Pamplin Media Group – Clackamas WES awards $300,000 in grants to protect watersheds


Water Environment Services provides 12 organizations with RiverHealth Stewardship funds

Clackamas Water Environment Services announced $300,000 in grants this summer through its RiverHealth Stewardship Program to 12 organizations dedicated to protecting local watersheds.

WES grants will support a variety of activities that restore habitat, manage invasive plant species, organize community volunteer events, provide watershed science education, remove waste from waterways, and improve water quality. ‘water.

Organizations receiving the grant funds include:

• Bob’s Red Mill ($27,000), which will restore 4.5 acres of wetlands in the Mt. Scott Creek watershed by removing invasive species and litter and installing native plants. This project will include a work event for employees and the installation of birdhouses.

• Clackamas River Basin Council ($30,000), which will work on 6 acres of riparian habitat and 1,200 feet of river and stream at two new sites along Sieben Creek and the main arm of the Clackamas River. His project includes stewardship courses and volunteer work groups.

• Columbia Land Trust and Portland Audubon ($17,250): The Backyard Habitat Certification Program works with residents to reduce or eliminate pesticide use, eliminate priority weeds and plant native vegetation.

These actions keep man-made chemicals out of waterways, cool land and water, and help pollinators and birds survive and thrive.

• Friends of Trees ($30,000), which will build on previous restoration efforts and volunteer engagement in the Rock Creek watershed, conduct outreach to recruit future restoration properties and engage youth through hands-on environmental education.

Volunteers will plant trees at Mitchell Creek (Johnson Creek Watershed) and Upper Rock Creek.

• Happy Valley Heights HOA ($27,903): Three homeowner associations will collaborate on riparian and riparian treatments to restore watershed health to Happy Valley. This work will be coordinated with the larger Mt. Scott Creek Watershed Action Plan, with support from the North Clackamas Watersheds Council.

• Johnson Creek Watershed Council ($28,620), which will engage more than 200 volunteers in stewardship or educational activities. The council will host the annual Johnson Creek Cleanup, Watershed Wide event at the Mitchell Creek, Science in the Park site and increase private landowner shoreline restoration participation in the CreekCare program.

• North Clackamas School District ($16,035): Located at Oregon Trail Elementary on a strip of riparian forest along a tributary of Rose Creek in Happy Valley, this project will use the site to connect students and the community the benefits of improving watershed health.

The funding will provide class visits, art projects, volunteer cleanup and planting events, and student work groups with Sabin Schellenberg Career and Technical Center for Forestry and Natural Resources.

• North Clackamas Watersheds Council ($29,992), which will expand its riparian restoration program to 80 acres, focusing on habitat contiguous to Mt. Scott Creek, lowering stream temperatures, reducing erosion and improving water quality.

Expanded online workshops will seek to provide landowners with an understanding of the function of the watershed in the field and gain knowledge of how actions on a property affect the watershed as a whole.

• Rivers of Life Center ($25,000), which will unify the elements of a three-year investment in Eagle’s Landing, enhancing an existing waterfront and educational corridor. Work will include adding native plants, which will cover waterways damaged by the 2021 ice storm and heat dome, removing English ivy, establishing dens for native animals and -Nesting forms for predatory birds.

• The Wetlands Conservancy ($28,250), which will provide stewardship to Hearthwood Wetlands, increasing the area over previous efforts. Wisdom of the Elders plans to help use traditional ecological knowledge and hire volunteers to weed, plant and pick up litter at this headwaters of Kellogg’s Creek.

• Tualatin River Watershed Council ($29,950), which will address limiting factors such as high water temperatures, low dissolved oxygen and high suspended sediments by engaging with private landowners on four tributaries of the lower Tualatin River to remove invasive plant species and plant native vegetation. DNA sampling will determine if Pacific lamprey, steelhead salmon, coho salmon or cutthroat trout use these tributaries.

• World Salmon Council ($10,000) Salmon Watch is an environmental education program that will combine in-school and online curriculum, hands-on learning and community service, incorporating innovative learning activities designed to improve thinking students’ critical and problem-solving skills.

Students will explore their natural heritage and develop a sense of stewardship and exploration of future careers by learning about watershed health and the life cycle and habitat needs of Northwest Salmon.

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