News and Events

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.  
The at times difficult stretch of lower Columbia River from Brownsmead to Astoria that is replete with islands, big tides, and a navigation around Tongue Point is highlighted in the New York Times May 16 Sunday Travel Section. The Times notes that the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership has water trail maps on the Water Trail Web site and warns paddlers about the Columbia River Bar using its well know moniker, Graveyard of the Pacific. Other rivers profiled include the Connecticut River, the Milwaukee River, and the Rio Grande. Check out the NY Times Article.
VIA Magazine, AAA Traveler's Companion Magazine profiles the Lower Columbia River Water Trail with a cover story in the May Issue of the Oregon/Idaho and California/Nevada/Utah editions. The story describes Cahill's journey down the river with the Estuary Partnership's Deputy Director Chris Hathaway and highlights parks and rental outfits that make accessing the trail easy. Check Out the Article!