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Here’s what’s new in the Slough!

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Position Opening - Education Director

Tuesday October 28, 11:35am

Now accepting applications for the position of Education Director!  For position description and details see the employment section of our website.

Get involved with new internships and volunteer positions!

Saturday October 11, 10:45am

We’re happy to announce the opening of our Development Intern and Videographer Volunteer positions. Learn more at our volunteer program by visiting our Volunteer Opportunities page.

Plus, we’re still accepting Office Volunteers for the fall season and Stewardship Saturdays are about to begin. Are you a member of a local organization or business looking for a groups service opportunity? Partner up with us for a Stewardship Saturday activity! Get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Hanna Davis at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

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!

New Volunteer positions now open!

Tuesday September 16, 4:35pm

We’re now accepting volunteers for the fall season of Slough School - help connect kids to the outdoors and provide support as these students get to know what it’s like to be a real field scientist! Take a look at the complete position description and see if Slough School is the right volunteer opportunity for you!

Or, join us indoors as part of our office team. We’re now accepting office assistant volunteers to help manage the day-to-day workings of the office. We couldn’t run smoothly without this team. Join today! View the full position description and application instructions to learn more.

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.

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