News and Events
Mark your calendars! Our 2015 summer community paddle series dates are set. Join the Estuary Partnership in our Big Canoes to explore your watershed. Our experienced environmental educators lead the group outings in our stable 29-foot canoes. Paddles are FREE and great for new paddlers, groups, and families.Registration is required; paddle registration opens 6 weeks before each paddle at 7am.Get the flyer with all paddle dates here!
Oregon Live has a great article about the 50+ new signs going up along the Lower Columbia River Water Trail this spring and summer. Give it a read!
20 years ago, the outlook for bald eagles in the lower Columbia River was dismalResearch in the early 1990s found that eagles nesting along sections of the lower Columbia River produced only half as many young per nest as eagles nesting elsewhere in Oregon and Washington. DDT and other organochlorine compounds, which were banned in the 1970s, persist in water and sediment and accumulate in the fatty tissues of organisms living in the river. Fish and birds that depend on these organisms for food bioaccumulate the organochlorines in their bodies over time as they eat prey from the river. These compounds both change the behavior of eagle parents during incubation and cause eggshell thinning, resulting in the death of unhatched eagle chicks.
The Estuary Partnership is accepting proposals for habitat restoration projects in the lower Columbia River. Projects should be designed to improve the access to and quality of rearing and refuge habitat for juvenile Pacific salmonids. Funding can be used to support multiple phases of restoration projects including planning and design, permitting, and implementation. An estimated $2,000,000 in funding is available each year. Individual grants will range from $50,000 to $500,000.
The Reflector published photos from our La Center Watershed Festival on February 12, 2015. Around 150 community members came out to celebrate and learn about their watershed. The Festival was presented by the Estuary Partnership, Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, Washington Department of Ecology, Clark County Environmental Services, and Sound Native Plants.
Our 2015 month-by-month calendar features beautiful color photos from our Outdoor Education Program, and quotes from student participants. Contact us for your free copy today!
Portland Monthly Magazine has honored the Estuary Partnership with a "Light a Fire: Caring for the Planet" Award for our habitat restoration work at the Sandy River Delta! Check out the video and profile of the project here.
We are thrilled to have our habitat restoration work at Multnomah/Wahkeena Creeks in Benson State Recreation Area profiled in the October 2014 issue of ECO: Environment Coastal & Offshore Magazine! Read it here - we're on page 40.
Portland Timbers Community Fund has announced its latest round of eight local grants to support youth education, youth sports, and the environment. The Estuary Partnership was again awarded a grant to support our Outdoor Education Program in the Portland metro area. When we Stand Together, we can truly make a difference to the lives of young people and the Columbia River. Thank you, Portland Timbers! Read more on the Timbers website.
US Senator Jeff Merkley and US Representative Earl Blumenauer yesterday reintroduced the Columbia River Restoration Act (CRRA), which would authorize appropriation of $50 million for Columbia River clean up efforts. The Columbia River Basin is the only major EPA designated ‘large aquatic ecosystem’ to receive zero funding pursuant to this designation. The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership has been working to secure passage of the CRRA since 2008 along with partners. OPB has coverage of this exciting news.