County awards $240,000 in grants to improve health of watersheds

Clackamas County Water Environment Services awarded $240,000 in grants through the RiverHealth Stewardship Program to 14 organizations to support watershed restoration, education and stewardship activities. 

The grants will support a variety of activities that enhance water quality, restore habitat, manage invasive plant species, organize community volunteer events, provide watershed science education, and remove trash from waterways. 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 Rock Creek, Kellogg Creek, Mount Scott Creek, Phillips Creek, Rose Creek, Johnson Creek, and the Clackamas River.

The following 14 organizations will receive a total of $240,000 in grant funds:

  • Audubon Society of Portland and Columbia Land Trust – Provide Backyard Habitat Certification Program to improve local habitat and watershed health in Northern Clackamas County’s developed areas; $10,000
  • Clackamas River Basin Council – Conduct maintenance and stewardship activities to control weeds at four large project sites, along with expanded landowner outreach and engagement, including volunteer planting events; $24,535
  • Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors (ECO – Educate students through stewardship concepts learned in the classroom and applied in school campus rain gardens; $14,930
  • Friends of Trees – Engage students and the community in environmental education and stewardship opportunities and events to establish healthy riparian plantings; $29,998
  • Greater Portland Sustainability Education Network – Identify barriers of participation by Muslim and Iranian communities in stewardship activities and build capacity to enhance participation; $3,000
  • Johnson Creek Watershed Council – Host, coordinate and conduct outreach for annual watershed volunteer event and partner science talk, and provide stewardship learning opportunities for students; $12,430
  • Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership – Hands-on student education with landscape architect to assess school campus stormwater infiltration and provide concept plan to improve and protect water quality; $12,000
  • North Clackamas School District – Enhance Mount Scott Creek stream corridor and provide stewardship training and education; $6,836
  • North Clackamas Urban Watersheds– Enhance streamside wildlife habitat and improve water quality while fostering an ethic of stewardship and empowerment in property owners; $30,000
  • Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides – Survey landscape and pest control companies and provide training on effective pesticide-free landscape management; $18,989
  • Northwest Youth Corps – Provide stewardship work experience to youth as they reduce invasive species and increase native tree and shrub canopy cover in local riparian areas; $10,990
  • Sah Hah Lee Golf Course – Establish a 1,500 foot-long riparian buffer along the Clackamas River and engage students in stewardship activities; $15,000
  • Student Watershed Research Project – Engage students in monitoring and documenting effects of restoration efforts at Rock Creek Confluence project and raise awareness of stream restoration; $22,673
  • The Wetlands Conservancy – Host community meetings and wetland tours to provide opportunities for local residents to actively learn about wetland and watershed health; $28,619

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