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EP in the News: Estuary Partnership hosts EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

05.04.12

On May 4 the Estuary Partnership hosted Lisa Jackson, US EPA Administrator, at the Scott School rain garden. Administrator Jackson applauded the student's work on their school yard rain garden and reminded them that the Columbia River belongs to everyone and we are all responsible to take care of it. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the EPA National Estuary Program, created for conservation and restoration of our nation's estuaries.

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EP in the News: New Study Identifies Toxic Compounds in the Columbia River

05.08.12

A USGS study, done in cooperation with Estuary Partnership and Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission detected hundreds of contaminants in water samples collected from wastewater-treatment-plant effluent and storm runoff from roads and other urban areas. The water samples were taken in nine cities that line the Columbia River in Oregon and Washington including Wenatchee, Richland, Umatilla, The Dalles, Hood River, Portland, Vancouver, St. Helens, and Longview.

Link here to the full report.

 

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EP in the News: Wendt students paddle their way to outdoor learning

04.19.12

"We had the greatest day of our lives," said fifth grade student Kayla Wisner when asked about the class canoe trip through the Elochoman Slough.
"We saw some amazing things; like a sea lion, a sea otter and even some King-Fishers. We sang songs. We went really fast too!”

Read full story below.

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Summit discusses managing emerging science

06.05.12

Over 100 participants gathered for the Estuary Partnership's sixth annual Science to Policy Summit, June 1 at the Vancouver Hilton.

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Wahkeena Creek diversion closed for summer experiment

05.31.12

The Estuary Partnership, Oregon State Parks, and ODFW hope to reduce (or eliminate) the diversion because Wahkeena Creek provides habitat for coho salmon and steelhead.

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Estuary Partnership sponsors pesticide disposal event

06.21.12

On June 20th the Washington Department of Agriculture collected approximately 10,000 lbs. of unused pesticides in Longview, WA.

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Water Trail Logo/Poster Also to Become Water Trail Signage

08.25.12

After a few hours of lively discussion at the Water Trail Signage workshop this August one thing was clear - people signage on the Lower Columbia River Water Trail will enhance both the trail's identity, but more importantly the use experience as well. The workshop's 25 participants discussed the purposes and goals of signage while critiquing three signage concepts. After much debate, general consensus emerged that an adaptatoin of the Water Trail logo, with River Miles, a paddling icon, and other details was the way to go. Next steps are in process with the first signs scheduled to be

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Columbian Editorial Supports Water Trails

10.19.12

The in-development Lewis River-Vancouver Lake Water Trail being developed by the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation gets kudos from this Columbian Editorial for their "forward thinking." It notes that an offical water trail and a well-designed web site would "coodinate kayaking and canoieing activites" and promote paddling safety. Along the way it praises two existing trails - the Cascadia Marine Trail in Puget Sound, and our own Lower Columbia River Water Trail! Read the editorial here.

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Oregon State Marine Board Requires Invasive Species Permits for all Non-Motorized Boats in 2011

06.11.11

All manually powered boats 10 feet and longer operating Oregon waterways now need to have on-board an Oregon State invasive species permit. Funds from the $7 permits will pay for programs designed to protect Oregon's waterways from invasive species. Non-motorized boats from Washington may launch in Oregon within ONE RIVER MILE of the Columbia River (or Snake River) without a permit. Additional information, such as purchase information is available at the Oregon State Marine Board Web site.  

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NY Times Names Lower Columbia River one of "Seven Rivers Less Paddled" in May 16 Travel Section

05.18.10

The at times difficult stretch of lower Columbia River from Brownsmead to Astoria that is replete with islands, big tides, and a navigation around Tongue Point is highlighted in the New York Times May 16 Sunday Travel Section. The Times notes that the Lower Columbia River Estuary Partnership has water trail maps on the Water Trail Web site and warns paddlers about the Columbia River Bar using its well know moniker, Graveyard of the Pacific. Other rivers profiled include the Connecticut River, the Milwaukee River, and the Rio Grande. Check out the NY Times Article.

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