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

Sandy Delta students

Students test water quality at the Sandy River Delta

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.

February 2014 snowpack

Snowpack levels from February 2014

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
bill@sandyriver.org
971-333-0575

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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, 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.

Delta Eco-Blitz Summary

Floodplain Reconnection summary Delta Education and Planting summaryTimberline to Troutdale Cleanup summary MHCC Retrofit Summary Weed Smackdown summary

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

SRBWC Staff, and Dale

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.

Delta Planting Crew!

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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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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

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

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

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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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 2016 Timberline to Troutdale Cleanup.

We will focus on clearing trash from the headwaters of the Salmon River at Timberline Lodge on September 17th and a section of the lower Sandy by floating between Dabney and Lewis & Clark State Parks on September 10th.

For more information, email sara@sandyriver.org.

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Join us for the annual SRBWC Picnic & Council Meeting

Join the Sandy River Basin Watershed Council Saturday, July 30th at our annual Summer Picnic at Timberline Rim Recreation Club. We’ll host a tour of a nearby floodplain restoration project at 10:30AM, enjoy lunch at noon (we’ll have main dishes and non-alcoholic drinks; feel free to bring a side or dessert to share), and then begin a brief Council meeting at 1:30. You’re welcome to come to any and all parts of the meeting.

Summer Picnic Invite

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