Here’s what’s new in the Slough!
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Noticias del Columbia Slough
Aquifer Adventure is around the corner, Mate!
Join us on September 14th for a free family festival featuring over 60 pirates, free ice cream, free boat rides and free t shirts! Aquifer Adventure celebrates our groundwater resources at this unique children’s festival by providing hands on science-based activities, with a pirate flare! For more information, please check out this link!
Register today for Regatta 2019!
Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Regatta, an on the water paddle festival like no other, Sunday, August 11th from 10am to 2pm at the Multnomah County Drainage District (MCDD) office! Regatta celebrates recreation opportunities on Portland’s hidden gem of local waterways, the Columbia Slough. Regatta is not actually a race; this family friendly event is a fun paddle for experienced and novice paddlers alike.
The event features donation-based 45-minute canoe and kayak rentals (all equipment provided) for registered attendees. Before and after paddling, participants can visit with local environmental and water-based organizations, enjoy hands-on activities, live music, food trucks, and walking tours of a levee system! Free t-shirts will be provided while supplies last!
Advanced registration is required here or by calling (503) 281-1132. Participants with their own human-powered watercraft and safety equipment are also welcome to register at the link above. Crews will be available to help unload and transport boats.
Check out the event page to learn more!
Galmour shots from an amazing Gala!
Even though a few weeks have passed, we are still relishing in the glory an amazing Slough Celebration Gala! Thanks to the generosity and support of our donors, staff, volunteers, and all who attended the Gala, we were able to surpass our fundraising goal. Thank you also to Traveling Julie Photography and Portland Event Photography for capturing some of our favorite moments of the night:
Welcome New Executive Director, Cathy Kellon
Dear CSWC Community,
After a wide-ranging search, we are excited to announce a new Executive Director for our organization. We have chosen Cathy Kellon to lead our agency into 2019 and going forward. Her experience, credentials and leadership skills are a great match for what our organization needs in order to meet the challenges which await us in the future.
Here is a little background for people who do not know anything about Cathy:
Cathy P. Kellon has over 18 years of experience developing and applying strategic approaches to improve habitat for native fish and wildlife, expand public awareness about the value of nature’s services, and increase community access to clean water. Most recently, Cathy was the Working Waters Director at the nonprofit organization, The Geos Institute, where she co-founded the Drinking Water Providers Partnership and led efforts to restore streams in the Pacific Northwest to benefit native fish habitat and drinking water supplies. Previously, she led the Water and Watersheds Program and the State of the Salmon Program at Ecotrust. She has served on the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council and Carpe Diem West’s Healthy Headwaters Leadership Team. Cathy earned her Masters degree in Geography, with a minor in Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, from Oregon State University.
Please join us as we welcome Cathy Kellon to our organization.
Chairperson, CSWC Board of Directors
Congratulations Award Winners!
Each year at the CSWC Celebration Gala, we recognize three individuals, groups, organizations or projects that have made extraordinary contributions to protect, enhance, restore, and revitalize the Columbia Slough and its watershed.
Leadership Award: McKinstry Company
We are happy to present our 2019 Leadership Award to McKinstry Company. Mckinstry has been a long time supporter of the Council’s mission on several fronts. For years they have supported the council through event sponsorships, team building restoration events and by allowing the Council to hold public events for free at their LEED Certified facility. This past year, McKinstry hosted the Council’s first business focused outreach event, allowing us to make new business contacts and promote our mission within the business community.
McKinstry created an employee giving program to support Council work through employee donations, and has also organized annual employee stewardship events restoring riparian habitat in the watershed. The stewardship work includes maintaining important turtle nesting mounds in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation right in their own backyard. Employees also organized pulling blackberry from Heron Pointe wetlands and protecting trees along the slough from beaver damage by installing fencing around trees. We are excited to work with McKinstry’s team to help steward the watershed and bring community together to restore the watershed.
Achievement Award: David Biggs
As a volunteer video producer, David Biggs has been creating our promotional and gala videos since 2016. He has tirelessly worked to communicate the work of the Council to the Portland metro area through his video storytelling. Without David’s countless volunteer hours, the CSWC would have a much smaller mediapresence.
David creates these videos with extreme care and independence while ensuring the product is exactly what the Council needs. As the videos are polished and professional, staff are able to use them even after the Gala to showcase specific program areas, they are helpful both as funding and outreach tools. He has selflessly created products that we can use in a multitude of ways, that help tell our story and garner support for our work. His work has helped to showcase our mission-driven work, year after year. He is a very talented storyteller, director, editor and artist. We are lucky to have him tell our story.
David lives with his family in Southeast Portland and likes to paddle sections of the Willamette River with the goal of completing the full river trail, eventually.
Achievement Award: Linda Robinson
Linda Robinson’s is a community organizer whose immeasurable efforts have developed and protected parks and natural areas throughout Portland. Linda helped found, and now leads, the East Portland Parks Coalition, chairs the Parks Committee of the Hazelwood Neighborhood Association, is a Friends of Gateway Green board member, served on the Portland Parks Board for seven years, was a founding member of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and served on the CSWC Board of Directors from 1995 until 2018.
We are pleased to present Linda with an Achievement Award for her long term service to the Council. Recently Linda has led the diligent community organizing work to establish and develop Gateway Green, a 25-acre open space and recreation area in the Gateway neighborhood. The park will increase neighborhood access to recreation and open space, connect park users to the 40-mile loop trail system, and feature sustainable technologies and native plants that will increase habitat and improve water quality in the slough watershed. Linda has patiently and persistently worked towards a community vision for Gateway Green since the Gateway Urban Renewal Plan was released in 2001 and continues to organize and advocate as phases of it are completed.
Linda was born in Portland and has lived in east Portland since 1974. When not doing volunteer work, Linda enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, birding and bicycling.