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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 info@columbiaslough.org.

 

Get involved as our videographer volunteer!

Saturday October 11, 10:45am

We’re happy to announce the opening of our Videographer Volunteer positions. Each year the Council produces humorous video shorts about our Slough Celebration award winners. Help us make the videos!

Learn more at our volunteer program by visiting our Volunteer Opportunities page.

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!

Connecting the Community to the Watershed

Monday June 02, 3:24pm

Learn about our work in the Columbia Slough Watershed.
Pro bono video production by Jeff Ball.

Register Your Fred Meyer Card to support the slough!

Monday March 03, 5:50pm

Are you a Fred Meyer customer? Support the Slough just by getting groceries! Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million each year - up to $625,000 each quarter to community organizations - make this support go to work for your watershed! All you have to do is link your Rewards Card and use it when you shop at Fred Meyer. By registering your card you are helping decide what these funds support.

To register your card visit: www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards  Register and then add Columbia Slough Watershed Council as your Community Rewards organization. Search for organization number: 83957

Questions?  Give us a call at: (503) 281-1132 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Slough Celebration Videos

Wednesday February 19, 11:43am

Each year we honor Slough Celebration award winners with a humorous video that gives a glimpse of their work and why they received the honor.  This years award recipients are:

Leadership Award

Jeff Locke - Friends of Smith & Bybee Lakes: Active steward of Smith and Bybee Wetlands Natural Area and dedicated proponent of recreation opportunities in the Watershed. Check out Jeff’s video here.
Corky Collier - Columbia Corridor Association: Long-time Council member and advocate for business practices and programs that have had a positive impact on the Watershed. Check out Corky’s video here.

Achievement Award

Jeremy AAsum - Graphic Designer: Developed a functional, modern and user-friendly website that greatly increased the impact of the Council’s outreach efforts. Check out Jeremy’s video here.
Recology - Stormwater Treatment Facility: Developed innovative ways to include their employees, a neighboring business and the greater community in their stormwater management. Check out Recology’s video here.

Whitaker Ponds Award

David McFarland - Creator of Whitaker Ponds: Forest Among the Factories. This inspirational film highlights the unique nature of Whitaker Ponds. Check out David’s video here.

View photos from the event here and on Facebook.

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