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Welcome to our new Community Stewardship Coordinator

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council is pleased to announce our newest addition to the team. Join us in wishing Sara Ennis well in her new position as the Community Stewardship Coordinator!

Sara comes to the Council with a background in watershed education and restoration in our basin.  She learned her first native plants at Oxbow Park and taught 6th graders for several seasons along the Sandy River through Outdoor School.  After graduating college, she managed the boat rental and concession at Roslyn Lake.  With Wolftree, a non-profit in outdoor science education, she managed the Cascade Streamwatch Program, teaching thousands of students from across the region at the Wildwood Recreation Area on the Salmon River.

sara photoHer curiosity piqued, Sara pursued more in-depth studies in science, completing a master’s degree in Environmental Management with a focus on river restoration at Portland State University. Sara has worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Forest Service conducting stream surveys throughout the state, and most recently worked for the City of Portland’s Street Tree Program.

Sara is thrilled to realize her decade long wish of working with diverse stakeholders through a watershed council to enhance watershed health and couldn’t be happier to join the Sandy River Basin team.

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Salmon, Water Becoming Focus at College

An overhead view of the MHCC campus, with extensive impervious surfaces, including buildings and parking lots

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council is joining Mt. Hood Community College and other partners to elevate wild salmon habitat and water quality as key goals in future campus management. Working with the East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, … Continue reading

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Learn about our 2015 accomplishments

Read our year end newsletter, which highlights the partnerships that allow us to protect and restore the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the Sandy River Basin. Don’t forget that we rely on partnerships and generous funders to accomplish this work! … Continue reading

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Beaver Creek Culvert Replacement Project

The culvert at Stark Street has a broken fish ladder that blocks nearly 100% of fish passage on Beaver Creek

Multnomah County is working collaboratively with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Metro, City of Troutdale, and the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council to replace a culvert on Beaver Creek where it crosses Stark Street in Gresham. This replacement is scheduled to happen … Continue reading

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SRBWC Joins 4th Annual Flood of Information

SRBWC and geomorphology experts discuss restorative flood response plans with local residents

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council joins Clackamas County Emergency Management, the Villages of Mt. Hood, Hoodland Fire District, and local river geomorphology experts to provide resources to upper watershed residents regarding flood risks on the Sandy River. Through the Flood … Continue reading

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Welcome to our AmeriCorps Community Involvement Specialist

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council is pleased to welcome Jesse Holt to our team as an AmeriCorps Community Involvement Specialist. A Troutdale native, Jesse attended Reynolds High School and Mt. Hood Community College before receiving his Bachelor’s degree in … Continue reading

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Summer Smackdown Success

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As summer turns to fall, the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council team wraps up our third year of the “weed smackdown”, our annual fight against invasive species. We worked this summer in partnership with the Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District … Continue reading

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Policeman’s Helmet Targeted for Treatment

Extensive populations grow in shady or nearly full-sun conditions, impacting individual plant's flowering season

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council is partnering with the Clackamas County Soil & Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) Weedwise Program to reduce the spread of Policeman’s Helmet (Impatiens glandulifera) by expanding landowner outreach and surveying for other early detection priority invasive plants. … Continue reading

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Power Plant Still Looms on Sandy’s Horizon

Proposed site of the Troutdale Energy Center (Courtesy Friends of Columbia Gorge)

Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality is taking public comment on a water quality permit for the proposed Troutdale Energy Center, a 653-megawatt gas fired power plant that would be built near the west bank of the Sandy River. DEQ will … Continue reading

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Lack of Snow Impacts Sandy Flow

Snow measurement sites show a statewide lack of snowpack, with the highest levels still only 36% of average

Low snowpack this winter has made headlines across the state of Oregon, and the Sandy Basin is no exception. As of mid-March, the Mt. Hood snow gauges show that we are at 6% of average annual snowpack based on data … Continue reading

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