Stormwater is a significant source of pollutants to the Columbia River and its tributaries. We work with schools and communities to reconfigure schoolyards, parking lots, streets, and other impermeable surfaces to allow stormwater to infiltrate into the ground, rather than running directly into our streams and rivers.
Below are several stormwater projects we are currently working on and have completed throughout the years.
The Estuary Partnership is working alongside the City of Ilwaco and the Port of Ilwaco to enhance the water quality of Baker Bay. The project will add stormwater treatment facilities along Howerton Avenue and its adjacent parking lots. The project will also enhance pedestrian connections between the Port’s parking areas, businesses on Howerton Avenue, and the Discovery Trail. The result will be a visually appealing streetscape that is appealing to locals and welcoming to area visitors. Construction on this project is expected to begin in 2024.
Grattix boxes are a simple, innovative stormwater solution to reduce zinc and copper from roof runoff. Designed by the Port of Vancouver, the Grattix box is essentially an above-ground rain garden in a box. The Estuary Partnership is providing free Grattix boxes to businesses along the Columbia River from Scappoose, Oregon to Longview, Washington, to help them meet state requirements for stormwater discharge.
In 2023, the Estuary Partnership teamed up with the City of Rainier to complete a project that will treat polluted stormwater runoff from the city boat ramp parking lot before it flows into the Columbia River.
At Sitton School in North Portland, a partnership between the Estuary Partnership, Depave, Portland Parks and Recreation, the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association, and the school community gave students a greener schoolyard.
Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School in North Portland had too much asphalt and not enough grass. In 2018, the Estuary Partnership partnered with the school and Depave to remove 8,800 square feet of asphalt from their school grounds.
At Vernon School in Northeast Portland, students had limited green space and very little shade on their largely paved playground. Over two separate projects, we worked with the school community and various partners to remove asphalt, plant trees for shade, and create an outdoor classroom with rain gardens to treat runoff from the school roof.