News and Events
Apr 13, 2017 - 5:00pm
Join the Estuary Partnership at the Water Resources Education Center (map) for an open house for Vancouver Lake. Come learn about the groups involved at Vancouver Lake and how you can get involved! There will be a brief presentation at 5:30, but the community is invited to stop by any time. Light refreshments provided • Free • All are welcome RSVP on F
The Estuary Partnership is now accepting applications for a Summer Environmental Education Intern. Work alongside our professional educators and gain valuable job skills helping deliver our summer on-water community education program at a variety of locations throughout the lower 146 miles of the Columbia River.College students who have completed two years of college or recent graduates are eligible to apply. We place a priority on applications from students who come from or have experience with diverse populations and underserved communities, including communities of color and communities of limited income.The internship will start June 20, 2017 and conclude by August 24, 2017 and offers a $3,000 stipend.
Great news!The Columbia River Basin Restoration Act - which will bring millions of dollars to the region to improve water quality throughout the Columbia River Basin - was signed into law December 16 as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act. The Act authorizes a grant program administered by the U.S. EPA to help local groups voluntarily clean up, monitor, and reduce the use of toxics within the Columbia River Basin. “The Estuary Partnership has worked on passage of this Act for eight years, and we are thrilled that the bill is finally law.
The Estuary Partnership is undertaking the first, large-scale effort to identify and map marine debris in the lower Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean. We're tracking small to medium size marine debris (less than 35-feet) - things like tires, styrofoam blocks, small boats, machinery, and other material that may harm the river. We'll use this information to understand how big the problem is, and make a plan for how to clean it up.Submit your marine debris sightings here or view our marine debris map of the lower river here.
The Estuary Partnership is accepting proposals for habitat restoration projects in the lower Columbia River designed to improve the access and quality of rearing and refuge habitat for juvenile Pacific salmonds. Applications for this round are due on January 13, 2017. See our habitat restoration project funding page for details.
The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is proud to announce our 2016 Steward of the Year: Dave Ripp, Executive Director of the Port of Camas-Washougal and long-time advocate for the Columbia River. The Port’s mission is to bring jobs, infrastructure, and recreational opportunities to East Clark County. Dave excels in all three areas. Under his leadership, the Port continues to expand; attracting 47 tenants in a variety of businesses to the 430-acre industrial park and adjacent 120 acre Steigerwald Commerce Center.
We're so excited to be included in the Willamette Week Give!Guide for the 2nd year! Give!Guide supports 141 of the best Portland metro-area non-profits - including the Estuary Partnership - helping them reach new audiences and encouraging folks to give.
Great news!The Columbia River Basin Restoration Act - which will bring millions of dollars to the region to improve the river's water quality - is one step closer to becoming reality. Thursday, September 15, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Act as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016. The WRDA addresses critical fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, and infrastructure needs in 18 states. If the Act becomes law, it will authorize a grant program administered by the U.S.
With funding from REI, and in partnership with the City of Ridgefield, the Port of Ridgefield, McCuddy’s Ridgefield Marina, Alder Creek, and others, the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is spearheading a non-motorized boating improvement project at the Ridgefield Boat Ramp. Take the Survey!
Since our restoration project at La Center Bottoms was completed last fall, we’ve been monitoring the site to assess the ecological impacts of our restoration. We placed a time-lapse camera to capture some of the winter storms and the resulting high water.