News and Events
After more than 25 years leading the Estuary Partnership, Debrah Marriott will retire this spring. We wish her well on her next adventure, while we look ahead to new leadership and opportunities for the Estuary Partnership's next 25 years.
The new year is here, but the old year is not forgotten. Here are a handful of our highlights from 2019:
Every two years, the Columbia River Estuary Conference (CREC) brings together people with interest in the lower Columbia River and its estuary, plume, and nearshore ocean. This year's conference theme is Status of the Estuary and Nearshore Ocean - Implications for the Future. The call for paper and poster abstracts is available online, and abstracts are due February 7, 2020. CREC 2020 will take place April 28-30, 2020 at the Liberty Theater in Astoria, Oregon. Read about past CRECs here.
We have a lot of trees to plant, and we need a lot of folks to help us plant them! We're currently in the middle of updating our website and the events will be on the front page soon, but right now you can find all the dates and links to sign up on our Volunteer Page!
Our annual snapshot of highlights from the 2018-19 year is complete. Take a look!
by Tiffany Thio & Sarah KiddIn August, our monitoring team spent over 100 hours in the wetlands of the Columbia River estuary, collecting important ecology data for salmonid habitat restoration and conservation.Every year, we gather data to help us understand the habitats and ecology of the Columbia River estuary. We track a variety of sites and information to understand how habitat is changing in response to conditions like climate change, and how restoration project sites are recovering.
September 9 through 11, Estuary Partnership staff and folks from Diversified Marine worked to clean up a stretch of Multnomah Channel and the Sauvie Island shoreline. View a photo story of the clean up.
Our most recent Science to Policy Summit took place on June 21, 2019, and covered reducing plastics and their impact on the Columbia River. We summarized key points discussed by our panel and attendees into an immersive storymap full of extra resources.View the storymap summary here.
2019 continues to be a big year for the Steigerwald Floodplain Restoration Project. We finished project design, and Bonneville Power Administration recently awarded the remaining funds required to construct the project!
We've been fortunate to have the help from our seasonal staff over the summer. Field techs Sneha Roa (left) and Tiffany Thio (right) have been busy in the field collecting data for our monitoring program—plus a few other duties. On the day pictured, they were building an electric fence to keep cattle out of one of our monitoring plots near Ridgefield National Widlife Refuge.