can make about where their water comes from. And of course, it’s fun to dress up like a pirate. There’s nothing like putting on an eye patch and bandana to get you excited about groundwater!

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