News and Events
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.
Today the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, U.S. Forest Service, and partners began construction of fish passage and salmon habitat improvements at a 190-acre site near Horsetail and Oneonta creeks in the Columbia River Gorge. Read the Oregonian story about the project here.Link here for more photos and information about the project: Horsetail Creek Floodplain Restoration Project
In mid-July, the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, U.S. Forest Service, and partners begin construction of fish passage and salmon habitat improvements within the historic Columbia River floodplain. Travelers in the Columbia River Gorge may notice construction crews, heavy equipment, and helicopters working in the vicinity of Horsetail and Oneonta Creeks, five miles west of the Bonneville Dam, for up to two months.
The Estuary Partnership environmental educators take schoolchildren to local natural areas to bring lessons about the environment to life. Every year the Partnership brings hundreds of students to Oxbow Park, east of Gresham, Oregon. William Doran, has been park ranger at Oxbow Park since 1976, and is retiring at the end of the year. Doran has been an outstanding partner to our Education Program always pointing out highlights like where the salmon are spawning, the bobcat dens or osprey nests. The Estuary Partnership educators and school children will miss him.Link to the Oregonian story here.
Inter-Fluve supports the Estuary Partnership and other non-profits like us who are committed to restoring and enhancing rivers. Thank you Inter-Fluve! They talked about their passion for restoring rivers with 1% for the Planet. Read the blog here.
Are you or your firm a Drupal expert? Do you have experience with and enjoy working with non-profits - especially by helping them efficiently and effectively manage their web sites? The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is looking to establish a partnership with a Drupal expert firm who can provide the web site maintenance and support services we need to effectively protect and restore the lower Columbia River. We have released a short Request for Services that describes the submittal process. The due date for proposals is: Monday, July 29 at 4:00 pm.
The Estuary Partnership canoes are out on the water this summer and we are ready for some paddling fun. We invite the community to come aboard and help paddle our 34-foot canoes, led by Estuary Partnership staff. Previous paddling experience is not necessary. We provide the paddles, flotation devices and guides – you simply need to show up with sunscreen, hats, and cameras ready to have some fun! There is no charge for the paddles.Link here for the complete schedule and more information.
On May 30, the Metro Council officially approved a new round of Nature in Neighborhood grants and once again, they approved funding for the collaborative Estuary Partnership-Wilderness International project.
Ridgefield, WA proved to be a great location to celebrate two water trails and National Trails Day on Saturday June 1. The Estuary Partnership was there with our two Canoes, the Chinook Indian Nation was there with their canoe "Ixwit" and dozens of kayakers joined the flotilla down Lake River to the Columbia. The celebration included the unveiling of Lower Columbia River Water Trail signage for the Ridgefield Boat Launch, and acknowledgement of the Lewis River-Vancouver Lake Water Trail Paddling Guide. Erik Anderson from the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge and Sam Robinson from the Chinook Indian Nation provided interpretation along the way, noting the area's unique cultural, historical, and ecological features.