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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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Welcome to our new community stewardship coordinator

The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council is excited to welcome the newest member to our staff- Corinne Handelman.  Corinne comes to us with over 4 years of experience in community outreach and environmental education.  She recently completed a Master’s degree … Continue reading

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The Great Summer Weed-Out

This summer we hit the ground running with a goal of removing invasive species to restore our waterways!  Led by our own Matt Moreland, we partnered with Mt. Hood Community College’s Project YESS and Northwest Youth Corps to target a … Continue reading

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Recap: Salmon Canyon Clean-Up

The third annual Salmon Headwaters Clean-Up sponsored by the Snowrider Project yielded big results once again! Over 4,000 pounds of garbage was removed from the headwaters of the Salmon River, near Timberline Lodge.  Additionally, 1,200 pounds of scrap metal were … Continue reading

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Summer Picnic – Monday July 22

Join the Council for our annual Summer Picnic, an outdoor celebration of the Sandy’s beauty and extraordinary habitat at Dodge Park Community Hall on Monday July 22. We’ll begin with a picnic and family gathering at 4:30 p.m. At 6:30 … Continue reading

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Weed out Invasives: Workshop Tuesday June 11

Native plants make up a resilient but sometimes vulnerable foundation of healthy salmon habitat. But the arrival and spread of noxious invasive plants can disrupt the natural balance along otherwise healthy streams. Join US Forest Service Botanist David Lebo for … Continue reading

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