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#13 Our Coast Guard

11.11.21

Day in and day out, 365 days a year, the brave members of the US Coast Guard serve us in the areas of defence, maritime law, safety and security, environmental protection, search and rescue, and more essential services for our country. The US Coast Guard - Sector Columbia River is our #13 reason to Love the Lower Columbia. One of the most visible and critical services the Coast Guard provides for

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Restoration Underway at Woodard Creek

10.01.21

Woodard Creek, a Columbia River tributary in Skamania County, is on its way to improved habitat. Woodard Creek is a salmon-bearing stream, but over the past century it has been affected by road development, wildfire and timber harvest. The Upper Woodard Creek Restoration Project is improving a one mile stretch of the creek north of State Route 14 by adding large wood to the stream and revegetating

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Highlights from our Summer Recreation Leaders

10.01.21

We are fortunate to have two Summer Recreation Leaders to help lead Big Canoe paddles and support our environmental education programming, brothers Joshua and Jo’Sean Joseph. Some summer programming was delayed due to Covid, so our education team is delighted that these “Summer” Recreation Leaders will be continue working with the group this fall, too. Joshua and Jo-Sean spent a lot of their time

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Canoe Season Winds Down

10.01.21

As the summer draws to a close, so do the Estuary Partnership’s Community Paddles on the Big Canoes. Our team went on over 20 paddles with all types of groups. Through funding from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, paddlers got to explore the Ross Island complex, and funding from Metro supported paddles that explored the industrialized stretch of Cathedral Park to Fred’s Marina

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New video: Programming in a Pandemic

09.23.21

The pandemic almost brought learning to a standstill. But our Educators are creative and dedicated to fostering understanding of the natural world and students long to learn. Watch to see how we adapted to keep kids learning about science! Then donate: https://bit.ly/EPgive Video produced by Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership Environmental Educator, Andy Bauer

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#12: Our Beautiful Beaches

08.06.21

Before summer 2021 wraps up—though we may all be ready for fall rains—we want to celebrate a few of the amazing beaches that line the lower Columbia. Beaches are our #12 Reason to Love the Lower Columbia. Below are six of our favorites. Many of these beaches are ideal swimming spots, but be sure to exercise caution, because river conditions can change rapidly. With river levels low this year, also

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POSTPONED - Annual Celebration

07.06.21

POSTPONED to 2022. Please register for our Picnic at Vancouver Lake on September 25! The event will be held at Rossi Farms (3839 NE 122nd Avenue), a working farm in Portland's Parkrose Neighborhood. We will begin outdoors with music, a roaming photo booth and raffles with great art and packages to win. Dinner from Calabash Authentic will be served in an airy barn with large open doors, followed by

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#11 146+ River Miles of Adventure

06.24.21

From long epic miles to gentle bays for birdwatching, there is an adventure for anyone on the Lower Columbia River Water Trail. All you need is a kayak, canoe or stand up paddleboard to launch. The Water Trail stretches 146 river miles from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean, and that is hundreds of miles of shoreline you can explore. Paddling is our #11 reason to Love the Lower Columbia. If you

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Paddling in Partnership

06.01.21

by Alex Rhodes, Environmental Educator On a bright and sunny weekend, the first in what seemed like forever, the Blueprint Foundation and the Estuary Partnership circled up on the grass near the busy Cathedral Park boat ramp to build relationships and learn together. The Blueprint Foundation is a family—some related by blood but most tied together by the close-knit Black community of North

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#10 Cottonwood

05.30.21

It's summer, and you might have noticed the fluffy seeds of cottonwood floating around your local park, looking almost like a layer of fresh snow. Cottonwoods are our #10 reason the Love the Lower Columbia. So why do we love these trees in particular? Black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) has a lot of remarkable features. It is the most massive broad-leaved deciduous tree in the Pacific Northwest

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