News and Events

In October, U.S. Representatives Blumenauer (OR) and  Herrera Beutler (WA) introduced the Fundamentally Improving Salmon Habitat Act (FISH). This legislation would allow the U.S. Army Corps to use existing funds for grants to local groups who work on habtitat restoration, inlcuding the Estuary Partnership.Link to The Columbian story here.Read Op-Ed by Representative Herrera Beutler.
Today the Estuary Partnership Board of Directors and staff said thank you to our outgoing Board Chairman, Steve Harvey, for his dedication and service to the Estuary Partnership and the lower Columbia River.

Steve has been advocating and helping guide the Estuary Partnership since 1996, serving first on our Management Committee and then Board of Directors. We appreciate his steadfast leadership as our Chairman the last two years.

Thank you Steve!
 Oregon health authorities issued an alert warning people against eating "resident fish" caught in a 150-mile long stretch of the Columbia above Pineville Dam.Link to The Oregonian story.Link to the Columbia Basin Bulletin story. The Estuary Partnership issued a response to the alert calling for Federal support to reduce tox
The Estuary Partnership provided funding to CREST to support their work to reconnect 60 acres of Gnat Creek’s floodplain wetlands to the tidal influence of the Columbia River. This project helps satisfy federal mitigation requirements established in the 2008 Biological Opinion for the Federal Columbia River Power System.Link here to article: Daily Astorian, Salmon Given a Helping Hand
We hosted a visit from U.S. Senator Marie Cantwell's staff at the Louisiana Swamp project earlier this week to showcase our work and the benefits of habitat restoration projects along the lower Columbia.Link to the Clatskanie Chief story here.
 
The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, Lower Columbia River Watershed Council, Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District and US Fish and Wildlife Service are restoring 35-acres of wetland habitat at the Louisiana Swamp. The site is located on the lower Columbia River, 4.5 miles west of Clatskanie, OR. The collaborative partnership with the landowner, Greenwood Resources, Inc. will remove a levee to reconnect the floodplain to Westport Slough, a tributary to the Columbia River. Once restored, the site will be a tidal wetland with a network of backwater channels; ideal for wildlife and migrating salmon to feed, rest and escape extreme conditions of the slough and Columbia River. 
Introducing the Estuary Partnership Columbia Connections Newsletter with highlights of our latest activities and a look at what's coming up. Look for it in your inbox every other month. Read the July issue here.
Today the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, U.S. Forest Service, and partners began construction of fish passage and salmon habitat improvements at a 190-acre site near Horsetail and Oneonta creeks in the Columbia River Gorge. Read the Oregonian story about the project here.Link here for more photos and information about the project: Horsetail Creek Floodplain Restoration Project 
In mid-July, the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, U.S. Forest Service, and partners begin construction of fish passage and salmon habitat improvements within the historic Columbia River floodplain. Travelers in the Columbia River Gorge may notice construction crews, heavy equipment, and helicopters working in the vicinity of Horsetail and Oneonta Creeks, five miles west of the Bonneville Dam, for up to two months. 
The Estuary Partnership environmental educators take schoolchildren to local natural areas to bring lessons about the environment to life. Every year the Partnership brings hundreds of students to Oxbow Park, east of Gresham, Oregon. William Doran, has been park ranger at Oxbow Park since 1976, and is retiring at the end of the year. Doran has been an outstanding partner to our Education Program always pointing out highlights like where the salmon are spawning, the bobcat dens or osprey nests. The Estuary Partnership educators and school children will miss him.Link to the Oregonian story here.

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