News and Events
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.
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.
Did you miss our Columbia River Estuary Conference on Anomalous Environmental Conditions last month? Presentations are now available online. Check out our Conference Presentations page.
Constructions is complete on our habitat restoration project in La Center Bottoms in La Center, Washington, and the trail is open. Read about the restoration project the The Columbian. The next phase of the project includes replanting the area with native vegetation with local students and community members. All people are welcome to join us for two volunteer plantings along Brezee Creek on Monday, January 18 (MLK National Day of Service) and Saturday, February 6.
The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is coordinating the implementation of a habitat restoration project in the La Center wetlands during September - October 2015. The project will restore tidal influence to the wetlands and restore critical habitat for salmon and steelhead. During construction, the La Center Bottoms trail will be temporarily closed to all uses. Read more about the project and what local residents should expect here.
Check out the story on our restoration project at Batwater Station from KGW!
Toxics Still Persist in the RiverBetween 1989 and 1995, the Lower Columbia River Bi-State Water Quality Program (the predecessor to the Estuary Partnership) collected data on water quality and toxic contaminants in the lower river and estuary, generating a large dataset on the threats to the health of the river and the organisms that live there.
The Reflector published a great article about our wetlands restoration project currently in progress at La Center Bottoms. We are restoring tidal influence to the area for salmon and other wildlife while preserving the natural area's recreational uses for people, and engaging students and volunteers in re-planting native vegetation. Read the whole article here!