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

  • Get involved as our videographer volunteer!

    Have some experience with filming or video editing? Want to build your resume or portfolio? We’re looking for you!

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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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  • Connecting the Community to the Watershed

    Learn about our work in the Columbia Slough Watershed.
    Pro bono video production by Jeff Ball.

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  • Register Your Fred Meyer Card to support the slough!

    Are you a Fred Meyer customer? Support the Slough just by getting groceries! Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million each year - up to $625,000 each quarter to community organizations - make this support go to work for your watershed! All you have to do is link your Rewards Card and use it when you shop at Fred Meyer. By registering your card you are helping decide what these funds support.

    To register your card visit: www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards  Register and then add Columbia Slough Watershed Council as your Community Rewards organization. Search for organization number: 83957

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Stewardship Saturday: Kelly Point Park

Saturday January 17, 9:00am

THERE HAS BEEN A DATE CHANGE FOR THIS EVENT

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Stewardship Saturday: Columbia Children's Arboretum

Saturday January 31, 9:00am

Friends of Tree, Portland Parks and Recreation and the Slough team need YOUR help!

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Stewardship Saturday: Johnson Lake

Saturday February 14, 9:00am

Show some love this Valentine's Day to the Sumner neighborhood's Johnson Lake Park!

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