Becoming a Climate Smart Conservation Program


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


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


"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


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


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


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!


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


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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Timelapse video of La Center


Since our restoration project at La Center Bottoms was completed last fall, we’ve been monitoring the site to assess the ecological impacts of our restoration. We placed a time-lapse camera to capture some of the winter storms and the resulting high water. As you may recall, we had some significant rain events last fall and winter, and it is fascinating to see the changes to the landscape. Watch

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CREC 2016 Presentations Now Available!


Did you miss our Columbia River Estuary Conference on Anomalous Environmental Conditions last month? Presentations are now available online. Check out our Conference Presentations page.

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