News and Events

We are partnering with Clark County to restore floodplain habitat on two parcels they own along the East Fork Lewis River. This project near La Center, Washington will restore important habitat for salmon, steelhead and other wildlife. The feasibility study and conceptual designs are complete and we are ready to move into the final design phase in 2014!Link to the Columbian story here.   
Grab your camera! The King Tide Photo Initiative is an international project that involves volunteers to document areas that are inundated by the "king tides" that occur each year. King tides are natural events caused by predictable astronomical factors that result in tides that are higher than most high tides. Areas affected by king tides are susceptible to higher water levels from increased wave heights, winter storms and changes in sea levels. The project is working to document the impacts of sea level rise. You can join in by  taking and sharing photographs of this winter’s especially high tides.
In July, the States of Oregon and Washington adopted a new “green” janitorial supplies contract, taking a major step to reduce toxic chemicals in government agencies and schools. Common cleaners such as disinfectants, floor and countertop cleaners, and bathroom soaps contain toxic chemicals that do everything from irritating skin to disrupting hormonal balance in fish. These cleaners are linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.
In October, U.S. Representatives Blumenauer (OR) and  Herrera Beutler (WA) introduced the Fundamentally Improving Salmon Habitat Act (FISH). This legislation would allow the U.S. Army Corps to use existing funds for grants to local groups who work on habtitat restoration, inlcuding the Estuary Partnership.Link to The Columbian story here.Read Op-Ed by Representative Herrera Beutler.
Today the Estuary Partnership Board of Directors and staff said thank you to our outgoing Board Chairman, Steve Harvey, for his dedication and service to the Estuary Partnership and the lower Columbia River.

Steve has been advocating and helping guide the Estuary Partnership since 1996, serving first on our Management Committee and then Board of Directors. We appreciate his steadfast leadership as our Chairman the last two years.

Thank you Steve!
 Oregon health authorities issued an alert warning people against eating "resident fish" caught in a 150-mile long stretch of the Columbia above Pineville Dam.Link to The Oregonian story.Link to the Columbia Basin Bulletin story. The Estuary Partnership issued a response to the alert calling for Federal support to reduce tox
The Estuary Partnership provided funding to CREST to support their work to reconnect 60 acres of Gnat Creek’s floodplain wetlands to the tidal influence of the Columbia River. This project helps satisfy federal mitigation requirements established in the 2008 Biological Opinion for the Federal Columbia River Power System.Link here to article: Daily Astorian, Salmon Given a Helping Hand
We hosted a visit from U.S. Senator Marie Cantwell's staff at the Louisiana Swamp project earlier this week to showcase our work and the benefits of habitat restoration projects along the lower Columbia.Link to the Clatskanie Chief story here.
 
The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, Lower Columbia River Watershed Council, Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District and US Fish and Wildlife Service are restoring 35-acres of wetland habitat at the Louisiana Swamp. The site is located on the lower Columbia River, 4.5 miles west of Clatskanie, OR. The collaborative partnership with the landowner, Greenwood Resources, Inc. will remove a levee to reconnect the floodplain to Westport Slough, a tributary to the Columbia River. Once restored, the site will be a tidal wetland with a network of backwater channels; ideal for wildlife and migrating salmon to feed, rest and escape extreme conditions of the slough and Columbia River. 
Introducing the Estuary Partnership Columbia Connections Newsletter with highlights of our latest activities and a look at what's coming up. Look for it in your inbox every other month. Read the July issue here.

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