Columbia Slough Watershed Council


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


Volunteer Photographer needed!

Volunteer Photographer needed!

Volunteers with quality equipment and a keen eye are needed to photograph our Stewardship Saturday events this Winter! Your photographs enhance our outreach materials and the narratives we provide to our funders. Add to your portfolio and assist a respected non-profit. We need you.

January 23rd: Kelley Point Park

January 30th: Columbia Children’s Arboretum
February 13th: Smith and Bybee Wetlands
February 20th: Columbia Children’s Arboretum
February 27th: Wilkes Creek Headwaters
March 12th: Baltimore Woods
April 2nd: Johnson Lake Property
April 23rd: Wilkes Headwaters Earth Day Celebration

Limited equipment (small digital cameras) available to loan, personal equipment preferred.

For more information contact our volunteer coordinator at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call (503) 281-1132.

Save the date for our 18th Annual Slough Celebration Gala!

Save the date for our 18th Annual Slough Celebration Gala!

Melody Ballroom
615 Southeast Alder Street
Portland, OR 97214

Friday, February 5, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Each year at the Slough Celebration, the Columbia Slough Watershed Council honors individuals, programs and activities that have shown outstanding leadership and achievement in support of our mission: to foster action to protect, enhance, restore and revitalize the Columbia Slough and its watershed.

Click here and learn more about this special evening.

Looking for a service opportunity for your business or community group?

Looking for a service opportunity for your business or community group?

Did you know that Columbia Slough Watershed Council offers group volunteering experiences throughout the calendar year? Your group is welcome to join us this Winter for Stewardship Saturdays, our outdoor restoration events or in Summer 2016 for events like Explorando el Columbia Slough, our bilingual nature festival. Group volunteering is a great way to build camaraderie, get exercise and serve your community - join us!

Take a look at our Volunteer Partnerships info sheet for more information and get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator, Hanna Davis, for more information.

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

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).

Aquifer Adventure -  a Piratey Sucess!

Aquifer Adventure -  a Piratey Sucess!

On Saturday, September 12th 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 thirteenth 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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