News and Events

We are currently seeking two Environmental Education Interns to work with and learn alongside our Education Team this summer. Interns will have the opportunity to teach ecology to people of all ages, and to lead paddle trips aboard one of our Big Canoes (though no paddling experience is necessary). We encourage and prioritize applications from individuals who come from communities of color, Indigenous communities, and low-income communities. 
We are currently accepting applications for a short-term field technician to join our Science Team this summer. The Field Technician will support our monitoring programs with data collection and other activities, and is a great opportunity for someone pursuing a career in natural resource conservation. Applications are due Friday, March 29 at 4pm. View the full position description, and apply online.
Jun 21, 2019 - 10:00am
Friday, June 21 • 10am - 2pm • Hilton Vancouver Washington
Our Annual Science to Policy Summit will address plastic pollution in the lower Columbia River. Plastics are an integral part of daily life. But too much of it ends up in our rivers, streams, and oceans, causing harm to wildlife and human health. Over time, plastics break down into toxic components and are ingested by many fish and other seafood, making their way up the food chain. 
The Estuary Partnership is accepting proposals for habitat restoration projects in the lower Columbia River designed to improve the access and quality of rearing and refuge habitat for juvenile Pacific salmonds. Applications for this round are due on April 19, 2019. See our habitat restoration project funding page for details. 
"It's really fun actually. I like cutting [Scotch broom] because I know I'm helping the environment."Recently, KGW News joined us in Astoria, Oregon for a Lewis and Clark Elementary School field trip to Coffenbury Lake in Ft. Stevens State Park. Students pulled Scotch broom and paddled on the lake in our Big Canoes. Watch the students in action! 
Great news!The Columbia River Basin Restoration Act - which will bring millions of dollars to the region to improve water quality throughout the Columbia River Basin - was signed into law December 16 as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act. The Act authorizes a grant program administered by the U.S. EPA to help local groups voluntarily clean up, monitor, and reduce the use of toxics within the Columbia River Basin. “The Estuary Partnership has worked on passage of this Act for eight years, and we are thrilled that the bill is finally law.
Dave Ripp, 2016 Steward of the Year
The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is proud to announce our 2016 Steward of the Year: Dave Ripp, Executive Director of the Port of Camas-Washougal and long-time advocate for the Columbia River. The Port’s mission is to bring jobs, infrastructure, and recreational opportunities to East Clark County. Dave excels in all three areas. Under his leadership, the Port continues to expand; attracting 47 tenants in a variety of businesses to the 430-acre industrial park and adjacent 120 acre Steigerwald Commerce Center.
Great news!The Columbia River Basin Restoration Act - which will bring millions of dollars to the region to improve the river's water quality - is one step closer to becoming reality. Thursday, September 15, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Act as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016. The WRDA addresses critical fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, and infrastructure needs in 18 states. If the Act becomes law, it will authorize a grant program administered by the U.S.
With funding from REI, and in partnership with the City of Ridgefield, the Port of Ridgefield, McCuddy’s Ridgefield Marina, Alder Creek, and others, the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is spearheading a non-motorized boating improvement project at the Ridgefield Boat Ramp. Take the Survey!

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