Celebrate Earth Month


April is Earth Month, and we are recognizing the 52nd anniversary of the beginning of the modern environmental movement by teaming up with four great businesses. These business partners are showing their support for our mission to restore and care for the waters and ecosystems of the lower Columbia River.

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Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge Reopens on May 1


After two years of closure to complete the largest habitat restoration project in the history of the lower Columbia River, Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge reopens to the public on May 1. Construction on the Steigerwald Reconnection Project began in 2019 to reduce flood risk, reconnect 965 acres of Columbia River floodplain, and increase recreation opportunities at the refuge. The

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New Walkable Watershed Floor Map Debuts in Classrooms


Large, walkable floor maps of the entire Columbia River watershed will soon appear in classrooms throughout the state. The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership and Portland State University’s Center for Geography Education in Oregon are debuting the walkable watershed floor map and classroom lessons with primary-school students. Supplementing traditional tabled-sized watershed models, massive

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Explore with our printable maps


This spring, head outdoors with one of our printable, interactive maps and explore Salmon Creek or Vancouver Lake.

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Memorable field trips made possible through Ecology funding


“Snake! Snake!” cried a cluster of 5th grade students from the banks of Salmon Creek in Vancouver, Washington. Within moments, the cluster of kids had grown as students raced across the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail to see the garter snake, held carefully by Sarah, 12. “I’ll let it go over here,” she said after her classmates got a closer look, and she gently set the snake down in the grass to

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Bareroot planting begins at Steigerwald


This winter marks a new milestone for the Steigerwald Reconnection Project. With most of the major earthwork completed, including the construction of the east and west setback levees, the full removal of the Gibbons Creek elevated channel and fish ladder, and the creation of new channels and graded wetlands, Steigerwald is ready for a massive bareroot planting effort. Volunteers, students, Estuary

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Announcing Our New Mission and Strategic Direction


In the past year and a half, the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership navigated through two big shifts. We adapted our work in response to a global health pandemic and Elaine Placido was brought on as our second-ever Executive Director in the organization’s 26-year history. These changes allowed the Estuary Partnership to reorient and rethink not only what we do but also how we do it. After a year

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Let the lower Columbia aid your New Year’s resolutions


The Estuary Partnership believes that you are perfect just the way you are. But if the spirit of the new year catches you and making a few resolutions is of interest, here are five ways that the lower Columbia estuary can help you achieve them.     1. Eat healthy by incorporating Columbia River salmon into your diet  Salmon is a great source of protein and is packed with heart-healthy Omega-3

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Merry Fishmas from the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership


The Estuary Partnership enjoys a good holiday, even if it is a made-up holiday. This year, staff and board members celebrated the 12 days Fishmas, a 12-day celebration very loosely based on the popular holiday carol, the 12 Days of Christmas. The Estuary Partnership's Fishmas celebration focused on the sights, sounds, science, and of course, the fish, of the lower Columbia River. Each day a new

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#13 Our Coast Guard


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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