News and Events

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 October 6, 2017. See our habitat restoration project funding page for details. 
Paddling on Vancouver Lake
Aug 23, 2017 - 9:30am
Explore Vancouver Lake from a whole new perspective! Join the Estuary Partnership for a family friendly canoe paddle aboard our two 29' 14-passenger canoes. Glide past a host of shore and song birds while learning about the Columbia River ecosystem from seasoned paddle guides.Registration opens July 12. Register early - spots are limited and fill up quickly!
teacher workshop
Aug 24, 2017 - 9:00am
Free Teacher Workshop: Outdoor Science Education on School GroundsWashington K-6 teachers: Join our team of experienced outdoor educators for a day of learning how to make outdoor education a regular part of your school year curriculum. Outdoor education promotes active learning through direct personal experience and is a fun and exciting way for students to demonstrate critical thinking in a collaborative environment.
Paddling on the Willamette
Sep 6, 2017 - 8:00pm
Explore the Willamette River by the light of the full moon! Join the Estuary Partnership for a family friendly paddle aboard our two 29' 14-passenger canoes. Paddle behind the Ross Island Complex into Holgate Channel where quiet waters provide the perfect venue for wildlife observation. Registration opens July 26. Register early - spots are limited and fill up quickly!
Sep 23, 2017 - 10:00am
Make a difference at your lake and see it from a whole new perspective. Join us in cleaning up Vancouver Lake, and enjoy a day paddling and learning about the wildlife that call the lake home! We'll provide lunch so you can picnic on the beach. The day includes:   • Big Canoe trips aboard our 29' canoes.
paddling a canoe on Lake River
Oct 7, 2017 - 4:30pm
Join the Estuary Partnership at Ridgefield's Annual BirdFest & Bluegrass for a family friendly canoe paddle on Lake River through the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge.Participants will paddle our 29' canoes, and view the birds and wildlife of the refuge from a unique on-water perspective. Estuary Partnership staff will be on each canoe to steer, offer paddling advice, and share information about the river and surrounding ecosystem.Register online starting September 16 to paddle with us!
Oct 14, 2017 - 5:30pm
Join us for an unforgettable evening of fantastic local art, delectable food, and an exciting live auction full of unique experiences. Proceeds help us get kids outside to expand their learning, stir their curiosity, and cultivate their care for the lower Columbia River and estuary. Get a sneak peak of the art and auction items you could win, and get your tickets on our website.
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 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.