Clackamas County WES is awarding $270K in grants to protect watersheds

From: Gari Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services, 503-742-4631

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County Water Environment Services is awarding $270,000 in grants through the RiverHealth Stewardship Program to 14 organizations for the protection of watersheds to enhance water quality.

The grants will support a variety of activities that restore habitat, manage invasive plant species, organize community volunteer events, provide watershed science education, and remove trash from waterways. Nine of the projects have an on-the-ground component, nine include education and outreach, two include professional or job training, two include funding for cleanups, one is a green infrastructure demonstration, and one is a study on strategies for stormwater management for climate change. The grants will also support the continued stewardship of previously restored project sites to protect investments made in recent years.

Watersheds to benefit from the grants include Kellogg Creek, Mt Scott Creek, Sieben Creek, Carli Creek, Cow Creek, Rock Creek, Johnson Creek, and the Clackamas River. The following 14 organizations will receive a total of $270,000 in grant funds:

  • Cascade Pacific Resource Conservation & Development/Dig In Community – This project will restore and monitor riparian corridors at three sites while integrating environmental education to students using a service learning model; $22,000
  • Clackamas River Basin Council – Conduct maintenance and stewardship activities to control weeds and establish native plants at five large project sites affecting two waterways and provide watershed health education to the public; $30,000
  • Clackamas River Community Cooperative – Improve and maintain stream bank stabilization, create a riparian zone, and work with partners to foster community understanding, awareness and stewardship; $12,000
  • Columbia Land Trust and Audubon Society of Portland – Increase enrollment of Clackamas property owners in the Backyard Habitat Certification Program that improves watershed health and wildlife habitat in developed areas; $10,000
  • Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO) – Educate students in watershed health and through stewardship activities by applying concepts learned in the classroom to school campus rain gardens; $15,300
  • Friends of Trees – Engage students and the community in environmental education and stewardship opportunities and events to establish healthy riparian plantings at multiple sites; $29,900
  • Johnson Creek Watershed Council – Engage community in education and outreach activities through Science in the Park event, hands-on stewardship learning opportunities for students, creek cleanup, planting, and identification of stormwater reduction projects; $21,000
  • North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District – Implement habitat restoration to improve water quality, engage volunteers at new watershed-wide cleanup event, and support planning to initiate a youth education partnership; $15,800
  • North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council – Improve riparian conditions to enhance streamside wildlife habitat and improve water quality while fostering an ethic of stewardship in property owners; $30,000
  • Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides – Improve skills of landscape professionals in the design, installation, and maintenance of low-impact development facilities by providing a how-to workshop; $5,000
  • Northwest Youth Corps – Provide conservation training and work experience to youth as they reduce invasive species, mulch newly planted native trees, and maintain vegetated stormwater facilities; $17,000
  • Portland State University Institute for Sustainable Solutions – Share research on water quality and quantity in the Clackamas River Basin with stakeholders and explore strategies for water management in the region given future changes in climate; $22,000
  • The Wetlands Conservancy – Provide field trips to wetlands for elementary school classes and teach students about urban wetland ecology, including curriculum on wetlands, beaver and amphibians; $10,000
  • WeBUILT (We Build Unique Independent Lives Together) – Create sensory-sensitive environments for individuals with autism that contribute to outdoor educational opportunities that reduce impacts on water, such as organic living-wall gardens, permeable footpaths, and swales. $30,000

Find out more about the RiverHealth Stewardship Program online or by contacting WES Technical Services Coordinator Gail Shaloum at gshaloum@clackamas.us or 503-742-4597.