#6: Lamprey


We have many amazing creatures that we share the lower Columbia River with. One of them is a fish species that has survived for 300–400 million years, migrates to and from the ocean, and provided sustenance for generations upon generations of Tribal peoples along the Columbia. No, not salmon (that species is far younger), but lamprey!  

lamprey pictured with its circular, teeth-rimmed mouth toward the front
photo credit USFWS

Can you imagine a fish that swims on this Earth today that is unchanged in many ways from when it first evolved ~400 million years ago? A fish that burrows like an earthworm into the river bottom for up to 10 years, improving the river for other species

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The story of Horsetail Creek floodplain


For nearly a decade, the Estuary Partnership has been working alongside the US Forest Service to restore a critical slice of floodplain habitat in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. Floodplain habitat for migrating salmon is especially scarce in the Gorge--this site makes up 31% of this type of habitat in the lower Gorge. Our work has improved fish passage, enhanced habitat quality, and reduced stream temperatures in the site to give salmonids a place to rest and feed during their migration.

aerial image of the Horsetail site

Find out more in the storymap!

Special thanks to Oregon Watershed Enhancement

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Field Technician Application


Duration & Time Commitment: June 2021 – September 2021 Salary Range: $20/hour Job Classification: Short-Term Supervisor: Principal Wetlands Scientist Location: Astoria, Oregon Application Deadline: Monday, May 3, 2021 Position Information The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership seeks a Field Technician to provide field data collection, sample processing, and data management support for our Ecosystem and Action Effectiveness Monitoring Programs. The position runs from early June 2021 through September 30, 2021 and requires outdoor work in all weather conditions, navigating difficult terrain on

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We're Hiring a Field Technician for Monitoring Programs


We are seeking a Field Technician to provide field data collection, sample processing, and data management support for our Ecosystem and Action Effectiveness Monitoring Programs. The position runs from early June 2021 through September 30, 2021 and requires outdoor work in all weather conditions, navigating difficult terrain on foot and carrying field gear to monitoring sites. Most work takes place in a field setting in wetlands, and also involves spending a considerable amount of time in a laboratory, assisting with field sample processing and equipment calibration. The position requires a

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Earth Day for Everyone


April is Earth Month and the 51st anniversary of Earth Day! For more than 50 years, the world has recognized Earth Day as a day of action. This year the Estuary Partnership is teaming up with nonprofits across the state for the Earth Day Oregon* campaign. And together we are working to Amplify Earth Day!

two different hands reach for a piece of robin's egg shell

As a nonprofit that supports several of the UN's 17 sustainable development goals, we are simultaneously addressing Quality Education, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life On Land, and other SDGs to create a more sustainable planet. You can help!

refugees paddle a Big CanoeOur goal is to raise $3,000 this

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#7: Crane's Landing


There is a spot managed by Columbia Land Trust specifically for sandhill cranes.


sandhill crane in the grass
Photo credit USFWS.

With their tall stature, prominent red crown patch, unique calls and extravagant dance moves, sandhill cranes are a magnificent sight. On the lower Columbia River within the Vancouver Lowlands, Columbia Land Trust manages a 527-acre property that is conserved specifically for these birds and attracts them in high numbers during the fall through spring months.  

In 2016, the Port of Vancouver donated several parcels in the Vancouver Lowlands for this iconic species to spend eight months of the year

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Horsetail Creek Floodplain Restoration


Horsetail Creek, in the Columbia River Gorge, was historically a dynamic part of the Columbia River floodplain with an ash forest, willow bottoms, and five creeks and sloughs connecting to the river, providing important habitat for salmon, steelhead and lamprey. The area is important, as quality floodplain habitat is scarce and for out-migrating salmon, the Horsetail floodplain is one of the last spots to rest and feed before traveling through the Portland-Vancouver Metro area where such habitat is severely limited. The project happened over two phases. Find more about Phase 2 here. You can

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26 Reasons to Love the Lower Columbia


The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership is celebrating our 26th birthday! In 2020, we had hoped to celebrate our milestone 25th anniversary, but COVID threw a wrench in that, as it did with so many plans. But now we are one year older and wiser. And we want to share with you some of the things that we think are so great about our river and its people. 

Now we know that there are many, many reasons to love the lower Columbia. But throughout the year, we will be sharing 26 of our favorites. Email and tell us yours!

#1: We are Improving Stormwater Management

Read more about efforts

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