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#1: We are improving stormwater management

02.16.21

Stormwater is the number one source of water pollution across the country. When rain falls on impervious surfaces, it picks up all sorts of sediment, oils and toxic compounds from automobiles, pesticides and herbicides, pet waste, and other contaminants. To lessen the impacts of stormwater runoff, many communities and nonprofits are implementing stormwater retrofit projects - redirecting

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26 Reasons to Love the Lower Columbia

02.16.21

The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is celebrating our 26th birthday! In 2020, we had hoped to celebrate our milestone 25th anniversary, but COVID threw a wrench in that, as it did with so many plans. But now we are one year older and wiser. And we want to share with you some of the things that we think are so great about our river and its people. Now we know that there are many, many reasons

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We're Hiring a Stormwater Project Manager

02.03.21

We are seeking a Stormwater Project Manager to join our Community Programs Team! This position will manage multiple existing stormwater projects and identify, develop, and implement new projects to reduce and improve stormwater runoff in the lower Columbia River. Find out more about the position and how to apply here. Applications must be received by Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 4pm PST to be

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Welcome VetsWork Interns

02.02.21

We are excited to welcome two new members of our team, who will be with us through the next year working on a variety of projects with us. Katrina Poremba was raised on a hobby farm in Idaho, where part of her daily life included chores around the pasture and backyard pond. At 17, she attended Humboldt State University to study marine biology. As an undergraduate, Katrina went abroad for a year to

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2020 State of the Estuary Report Released

12.08.20

We recently released our 2020 State of the Estuary Report. Every five years, we examine and report on five indicators on the health of the lower Columbia River and estuary: Habitat, Water Quality, Land Use, Endangered Species, and Connecting People to the Columbia. Each indicator is presented as an interactive storymap that together paint a picture of a river with many champions and many

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Thanks to Our Adopted VetsWork Intern

11.30.20

We owe a thanks to our sister organization, fellow National Estuary Program the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP), for lending us one of their VetsWork Interns this year. Over the last few months, Chris Sutherland has worked on a variety of projects with us. While he’s still assigned to TEP, unexpected challenges from the pandemic made it hard to reach Tillamook consistently. Since he is local

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Big Canoes Paddle Again with Blueprint

10.20.20

In a normal year, the Estuary Partnership’s Big Canoes hit the water in mid-late March, with a warm up paddle here and there. By mid-May, we typically have 10 paddles under our PFDs, and our staff is ready and dialed in for a summer of providing multiple on-water Big Canoe trips a week for youth and community groups from diverse communities. Trips in our Big Canoes—29-foot, 14-passenger, orange

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Steigerwald Construction Wraps for Season

10.14.20

Major construction has wrapped for the season for the Steigerwald Reconnection Project. Fall rain and the in-water work window, which protects salmon during the most vulnerable parts of their life cycle (spawning and egg incubation), means most construction has to stop during fall and winter. There is one more season of construction to come next year. We recently released a video recapping the

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Steigerwald Restoration Project 2021/2022 Plant Procurement - RFP Release

10.08.20

The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership intends to establish a short-term contract for the procurement of native bare root plant materials for use at the Steigerwald Reconnection Project located in Washougal, WA. These plant materials are needed for the winter 2021 planting window (i.e., 1/1/2022 – 4/1/2022). BACKGROUND Over the past six years, the Estuary Partnership has partnered with the Port of

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Steigerwald Project Updates

09.25.20

The Steigerwald Reconnection Project is well into its second year of construction. By 2022, the refuge's lands and Gibbons Creek, which flows through it, will be reconnected to the Columbia River for the first time in generations. This effort will bring a lot of changes to the Refuge, and we're excited to share them with you while the project takes shape! Check the Refuge 20/20 Blog for the latest

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