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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 showing up in Oregon climate data, and may challenge how we approach restoration efforts for wild salmon and wildlife along the Sandy.
We cordially invite you to an informative day-long workshop exploring how we can adapt to climate change in the Sandy River basin, with a focus on our conservation work at the Sandy River Delta.
The event, free to the public, will feature regional experts on climate change, habitat restoration, forest and river ecology leading a discussion of how conservation can succeed in the face of ongoing and prospective climate change. Pre-registration is requested, by phone or at the link below.
When and where:
Monday, February 27th, 2017
10AM – 3PM
(Sign-in opens at 9:30AM)
Mt Hood Community College Visual Arts Theatre
26000 SE Stark Street
Gresham, OR 97030
Funding for the workshop is provided from a grant by the Wildlife Conservation Society through the Climate Adaptation Fund. Support to establish the Climate Adaptation Fund was provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF).
Click here to see a draft agenda with a list of speakers.
To attend Climate Adaptation in the Sandy: Resiliency Strategies for the New Normal, please signup here:
For questions, contact Bill Weiler
The Community Planting Day scheduled for today, Saturday February 4, has been postponed due to weather conditions. The latest ice storm has covered our planting area, so we’re canceling today’s event. Look for a re-scheduled date on our calendar soon. … Continue reading
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, animals — to live, play and thrive. These images capture a few of the great moments in restoration many of you helped us to achieve this year. We’re proud of progress we made with your help, working together toward our mission to restore and protect the natural, cultural and historic resources of the Sandy.
From Timberline to Troutdale, from the basin’s glacial headwaters to the Sandy Delta’s confluence with the Columbia, 2016 featured some remarkable accomplishments, which we could not have done without the record number of people and organizations who worked shoulder to shoulder with us. Nine years after the removal of Marmot dam, more floodplains are connected, more people of all ages involved, and more wild fish are spawning in the Sandy and its tributaries. We’re poised to launch major initiatives in urban green infrastructure and climate adaptation, among others, and we look forward to a special 2017 to mark the dual Sandyversary, celebrating the Council’s 20th year and the 10th year of a free flowing Sandy.
Sandy By The Numbers
- 1807 volunteers contributed 4080 hours
- 350 % increase in Sandy River wild steelhead spawners since 1998 ESA listing (over 4,000 adults in 2016)
- 5,454,023 – estimated annual tons of toxic pollutant emissions avoided by cancelation of the proposed Troutdale Energy Center gas-fired power plant across from the Sandy Delta
- 87+ participating partner organizations
We are grateful to those who supported our work this year, including:
- $17,462 private funding
- $96,041 direct public support
- $759,599 government grants
- $94,450 value of volunteer hour
Thanks to our supporters and partners for making our work possible:
Ash Creek Forest Management, Baker and Colson, Bureau of Land Management, Center for Diversity and the Environment, City of Gresham, City of Portland, City of Sandy, City of Troutdale, Clackamas County, Clackamas County Bank, Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, College Possible, Collins Foundation, Columbia Gorge Cooperative Weed Management Area, Columbia Gorge Ecology Institute, Columbia Land Trust, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, Confluence Environmental Center, Confluence, Corbett High School, David Douglas High School, Daimler North America, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, The Freshwater Trust, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Friends of the Sandy Delta, Friends of Trees, Four-County Cooperative Weed Management Area, Gray Family Foundation, Herrera Engineering, The Intertwine Alliance, Jubitz Family Foundation, LKE Corporation, Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, Gresham High School, Mazamas, Metro, Meyer Memorial Trust, Mt. Hood Community College, Multnomah County, National Forest Foundation, Native Fish Society, Natural Systems Design, Network of Oregon Watershed Councils, Northwest Steelheaders, One Percent for the Planet, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, ODFW Restoration & Enhancement Program, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon State Parks, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Oregon Wildlife, Oregon Zoo, Patagonia World Trout Initiative, Port of Portland, Portland General Electric Habitat Fund, Portland Trail Blazers Threes for Trees, Portland Water Bureau, Project Youth Employment and Support Services, Reynolds High School, Sabin Elementary School, Sam Barlow High School, Sandy River Basin Partners, SOLVE, Snowrider Project, Stout Creek Outfitters, Student Watershed Research Program, The Nature Conservancy, Timberline Rim Homeowners Association and Recreation Club, Travel Oregon, Trout Unlimited, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish and Wildlife, USDA Forest Service, Walt Morey Middle School, We Love Clean Rivers, Western Rivers Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund, and Woodland Elementary School.
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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
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 … Continue reading
Orange Hawkweedhas been found on the Lolo Pass Road, in a meadow on the Burnt Lake trail, and most recently in the Wildcat Mountain area, following a landowner report to the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District at the … Continue reading
December 2011 Bull Run Decision Supports Ecosystem Services (Oregonian op-ed) Clackamas County Flood Forum ‘Hits a few Snags’ (Mountain Times) November 2011 Portland Gets Waiver for Bull Run UV Filtration (Oregonian) Agencies to Remove Sandy Delta Dam (Oregonian) ‘Flood Worries … Continue reading
November/December 2010 Hatchery Fish spawn concerns over weakening wild salmon (12/9) Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation Supports SRBWC City Considers Land Purchase (11/30) Wild Coho Reach Cedar Creek 11/9 October 2010 Restoration with Results: Video of spawning fish in … Continue reading