What People Are Saying:

"It felt like a great escape from the classroom, and made me wish we could take our kids outside every day. We slowly walked back to school, wishing to be outside all day." — Partner Teacher with our Slough School Program

What People Are Saying:

"I enjoy volunteering with the Council because it keeps me engaged with 'real life' environmental issues and people." — Council volunteer

Recent News

  • Position Opening - Education Director

    Now accepting applications for the position of Education Director!  For position description and details see the employment section of our website.

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  • Get involved with new internships and volunteer positions!

    Ever thought about getting involved? Now is the time. Three new positions available!

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  • Aquifer Adventure -  a Piratey Sucess!

    On Saturday, September 13th over 500 pirates of all ages joined the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for an event like no other, a pirate-themed groundwater education festival. Now in its twelfth year, Aquifer Adventure teaches families about our underground treasure - not gold, but groundwater, a precious resource that flows below our feet!

    The event featured a groundwater obstacle course, water conservation activities, information on green household cleaners, edible aquifers made from ice cream, canoe rides on the Columbia Slough and more. Attendees also had the chance to explore a drinking water well site and learn how a real aquifer works from Portland Water Bureau experts.

    What makes groundwater so important?  Groundwater from the Columbia South Shore Well Field is a secondary source of drinking water for Portland and is a critical component of the region’s drinking water system. Groundwater is used to help meet higher summer water demands and to provide water during emergencies or when Portland’s primary drinking water source, the Bull Run watershed, is not available. Having a back-up water supply source also helps the City avoid having to build and operate an expensive water filtration plant for the Bull Run source.

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  • New Volunteer positions now open!

    Join us as a volunteer Slough School Educator or Office Assistant!

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Groundwater 101

Saturday November 15, 9:00am

Free educational groundwater workshop.

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Columbia Slough Stories: 20 Years - 20 Stories

Monday November 17, 6:30pm

Join us as we document 20 years of work in the watershed through 20 impact areas. Come share your story! Open to all.

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Stewardship Saturday: Kelly Point Park

Saturday December 13, 9:00am

Join us for the kickoff of Stewardship Saturdays!

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