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Steigerwald Project August 2019 Update

08.07.19

2019 continues to be a big year for the Steigerwald Floodplain Restoration Project. We finished project design, and Bonneville Power Administration recently awarded the remaining funds required to construct the project! That’s a huge milestone for this three year construction effort that will reconnect 965 acres of historic floodplain to the Columbia River, improve recreation opportunities at the

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Summer Staff 2019

08.07.19

We've been fortunate to have the help from our seasonal staff over the summer. Field techs Sneha Roa (left) and Tiffany Thio (right) have been busy in the field collecting data for our monitoring program—plus a few other duties. On the day pictured, they were building an electric fence to keep cattle out of one of our monitoring plots near Ridgefield National Widlife Refuge. Sneha comes to us with

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Becoming a Climate Smart Conservation Program

03.28.19

Changes in climate are shifting our approach to conservation.In 2016, we adopted voluntary targets for recovery of native habitat to meet an overall goal of historical habitat diversity and protection of biodiversity. These targets are aggressive, but they address recovering historical habitat. Yet we know now that climate change is fundamentally altering ecosystem processes and species ranges. We

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2018 Highlights

01.16.19

2018 was busy at the Estuary Partnership! Here are a handful of highlights from our year:HABITATSecured $4.6 million in funding for the Steigerwald Floodplain Restoration Project from the Washington Department of Ecology's Floodplains by Design Program. The project, which will open more than 900 acres of habitat to salmon and improve flood risk for nearby property owners, just reached the 100%

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KGW Video: Lewis & Clark students visit Coffenbury Lake

05.03.18

"It's really fun actually. I like cutting [Scotch broom] because I know I'm helping the environment."Recently, KGW News joined us in Astoria, Oregon for a Lewis and Clark Elementary School field trip to Coffenbury Lake in Ft. Stevens State Park. Students pulled Scotch broom and paddled on the lake in our Big Canoes. Watch the students in action!

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Columbia River Basin Restoration Act signed into law

12.30.16

Great news!The Columbia River Basin Restoration Act - which will bring millions of dollars to the region to improve water quality throughout the Columbia River Basin - was signed into law December 16 as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act. The Act authorizes a grant program administered by the U.S. EPA to help local groups voluntarily clean up, monitor, and reduce the

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Help Us Identify Marine Debris

11.01.16

The Estuary Partnership is undertaking the first, large-scale effort to identify and map marine debris in the lower Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean. We're tracking small to medium size marine debris (less than 35-feet) - things like tires, styrofoam blocks, small boats, machinery, and other material that may harm the river. We'll use this information to understand how big

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Dave Ripp wins Annual Steward of the Year Award

10.17.16

The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is proud to announce our 2016 Steward of the Year: Dave Ripp, Executive Director of the Port of Camas-Washougal and long-time advocate for the Columbia River. The Port’s mission is to bring jobs, infrastructure, and recreational opportunities to East Clark County. Dave excels in all three areas. Under his leadership, the Port continues to expand; attracting

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Columbia River Basin Restoration Act passes US Senate!

08.16.16

Great news!The Columbia River Basin Restoration Act - which will bring millions of dollars to the region to improve the river's water quality - is one step closer to becoming reality. Thursday, September 15, 2016, the U.S. Senate passed the Act as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016. The WRDA addresses critical fish and wildlife habitat, water quality, and infrastructure needs in

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Ridgefield Non-Motorized Boat Launch Improvement Project - Take the Survey

07.24.16

With funding from REI, and in partnership with the City of Ridgefield, the Port of Ridgefield, McCuddy’s Ridgefield Marina, Alder Creek, and others, the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is spearheading a non-motorized boating improvement project at the Ridgefield Boat Ramp. Take the Survey!

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