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Put a Fish on It!

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East Portland Sunday Parkways is this Sunday, May 10

family with fish hats at Sunday ParkwaysEast Portland Sunday Parkways is almost here and we’re excited to see you along the route.

On Sunday, May 10th (Mother’s Day), the Foster Floodplain Natural Area will be the stop for nature-based games, crafts and the always-popular fish hats. 

Stop by at SE 106th & Foster Road to see the Audubon Birds of Prey or use a spotting scope to view birds along Johnson Creek.

For a break, enjoy bluegrass by Train River and treat yourself with Scoop Handmade Ice Cream.

We hope to see you there!

This stop is sponsored by the Bureau of Environmental Services.

Other participants:  

Audubon Society of Portland

Depave

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

Environmental Services Tree Program

Foster Green EcoDistrict

Green Lents Community Tool Library

Green Street Steward Program

Johnson Creek Watershed Council

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Open House: Tryon-Stephens Neighborhood Street Plan

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Join us on Thursday, May 7

Please join us for the second Open House for the Tryon-Stephens Headwaters Neighborhood Street Plan.  This effort covers the area of southwest Portland shown on this map.

unimproved street

This is the final open house before the plan wraps up in June 2015. Through this plan, we are looking to answer the question: How should street and stormwater management facilities fit the unique character of your neighborhood?

The details:

Tryon-Stephens Headwaters Neighborhood Street Plan OPEN HOUSE #2

Stephens Creek Crossing Community Center (Community Room) 6715 SW 26th Avenue, 97219

Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 pm

                   5:30pm      Doors Open

                   6:00pm      Overview Presentation

                   6:30 –7:30pm Workshop

Come to the Open House and tell us what should be improved or preserved on different types of streets.  Learn about proposed street types and tools for matching street and stormwater management concepts.

Learn more about this project here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/65574 

For more information, contact:

Denver Igarta, Portland Bureau of Transportation

503-823-1088

Naomi Tsurumi, Bureau of Environmental Services

503-823-4886

Measuring and reporting on our rivers and streams

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Portland's new Watershed Report Cards are available online

Sure, the Willamette River is Portland’s front yard, centerpiece and working harbor.  But did you know, Portland has about 300 total miles of rivers and streams in the city?

Have you ever wondered about water quality in the river, conditions along Johnson Creek, or the health of fish populations in Tryon Creek?

coho salmonCheck out the new Watershed Report Cards!

This is a new tool we have to report on the current conditions of our streams, the Willamette River, and our watersheds. 

Watershed report cards are used by many communities, like the Chesapeake Bay region, Puget Sound, and Toronto, Canada, to help people understand what’s going on in the environment.

Environmental Services is working for clean rivers and healthy watersheds.  Many other city bureaus, community partners, and regional organizations are part of the effort, too.  Even your individual actions, like planting a tree or reducing pesticides in your yard, make a difference.

The report cards will help us track changes in local water quality, habitat and salmon populations over time.  They will also help show where everyone’s efforts can make a difference.

Explore your watershed graphicLearn more about the Watershed Report Cards here.

Check out Urban Watersheds 101 for information about the challenges facing our watersheds.

Explore Portland's Watersheds with our new interactive map. 

What is a watershed, and where can I find one?

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watershed health graphicTomorrow is the launch of the new Portland Watershed Report Cards. 

What’s a watershed, you say?

Check out this great video, What is a Watershed

  

Although the video is not from Portland, everyone in Portland does live in a watershed. Rain that falls in Portland flows to local streams, like Johnson Creek, Fanno Creek, or the Columbia Slough. 

Stay tuned tomorrow for the new Report Cards about the conditions in our watersheds, and new ways to explore Environmental Services’ projects and programs for clean rivers and healthy watersheds.

Spokane Street Neighbors Continue to Look After Crystal Springs

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The group installed hundreds of native plants along the stream banks as part of the International Day of Action for Rivers.

Thanks to support from the Environmental Services Native Plant Mini Grant, the Spokane Street Neighbors and local volunteers planted 350 plants and shrubs, and 12 trees along Crystal Springs, a Johnson Creek tributary. The planting included a variety of native wildflowers: bleeding heart, trillium, and foam-flower. Native shrubs planted included sword ferns, salal, spirea, Indian plum, red-flowering currant, salmonberry, mock-orange, red-osier dogwood and Nootka rose. Trees planted were red elderberry, vine maple, red cedar, Douglas fir, and one tall shore pine on the east side of the creek. 

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council Support donated bare-root seedlings for planting that were left over from the Johnson Creek Watershed Wide Event. A neighbor donated some Nootka rose and vine maple from his yard, as well as fresh red-osier dogwood branch cuttings that were planted at the toe of the bank.

In 1996, neighbors and Environmental Services organized a restoration project along Crystal Springs to remove deteriorating concrete walls and install native plants, shrubs and trees. To continue this work, the Spokane Street neighbors partnered with the Boy Scouts, the Environmental Services Watershed Revegetation Team, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Sellwood Middle School, Save Our Wild Salmon, and many volunteers to weed the site, pick up litter, replant and install beaver protection fencing. 

The Spokane Street Neighbors planting event was also registered as part of the International Day of Action for Rivers and was recently highlighted in the Sellwood Bee.