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Join us for the Timberline to Troutdale Cleanup!

Join the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council, Snowrider Project, Solve, Stout Creek Outfitters, Timberline Lodge, Portland Mountain Rescue, American Medical Response, Voodoo Donuts and other great volunteers like you in our 2017 Timberline to Troutdale Cleanup.

We will focus on clearing trash from the headwaters of the Salmon River at Timberline Lodge on September 16th and a section of the lower Sandy by floating between Dabney and Lewis & Clark State Parks on September 23rd.

Both events are scheduled to proceed. Please check back here for updates and announcements. We will be updating as late as Friday, September 22nd.

For more information email sara@sandyriver.org.

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Eagle Creek Fire – Sandy River Updates

Many people have been curious and concerned about impacts from the Eagle Creek Fire on the Sandy River watershed. The fire has reached upper areas of the Bull Run, and like much of Northwest Oregon covered the Sandy basin in smoke and ash fall. The Portland Water Bureau indicated that drinking water quality and infrastructure have not currently been affected by the fire. Additionally, the US Forest Service has stated that no fire retardant has been dropped within the Bull Run watershed. Agency fire managers report that the fire response in the Bull Run is being taken care of by hand crews and water drops.  The Sandy Delta has been closed, along with Interstate 84 east of Troutdale, with portions of the watershed including Corbett and Troutdale on fire alert for potential evacuation. A Red Cross relief center near our office at Mt. Hood Community College is hosting about 70 of the 1900 evacuees from the Eagle Creek fire area.

We have also heard from volunteers eager to help in fire recovery. If you are interested in helping restore areas of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, we encourage you to join us with Friends of Trees to plant native trees at the Sandy River Delta in November and February.
We will post additional information on any watershed impacts, as well as volunteer opportunities, as it arises.


Fire area map, with Bull Run Watershed boundaries

 


Red Cross – Disaster Relief setup at Mt. Hood Community College

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Ready to Serve the Sandy? Be Our Treasurer

Sandy at Marmot undammed

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council (SRBWC) is seeking a skilled and dedicated Treasurer to grow our ecological and community impact in the Sandy’s iconic, dynamic environment. The Treasurer serves as a volunteer member of SRBWC’s Board of Directors for a … Continue reading

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‘There is Still Time to Take Action’ – Climate Adaptation Workshop Summary

Scaled restoration strategies for rivers and the forests that surround them can offset some key projected climate changes expected in the Pacific Northwest, according to a group of regional experts who gathered to review climate adaptation science and strategies at Mt. … Continue reading

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Seeking Bids for Clean Water Retrofit Design

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council is seeking proposals from qualified individuals or firms to provide engineering design and construction oversight for the Campus Creeks Clean Water Retrofit project on the Mt. Hood Community College campus. The Request for Proposals document … Continue reading

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Get ready for the Eco-Blitz!

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Port of Portland, and The Intertwine Alliance, is pleased to welcome back the 2nd Annual Sandy River Delta Eco-Blitz on Saturday, April 22nd from 9:30am to 3:00pm. … Continue reading

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Climate Adaptation in the Sandy: Resiliency Strategies for the New Normal

What do warmer summers, shifting snowpack levels, changing rain and storm cycles, and lower summer river flows mean for future conservation in the Sandy River? These and other potential impacts of climate change represent the “new normal” that is already … Continue reading

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2016 Year in Review

Year in Review 2016 2016 on the Sandy River reminds us the amazing things that can happen when we commit together to what we love: clean water, healthy forests, diverse, beautiful, inspiring places for all of us — people, fish, … Continue reading

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Restorative Flood Response Guide Released

Restorative Flood Response Community Handbook

A new guide to the Sandy River’s flood behavior and ecology will be released at the Flood of Information event, followed by a restoration site field tour, Saturday September 24. In partnership with the Clackamas County Disaster Management, the Hoodland … Continue reading

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Salmon, Water Becoming Focus at College

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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