Big Canoe season finishes another awesome summer


Memories are made while paddling a river. This summer, the Estuary Partnership’s Big Canoes – two 29’ canoes with room for 12 passengers – helped 756 people make new memories while learning about the lower Columbia River estuary. The Estuary Partnership teamed up with 37 different local, community-based organizations to explore five different waterways: the Willamette River, Tualatin River

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Summer Field Technicians finish successful monitoring season


Summertime is an extremely important season for data collection at habitat restoration sites and reference sites throughout the lower Columbia River. This summer, the Estuary Partnership had the support of two excellent Research Technicians to complete the extensive list of field work monitoring tasks. Sophie D'Arcy and Derek Marquis spent most of their time with the Estuary Partnership’s

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Annual Celebration success!


After a two-year hiatus, we were thrilled for the return of our Annual Celebration! Hosted at Rossi Farms in northeast Portland, our Annual Celebration was attended by nearly 150 friends of the Estuary Partnership. Together, we raised over $60,000 to continue our ambitious habitat restoration projects, fun and effective environmental education, and critical estuary monitoring programs! We

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Stewards of the Year Announced


We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership Steward of the Year award. Congratulations Rudy Salakory and Dave Pinkernell! The Steward of the Year award is an important part of the Estuary Partnership’s Annual Celebration given to those whose work has made an incredible contribution to the lower Columbia River community and ecosystem. Rudy Salakory Rudy is a

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Student stewardship at Meldrum Bar Park


Before embarking on summer vacation, students from Spring Mountain, Oak Grove, Whitcomb and View Acres elementary schools completed a large restoration project at Meldrum Bar Park in Gladstone, Oregon. Over the course of eight days in May and June, 13 classrooms of fourth- and fifth-grade students worked in a quarter-area area to remove 100 cubic yards of blackberries and English ivy covering the

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Dr. Placido testifies at the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis


The U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis is charged with coordinating and advancing policies, strategies, and innovations to achieve substantial and permanent reductions in pollution and other activities that contribute to the climate crisis. On Wednesday, August 3 at 10 a.m., the committee convened in Astoria for a hearing titled “Building Climate-Resilient Coastal Communities

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Temporary closure: Steigerwald Lake NWR


The final phase of the $32 million Steigerwald Reconnection Project begins on August 8, 2022, at Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge will close until September 30, 2022, to complete the trail system, install salmon monitoring equipment, finalize floodplain habitat improvements, and remove construction roads and the old parking lot. Visitor amenities, including interpretive

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Alert: Emerald Ash Borer found in Oregon


Can one species of beetle wipe out Oregon’s entire population of ash trees? Yes. Has that species of beetle been detected in Oregon? Yes. On June 30, 2022, the emerald ash borer, an exotic beetle that feeds on and kills ash trees, was discovered in Forest Grove, Oregon. When the news broke, scientists with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership were devastated. A long email chain quickly formed

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Columbia River floodwaters reach Steigerwald for the first time in almost 60 years


For the first time in 60 years, the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge floodplain was inundated by water from the Columbia River. From June 10-24th, the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam experienced a minor flood event. At times during this event, over 600 acres of the refuge was inundated by floodwaters, including small portions of the trail system and the Channel 3 bridge – though these

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New Steigerwald art released


The Steigerwald Reconnection Project, a $32 million restoration project covering nearly 1000 acres of floodplain habitat at the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge, was the largest of its kind. Led by the Estuary Partnership, the enormous restoration project required the support of dozens of partners, funders, and other project advocates. To celebrate the project’s completion and the

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