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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, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Oregon Zoo, and The Intertwine Alliance, is offering the first ever Sandy River Delta Eco-Blitz on Saturday, April … Continue reading

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SRBWC is hiring: Are you the next Community Stewardship Coordinator?

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Join our staff – work on the beautiful Sandy River

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council is recruiting our next Community Stewardship Coordinator.

Are you a creative leader and organizer? Are you interested in working with partner organizations and community groups? Do you want to help us engage the community in a range of basin-wide restoration efforts?

If so, then this might be the position for you! Details are in the Community Stewardship Coordinator position description.

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The Blitz is On: Earth Day at the Sandy River Delta

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Oregon Zoo, and The Intertwine Alliance, is offering the first ever Sandy River Delta Eco-Blitz on Saturday, April 23rd from 9:30am to 3:00pm.Blitz Flyer

The Eco-Blitz engages community members and pairs them with species identification specialists to inventory the biota of the Sandy River Delta, a focus of regional conservation efforts. Teams of identification specialists, families, students, teachers, and other local community members will work together to find and identify as many species of plants, birds, amphibians, insects, mammals, and other organisms as possible, using the iNaturalist smartphone app to record observations.

We will host morning and afternoon outings, with morning groups meeting at the Delta at 9:30am to receive training and survey from 10:15am–noon. The afternoon groups will gather at 12:30pm for training and inventory from 1:15–3:00pm. To register as a community volunteer for the day, visit our online registration.

The Sandy River Delta is a 1,500-acre natural preserve enjoyed by 100,000 visitors annually. A former deciduous forest, timber harvesting converted the site to open pasture until 15 years ago when the US Forest Service purchased the Delta and started the restoration process with a goal of establishing native oak woodland habitat. Since then, 900 acres of blackberry thickets have been removed and over 200,000 native trees and shrubs planted, making the Delta one of the largest deciduous forest restoration projects in the region.

In 2013, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and Portland Water Bureau removed a dam that had blocked the Sandy River’s East Channel since the 1930s, re-establishing the Delta’s braided channel system for the first time in 80 years and reconnecting over one mile of main-stem channel with the Columbia River. The Delta supports an extraordinary diversity of birds, over 180 sighted in recent years, as well as rare, threatened and endangered amphibians and a full range of native wildlife and vegetation species.

Volunteers working to restore oak woodland habitat at the Delta

Volunteers working to restore oak woodland habitat at the Delta

In addition to the April 23rd Eco-Blitz, the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council and Friends of Trees, Confluence, and Friends of the Sandy River Delta sponsor community planting days, twice yearly events where families and friends plant hundreds of native trees and shrubs. Interpretive walks to the Maya Lin Bird Blind are also part of the festivities. Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 5th to participate in the next planting event.

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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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