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Join us for Neighborhood Slough Supper!

Join us for Neighborhood Slough Supper!

With the bustling holiday season behind us and a new decade in full swing, we invite you to join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council in continuing this season of celebration at our Neighborhood Slough Supper dinner party! On Thursday, February 27th, we are bringing our friends and neighbors together to learn about the Council’s community programs, conservation efforts, and the Vanport Placemarking Project, all while enjoying great food, local beer and wine, and live music at Kenton’s locally-owned Derby Restaurant.

Please join us for this special evening among friends of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and your North Portland neighborhood. Your reservation purchase will include a three course family-style dinner and drink ticket.

In addition to good food and company, you can also look forward to:
A full bar featuring ‘Signature Slough’ cocktails!
Learn more about the Vanport Placemarking Project!
Messages from your favorite Slough Staff!
Live music!
Raffle prizes!
Giving opportunities!

Date: Thursday, February 27th
Time: 6 - 9 PM; Dinner served at 6:45 PM
Location: Derby Kenton (8237 N Denver Ave, Portland, OR 97217)

Bring your friends and toast the magic that is the Columbia Slough. Purchase your tickets now before the event is full! All net proceeds will directly support the work of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and Vanport Placemarking Project.

Reserve Your Tickets Here!

Visit our event page to learn more.

slough supper

Come celebrate our volunteers!

Come celebrate our volunteers!

We love our Slough volunteers!

That’s why we’re throwing them a party—on Thursday, Jan 23rd from 6:30pm-9:00pm at Lucky Lab on N Killingsworth.

Stop by and see us in the private event room at Lucky Lab! Enjoy free drinks, pizza, a chance to win great prizes, and mingle with Slough staff and volunteers. We’ll also be doing a recap of our 2019 volunteer season, from paddle events to summer festivals to stewardship and more! We appreciate you!

Thank you so much for all your great work for our watershed in 2019 and beyond!

RSVP here!

Nestor Campos and Levee Ready Columbia Selected for Henrietta Awards!

Nestor Campos and Levee Ready Columbia Selected for Henrietta Awards!

We are happy to announce the 22nd anniversary of the Columbia Slough Watershed Environmental Awards presented by the Council - now dubbed the “Henrietta Awards,” after our mascot Henrietta the Great Blue Heron! Each year, the Council invites nominations for people, groups, and projects that have made a significant contribution to the health of our watershed. From the many amazing nominations received, we are thrilled to share that the 2020 awardees are Nestor Campos of Verde and the Levee Ready Columbia project. 

Leadership Award

Nestor Campos of Verde Nestor Campos is a Cully neighborhood community member and the Education Coordinator of Verde, a local non-profit. Nestor has made invaluable contributions to our watershed through his community engagement, mentorship, and leadership. For example, he has created a highly successful rain garden initiative at Verde that prioritizes low-income, single family homes and green workforce development while reducing stormwater runoff. He has also been integral in helping the Council develop successful bilingual events like Explorando and through his example, teaching our staff how to incorporate an environmental justice lens into our work. 

Achievement Award

Levee Ready Columbia Logo and map of levee system
The Levee Ready Columbia partners are committed to reducing flood risk along the Columbia River in the metropolitan area. This project surpassed a critical milestone in June 2019 when the Oregon legislature passed Senate Bill 431, authorizing the creation of a new special district that will provide resources to maintain our levee system with water quality, habitat, and landscape resilience goals in mind. This innovative approach to integrated floodplain management was made possible by the hard work and dedication of dozens of partners and the leadership of Reed Wagner, former Executive Director at Multnomah County Drainage District. . 

Awards to be presented at Gala on April 23

This year’s Gala will also be the Council’s 22nd presentation of our Environmental Henrietta Awards. Join us on April 23rd to honor the accomplishments and hard work of those who make the Columbia Slough watershed a wonderful place to live, work, and play.

Slough Celebration Gala
Thursday, April 23
Exchange Ballroom
123 NE 3rd Ave | Portland, OR 97232

Our Annual Report is Out!

Our Annual Report is Out!

We’ve had quite a year, and lots to show for it! We are thrilled to present our annual report, which tells the story of all the fun, learning and good you did with us from July 2018 to June 2019.

We have so much to be proud of – from cleaning our waterways, to teaching kids about groundwater and taking new friends on their very first paddle. Open up the report and look back with pride on everything we have achieved together.

Read the summary
Read the full report

These accomplishments are possible because of you. Please make a tax-deductible donation today to help us reach our year-end fundraising goals and bring about a more prosperous watershed in the new year.

Donate now!

Give the gift of salmon habitat at Holiday Tree Toss!

Give the gift of salmon habitat at Holiday Tree Toss!

Santa may deliver his gifts by sleigh, but this holiday season you can by canoe! Help us give the gift of habitat to salmon in the Slough!

With all the tinsel and lights removed, we will re-purpose discarded holiday trees by strategically inserting them into existing log jams to increase beneficial salmon habitat in the lower Columbia Slough. All are welcome at the Holiday Tree Toss!

This year, this highly popular event is taking place at Kelley Point Park on Jan 4th. The event is now waitlisted, but you can still add your name to our waitlist.

More information here!

Thank you so much to Stephen Rice for producing our event poster for the third year! Check out more of his artwork on Instagram: @yahwth

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