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Portland Residents Vote to Maintain Watershed Protection

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council joined a broad coalition of groups interested in the environment, social justice, and sustainable economies to urge Portland residents to vote “no” on the May 20th primary ballot for measure 26-156. The ballot measure was defeated … Continue reading

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Judge: Sandy Hatchery Violates Endangered Species Act

A Federal judge has ruled that the Sandy Hatchery violates the Endangered Species Act because of its impacts on wild salmon.  The ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by Native Fish Society (NFS) and McKenzie Fly Fishers contending that the … Continue reading

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2013 Salmon Olympics

With the end of coho salmon returns and the arrival of winter weather, we’re happy to report the 2013 Fall Salmon Toss was a success.  With funding from the Portland Water Bureau and assistance from Oregon Department of Fish and … Continue reading

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Over 100 volunteers help plant the Sandy Delta

Around 130 volunteers planted 800 trees and shrubs at the Sandy Delta in an effort to restore native forest vegetation.  The Sandy River Delta is undergoing multiple methods of restoration, including invasive species removal, native plantings, wetland protection fencing, and the … Continue reading

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Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Potentially Listed

The western populations of yellow-billed cuckoo are proposed to be listed as “threatened” to the federal list under the Endangered Species Act.  The yellow-billed cuckoo primarily resides in riparian forests, which have been threatened by diminishing available habitat. Populations have been declining … Continue reading

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Free Sandy-versary Celebrated with Restoration Events

On Saturday, October 19th, the Council celebrated the 6-year anniversary of the Sandy River flowing free after the removal of the Marmot Dam in 2007.  Two events celebrated different stages and methods of restoration in the Sandy River Basin, including large-scale in stream … Continue reading

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Sewer pump failure on the Sandy

On October 7th, a sewer pump station operated by Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES)  failed, releasing approximately 168,000 gallons of sewage into the Sandy River.  This sewage release occurred near the Brightwood neighborhood, and was fixed within the same … Continue reading

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Fall rain brings salmon returning to the Sandy River Basin

A wet late September is bringing fall salmon back to their rearing grounds in the Sandy River and its tributaries.  Reports of wild and hatchery salmon from Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and other groups show signs of a … Continue reading

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Delta Dam Removal: Sandy East Channel Flows Free

The Sandy River regained its multi-channel delta with the removal of a small 1930s dam, returning the Sandy’s east channel to free flowing condition for the first time in 80 years. The Corps and Portland Water Bureau collaborated to remove the … Continue reading

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Happy Creek: Reconnected and Content at Last

We are happy to announce the completion of our Happy Creek Reconnection project in Oxbow Park.  With funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, PGE Habitat Fund, East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife … Continue reading

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