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Galmour shots from an amazing Gala!

Galmour shots from an amazing Gala!

Even though a few weeks have passed, we are still relishing in the glory an amazing Slough Celebration Gala! Thanks to the generosity and support of our donors, staff, volunteers, and all who attended the Gala, we were able to surpass our fundraising goal. Thank you also to Traveling Julie Photography and Portland Event Photography for capturing some of our favorite moments of the night:






Gala Success!

Gala Success!

On March 8th, hundreds of our partners and supporters gathered at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel for a glamorous evening of awards, fine dining, a silent auction, and great company—all in support of the Slough!

Thanks to the dedication, and generosity of our supporters,
at the Slough Celebration Gala this year! What an achievement!

Attendees enjoyed a photo booth, decadent desserts, local beer and wine, and many walked away with elaborate prize packages. One lucky winner scored a brand new Old Town canoe, others won wine tours and kayak adventures, some went home with shopping sprees and spa packages, and the list goes on! A big thanks goes out to all of our sponsors and donors who made the night possible.

Register TODAY for Slough 101!

Register TODAY for Slough 101!

Do you live, work or play near the Columbia Slough?  Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for Slough 101 on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 from 9AM - 1PM!

This free, hands-on workshop will provide participants with a wide overview of the Columbia Slough’s relationship to environmental, social, and economic issues in the watershed (North/Northeast Portland and Gresham). We will explore a variety of topics, including:
- Geologic characteristics and history
- Economic impacts
- Indigenous perspective of the Slough and its natural resources
- Flood protection initiatives
- Groundwater resources
- Current environmental challenges and restoration projects

Learn more about this event and REGISTER here!

Slough 101 flyer

Welcome New Executive Director, Cathy Kellon

Welcome New Executive Director, Cathy Kellon

Dear CSWC Community,

After a wide-ranging search, we are excited to announce a new Executive Director for our organization. We have chosen Cathy Kellon to lead our agency into 2019 and going forward. Her experience, credentials and leadership skills are a great match for what our organization needs in order to meet the challenges which await us in the future.

Here is a little background for people who do not know anything about Cathy:
Cathy P. Kellon has over 18 years of experience developing and applying strategic approaches to improve habitat for native fish and wildlife, expand public awareness about the value of nature’s services, and increase community access to clean water. Most recently, Cathy was the Working Waters Director at the nonprofit organization, The Geos Institute, where she co-founded the Drinking Water Providers Partnership and led efforts to restore streams in the Pacific Northwest to benefit native fish habitat and drinking water supplies. Previously, she led the Water and Watersheds Program and the State of the Salmon Program at Ecotrust. She has served on the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council and Carpe Diem West’s Healthy Headwaters Leadership Team. Cathy earned her Masters degree in Geography, with a minor in Interdisciplinary Water Resources Studies, from Oregon State University. 

Please join us as we welcome Cathy Kellon to our organization.


Bob Dolphin
Chairperson, CSWC Board of Directors

Congratulations Award Winners!

Each year at the CSWC Celebration Gala, we recognize three individuals, groups, organizations or projects that have made extraordinary contributions to protect, enhance, restore, and revitalize the Columbia Slough and its watershed.

McKinstry Co

Leadership Award: McKinstry Company

We are happy to present our 2019 Leadership Award to McKinstry Company. Mckinstry has been a long time supporter of the Council’s mission on several fronts.  For years they have supported the council through event sponsorships, team building restoration events and by allowing the Council to hold public events for free at their LEED Certified facility. This past year, McKinstry hosted the Council’s first business focused outreach event, allowing us to make new business contacts and promote our mission within the business community. 

McKinstry created an employee giving program to support Council work through employee donations, and has also organized annual employee stewardship events restoring riparian habitat in the watershed. The stewardship work includes maintaining important turtle nesting mounds in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation right in their own backyard. Employees also organized pulling blackberry from Heron Pointe wetlands and protecting trees along the slough from beaver damage by installing fencing around trees. We are excited to work with McKinstry’s team to help steward the watershed and bring community together to restore the watershed.

David behind the camera

Achievement Award: David Biggs

As a volunteer video producer, David Biggs has been creating our promotional and gala videos since 2016. He has tirelessly worked to communicate the work of the Council to the Portland metro area through his video storytelling. Without David’s countless volunteer hours, the CSWC would have a much smaller mediapresence.

David creates these videos with extreme care and independence while ensuring the product is exactly what the Council needs. As the videos are polished and professional, staff are able to use them even after the Gala to showcase specific program areas, they are helpful both as funding and outreach tools. He has selflessly created products that we can use in a multitude of ways, that help tell our story and garner support for our work. His work has helped to showcase our mission-driven work,  year after year. He is a very talented storyteller, director, editor and artist. We are lucky to have him tell our story.

David lives with his family in Southeast Portland and likes to paddle sections of the Willamette River with the goal of completing the full river trail, eventually.

Linda at policymakers bike ride

Achievement Award: Linda Robinson

Linda Robinson’s is a community organizer whose immeasurable efforts have developed and protected parks and natural areas throughout Portland.  Linda helped found, and now leads, the East Portland Parks Coalition, chairs the Parks Committee of the Hazelwood Neighborhood Association, is a Friends of Gateway Green board member, served on the Portland Parks Board for seven years, was a founding member of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and served on the CSWC Board of Directors from 1995 until 2018. 

We are pleased to present Linda with an Achievement Award for her long term service to the Council. Recently Linda has led the diligent community organizing work to establish and develop Gateway Green, a 25-acre open space and recreation area in the Gateway neighborhood. The park will increase neighborhood access to recreation and open space, connect park users to the 40-mile loop trail system, and feature sustainable technologies and native plants that will increase habitat and improve water quality in the slough watershed.  Linda has patiently and persistently worked towards a community vision for Gateway Green since the Gateway Urban Renewal Plan was released in 2001 and continues to organize and advocate as phases of it are completed. 

Linda was born in Portland and has lived in east Portland since 1974.  When not doing volunteer work, Linda enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, birding and bicycling. 

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