The year 2020 marks the start of a new decade, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and the beginning of our second generation as the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. It is also the 20th year of the Henrietta Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the health of our watershed in Leadership and Achievement. Now, more than ever, we are inspired by the passion of our community members, the dedication of our volunteers, and the support of local businesses that have joined the Council in protecting and enhancing our land and waterways.


The Slough Celebration Gala is our signature benefit event, through which we recognize community leaders and raise vital support for environmental stewardship, education, and equitable access to nature. With the unprecedented challenges our communities now face surrounding COVID-19, we have been busy developing creative ways to continue delivering on our mission. While we are saddened that we cannot dine together this year, we are excited to present some alternative ways to give and celebrate each other's successes this spring. Like the Slough itself, our community and our organization are resilient. With your support, the Columbia Slough Watershed Council can continue engaging students, families, and volunteers to make this hidden gem shine.

  • Earth Month Giving: Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! For the entire month of April, you will be entered into a raffle to win a new kayak for every $100 you donate (drawing on May 1st)!

  • Online Auction - Postponed: Stay tuned for more information about participating in our online silent auction this spring. We have a wide variety of fun-filled gift packages to offer, thanks to the generosity of our local businesses and community members.  

  • Virtual Gala Celebration - Postponed: Later this spring, join us for a live virtual Gala Celebration! Dress up in your Gala finest, pour yourself a sparkling beverage, and tune in using the buttons below. We will feature this year’s awardees Nestor Campos of Verde NW and Levee Ready Columbia; Slough trivia; tips and tricks from our expert staff; and more! In addition, thanks to our sponsors, any donation made during our virtual Gala will also be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $20,000!

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Meet the Henrietta Award Winners

Join us this summer to honor and celebrate our awardees in person! Details to come.

Nestor Campos

Verde NW

Levee Ready Columbia

Congratulations to the winners of our 20th Environmental Awards--now dubbed the "Henrietta Awards," after our mascot Henrietta the Great Blue Heron--presented by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council.

Each year, the Council invites nominations for people, groups, and projects that have made a significant contribution to the health of our watershed. From the many amazing nominations received, we are thrilled to share that the 2020 awardees are Nestor Campos of Verde NW, and the Levee Ready Columbia project.

Thank You to Our Sponsors!


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