News and Events

After a few hours of lively discussion at the Water Trail Signage workshop this August one thing was clear - people signage on the Lower Columbia River Water Trail will enhance both the trail's identity, but more importantly the use experience as well. The workshop's 25 participants discussed the purposes and goals of signage while critiquing three signage concepts. After much debate, general consensus emerged that an adaptatoin of the Water Trail logo, with River Miles, a paddling icon, and other details was the way to go. Next steps are in process with the first signs scheduled to be installed within the next few months.
On June 20th the Washington Department of Agriculture collected approximately 10,000 lbs. of unused pesticides in Longview, WA.
Over 100 participants gathered for the Estuary Partnership's sixth annual Science to Policy Summit, June 1 at the Vancouver Hilton.
The Estuary Partnership, Oregon State Parks, and ODFW hope to reduce (or eliminate) the diversion because Wahkeena Creek provides habitat for coho salmon and steelhead.
The 2012 Columbia River Estuary Conference attracted nearly 200 regional scientists, managers, and policy makers to Astoria, Oregon to discuss the conference theme “New Scientific Finding and their Management Implications” through presentations, moderated question and answer sessions, poster sessions, and breaks. This was the region’s seventh biennial conference focused on estuary science and management dating back to 1999 (previous conference proceedings are accessible via the conference web site:, and the largest, both in terms of the number of participants and the number of presentations.Scientists shared their latest research and tools related to:Rearing habitats of different Columbia River salmonid stocks,
A USGS study, done in cooperation with Estuary Partnership and Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission detected hundreds of contaminants in water samples collected from wastewater-treatment-plant effluent and storm runoff from roads and other urban areas. The water samples were taken in nine cities that line the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington including Wenatchee, Richland, Umatilla, The Dalles, Hood River, Portland, Vancouver, St. Helens, and Longview.Link here to the full report. 
On May 4 the Estuary Partnership hosted Lisa Jackson, US EPA Administrator, at the Scott School rain garden. Administrator Jackson applauded the student's work on their school yard rain garden and reminded them that the Columbia River belongs to everyone and we are all responsible to take care of it. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the EPA National Estuary Program, created for conservation and restoration of our nation's estuaries.
"We had the greatest day of our lives," said fifth grade student Kayla Wisner when asked about the class canoe trip through the Elochoman Slough.
"We saw some amazing things; like a sea lion, a sea otter and even some King-Fishers. We sang songs. We went really fast too!”Read full story below.
The Estuary Partnership is accepting proposals for habitat restoration projects in the lower Columbia River and estuary. For this funding opportunity, projects must improve or protect salmonid habitat and be located within the range of contemporary tidal influence. Applications will be accepted throughout the year, and reviewed by the Estuary Partnership’s Science Work Group three times per year. To be considered for funding during this review cycle, applications must be submitted by May 18, 2012 at 5:00pm.
All manually powered boats 10 feet and longer operating Oregon waterways now need to have on-board an Oregon State invasive species permit. Funds from the $7 permits will pay for programs designed to protect Oregon's waterways from invasive species. Non-motorized boats from Washington may launch in Oregon within ONE RIVER MILE of the Columbia River (or Snake River) without a permit. Additional information, such as purchase information is available at the Oregon State Marine Board Web site.