February 2024 Newsletter

We're hiring - Volunteer calendar - EPA Region 10 Administrator tours a project site 

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EPA Region 10 Administrator visits future green stormwater infrastructure site in Portland

On January 29, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Portland Public Schools joined us to celebrate a landmark investment in green stormwater infrastructure coming to Portland Public Schools and other schools throughout the region thanks to a $4.2 million award we received from the EPA.

EPA Region 10 Administrator Casey Sixkiller marked the occasion by visiting Rigler Elementary School in Northeast Portland. Rigler Elementary School is a Spanish-immersion and Title 1 elementary school.

In the coming years, Rigler’s school yard and parking lot will be home to a 7,000 square foot green infrastructure project! This green infrastructure project will improve water quality, reduce the heat island effect at the school, shade classrooms, and add wonderful natural elements throughout the campus. It also supports Rigler Elementary’s efforts to fulfill its community developed Rigler Vision Plan.

Steigerwald restoration supported by Refuge Stewards

The Columbia Gorge Refuge Stewards (Refuge Stewards) are a volunteer group dedicated to stewardship of our local National Wildlife Refuge. Throughout the Steigerwald Reconnection Project, we worked along the Stewards. This past fall, we entered into a new relationship with the Stewards to support community engagement and stewardship work at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge.   

We’re hiring a Stormwater Project Manager!

We’re hiring a Stormwater Project Manager on our Community Programs Team to manage stormwater retrofit projects in lower Columbia River communities.

The Stormwater Project Manager will primarily manage a suite of small scale and larger scale stormwater projects in schoolyards and/or school parking lots. Applications are due by Monday, February 26, 2024, at 4 p.m.

Estuary Partnership featured in international impact video from One Tree Planted 

One Tree Planted is a non-profit focused on global reforestation. Their reach extends around the globe and into local communities along the Columbia River.

Last year, support from One Tree Planted allowed students from local elementary schools to take part in the restoration of Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge through the planting of native trees and shrubs during environmental education field trips. This work was featured in a new short video about the global impact of One Tree Planted. The spotlight falls on us at the one-minute mark but the whole video is worth your time.  

 Volunteer planting season is in full swing!

Are you ready to have some fun while also creatin important habitat for salmon and wildlife, and improving water quality in your community?

Volunteer events are family-friendly, and teenagers aged 15 and older can volunteer without an adult (additional waiver required). 

Can't decide which planting event to join? We're really looking for help on February 25 at Burnt Bridge Creek! Thanks! 

Camas-Washougal Community Chest support funds fall education program for local students

For the 14th year in a row, funding from the Camas-Washougal Community Chest (CWCC) facilitated hands-on environmental education programming for Camas-Washougal area students. We captured highlights from a CWCC-supported field trip with students from Woodburn Elementary School in a short video. Check it out!  

We’re hiring a short-term Environmental Educator! 
woman smiling while steering a big canoe

Join our amazing Education Team as a Paddle Program Specialist! This limited duration position lasts from May through November. It is primarily a field-based position working with our Big Canoe paddle program, providing outdoor learning experiences for K-12 students, and supporting community engagement events. Applications are due Friday, March 8 at 4pm.

End of Year fundraising goal achieved

Thank you! We are deeply grateful to the many individuals and businesses who helped us exceed our year-end fundraising goal of $10,000.

Contributions from generous individuals and businesses launched us into 2024 with new and renewed energy to improve habitat for salmon and lamprey, connect students and community members to the Columbia River, expand green stormwater infrastructure to improve water quality, and advance scientific research. Contributions to the Estuary Partnership are always tax deductible.

In the news

Clark County OKs Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership's Education Program at Vancouver Lake. The Columbian, February 8, 2024.

Residents and experts meeting, once again, to has out solutions for Grays Bay flooding. The Wahkiakum county Eagle, February 8, 2024

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