The Sandy River Watershed Council is pleased to announce the location of our new office space. We’ve moved to Likowski Hall on the campus of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Rockwood, next door to Gresham’s Nadaka Nature Park.
While the new headquarters is outside the Sandy River watershed’s boundaries, SRWC remains committed to the serving broad community of residents, fish and wildlife who live in, visit, recreate and get their drinking water from the Sandy. “Our office location has changed,” said SRWC Executive Director Steve Wise, “but our deep commitments to restoration in the Sandy and its tributaries, and to engaging the Sandy’s communities in stewardship, remain the same. The Sandy represents a resource to almost everyone in the Portland Metro area,” through the drinking water supply from Bull Run, Wise said. “Having our office in Rockwood, along with the education and training activities of our Sandy Watershed Learning Center, is a great way to deepen our connections with the diverse cultural communities in this neighborhood and the broader Metro area.”
SRWC has been based at Mt. Hood Community College for the past four years, where a partnership led to MHCC’s gaining certification as the first Salmon Safe community college in the nation. “We’re deeply invested in our partnership with MHCC, even though we’ve moved off campus,” Wise said, with a second round of bioswale and rain garden construction scheduled to begin on the MHCC campus in August. “Thousands of students and community members have joined watershed workshops, trainings, volunteer activities and tours at Mt. Hood, so that work will carry on.”
St. Aidan’s hosts a number of community organizations in its office space, and played a key role in supporting the community in opening Nadaka Park in 2015. Friends of Nadaka Nature park is also based at St. Aidan’s, which is taking steps toward certification as a Gresham Green Business. “The Celtic ethos celebrates beauty in life, whether it’s nature or a rock,” said Rev. Esme Culver, pastor of St. Aidan’s. “There are a lot of things that connect that we’re excited about.”