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


Congratulations Slough Celebration Award Winners

Tuesday December 23, 10:51am

17th Annual Slough Celebration

February 6th, 2015
6:00-9:30 PM

The Melody Ballroom
To learn more about this event, visit our event page.

Leadership Award Winner
Randy Belston - City of Portland – Bureau of Environmental Services – Water Pollution Control Lab: Initiated partnership with Roosevelt High School to connect students with the lab to promote environmental awareness and environmental family wage career opportunities in their neighborhood.  He is passionate about protecting waterways and connecting students to meaningful work. 

Achievement Award Winners
Colwood Property Project: Don Goldberg - Trust for Public Land, with support from City of Portland Parks and Recreation, Warren Jimenez and Bureau of Environment Services, Shannah Anderson, and Trammell Crow Co., Steve Sieber.  Project that overcame difficult circumstances, differing objectives, and opposing parties to create an effective private-public solution.  The final result accommodated the desires of developers for industrial land and the community for a park and natural habitat areas. 

Mason Flats Stormwater-Wetland Restoration Project - Dave Helzer, Chris Lastomirsky, Sean Bistoff, Brad Huard, Lynn Barlow, Mart Hughes, Patty Nelson, Ryan Durocher, Ken Finney, and Susan Barthel, City of Portland: A flat reed canary grass dominated site transformed into a stormwater facility with open water, large snags, turtle nesting material, and tens of thousands of native plants creating a complex habitat supporting a diverse array of birds and wildlife.


Individual Reservation $55 - Ticket, Dinner, 1 drink ticket
Special Guest $75 - Ticket with seating near stage, Dinner, 2 drink tickets

To Purchase Tickets Online: Click here.

To purchase tickets in person or by check contact: Outreach Director Penny Beckwith,

.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), (503) 281-1132

Mail checks to:
Columbia Slough Watershed Council
7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218

Questions? Contact Outreach Director Penny Beckwith,

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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:  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).

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