News and Events
20 years ago, the outlook for bald eagles in the lower Columbia River was dismalResearch in the early 1990s found that eagles nesting along sections of the lower Columbia River produced only half as many young per nest as eagles nesting elsewhere in Oregon and Washington. DDT and other organochlorine compounds, which were banned in the 1970s, persist in water and sediment and accumulate in the fatty tissues of organisms living in the river. Fish and birds that depend on these organisms for food bioaccumulate the organochlorines in their bodies over time as they eat prey from the river. These compounds both change the behavior of eagle parents during incubation and cause eggshell thinning, resulting in the death of unhatched eagle chicks.
The Estuary Partnership is accepting proposals for habitat restoration projects in the lower Columbia River. Projects should be designed to improve the access to and quality of rearing and refuge habitat for juvenile Pacific salmonids. Funding can be used to support multiple phases of restoration projects including planning and design, permitting, and implementation. An estimated $2,000,000 in funding is available each year. Individual grants will range from $50,000 to $500,000.
The Reflector published photos from our La Center Watershed Festival on February 12, 2015. Around 150 community members came out to celebrate and learn about their watershed. The Festival was presented by the Estuary Partnership, Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, Washington Department of Ecology, Clark County Environmental Services, and Sound Native Plants.
Our 2015 month-by-month calendar features beautiful color photos from our Outdoor Education Program, and quotes from student participants. Contact us for your free copy today!
Portland Monthly Magazine has honored the Estuary Partnership with a "Light a Fire: Caring for the Planet" Award for our habitat restoration work at the Sandy River Delta! Check out the video and profile of the project here.
We are thrilled to have our habitat restoration work at Multnomah/Wahkeena Creeks in Benson State Recreation Area profiled in the October 2014 issue of ECO: Environment Coastal & Offshore Magazine! Read it here - we're on page 40.
Portland Timbers Community Fund has announced its latest round of eight local grants to support youth education, youth sports, and the environment. The Estuary Partnership was again awarded a grant to support our Outdoor Education Program in the Portland metro area. When we Stand Together, we can truly make a difference to the lives of young people and the Columbia River. Thank you, Portland Timbers! Read more on the Timbers website.
US Senator Jeff Merkley and US Representative Earl Blumenauer yesterday reintroduced the Columbia River Restoration Act (CRRA), which would authorize appropriation of $50 million for Columbia River clean up efforts. The Columbia River Basin is the only major EPA designated ‘large aquatic ecosystem’ to receive zero funding pursuant to this designation. The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership has been working to secure passage of the CRRA since 2008 along with partners. OPB has coverage of this exciting news.
REI is passionate about protecting the outdoors and provides grants to steward outdoor places we all love and enjoy. With REI’s support the Estuary Partnership will mobilize volunteers from across the region to remove invasive species, plant native trees and scrubs, clean up river banks, and care for popular recreation areas along the lower Columbia River. This year the Estuary Partnership will steward Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge and Benson State Recreation Area just to name a few. Thank you REI for your continued support.
The Estuary Partnership is soliciting proposals for construction of a habitat restoration project at the US Forest Service owned Sandy River Delta – Thousand Acres property. The project consists of fish passage improvements, floodplain channel and wetland habitat enhancements that will benefit multiple species, including ESA listed salmonids. The mandatory pre-proposal meeting will be held at the Rooster Rock State Park office on May 27th at 12:30 PM, and will include a tour of the project site. Proposals must be submitted before 4:00 PM on June 12 to be considered.