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We're Hiring a Restoration Ecologist for our Community Programs Team

01.12.21

We are growing our team! We are currently accepting applications for a new Restoration Ecologist to join our Community Programs Team. This teams leads environmental education and volunteer programs for people of all ages. The Restoration Ecologist will work within the team to design and implement riparian revegetation and other restoration projects. Find out more information on how to apply here

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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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Give More 24 - Thank you!

09.23.20

Thanks to the generosity of 51 awesome donors, we blew past our goal to raise $11,300 during Give More 24 to support watershed-focused distance learning for students across Southwest Washington. Thank you! Special thanks to Vernier Software & Technology for matching our first $1,500, and to Wolf Water Resources for a special $5,000 contribution. Our region—and our planet—are facing unprecendented

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Volunteering is back this fall!

09.22.20

After pausing volunteer events in the spring, we are back and ready to plant with you this fall! We are prioritizing the safety of staff and you, our volunteers, by limiting the number of participants per event, requiring preregistration, and instituting COVID-19 safety protocols. Sign up for an event on our homepage or head to our volunteer page for more details.

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Greetings from our new director

08.26.20

Hello friends and supporters of the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership! I’m just wrapping up my first month as the new Executive Director, so I want to introduce myself to you. I’m a Missouri farm-girl, born and raised outside of Kansas City, Missouri. After high school I spent seven years on active duty in the Coast Guard where my primary duties were driving motor lifeboats, fisheries enforcement

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