Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

Environmental Services

working for clean rivers

Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

                        Follow the blog on Facebook at CityGreenPortland! 

A Lamprey at Luther Road

0 Comments

Check out this critter found in Johnson Creek

We recently posted about the start of a new stream and sewer pipe protection project in SE Portland.  Construction is now well underway on the Luther Road Habitat Restoration Project in Johnson Creek.

lamprey in bucket

Rescuing fish in the project area before construction is an important step in our restoration projects.  Check out the Pacific lamprey that was relocated as part of this effort.

 

Learn more about lamprey here, and follow Luna the Lamprey on Facebook!

 

Find out more about the fish salvage at Luther Road and the sewer pipe repair progress in this construction update

City Green Partner: Portland Surfrider Foundation

0 Comments

This group of surfers helps keep our streams, rivers and ocean clean.

Portland’s chapter of the national Surfrider Foundation focuses on awareness and education around litter and its effect on our rivers, streams and the ocean.

For the past two years, Surfrider Foundation has partnered with Portland’s Green Street Steward Program. Volunteers for two groups (one in SE Portland the other in the NE Portland) get together once a month and pick up litter from our streets and green street facilities. On average between 50-80 gallons of trash are removed in just a couple of hours.

Check out this video, as well as pictures from their recent event cleaning up North Portland after the 4th of July holiday.

A big thanks to Portland Surfriders for their awesome volunteer spirit. Picking up litter may seem like an unglamorous task, but this group keeps it fun!  Their work helps locally – keeping trash out of our rivers, streams, sewer system, and green streets.  It makes our neighborhoods cleaner, and trickles down to a cleaner ocean, too.

Find out more about Surfrider Foundation, including upcoming events and ways to get involved at http://portland.surfrider.org/

Learn more about the Green Street Steward Program at www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/greenstreetsteward

Portland Watershed Monitoring and Bird Surveys

1 Comment | Add a Comment

Environmental Services biologists are monitoring populations of Portland area birds, valuable indicators of ecosystem and watershed health

The Portland Area Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Program (PAWMAP) evaluates water quality, watershed conditions, habitats and wildlife. Since 2010, Environmental Services has used this citywide monitoring to evaluate and protect our watersheds and to meet state and federal requirements and city goals. In recent months, bureau biologists have been surveying Portland’s bird population as part of this effort. These surveys are called point counts. A biologist identifies and tallies all birds seen and heard over an eight minute period, creating a bird census. Birds are valuable ecosystem indicators and contribute to a holistic assessment of watershed health.

The biologists are also keeping tabs on bird nests in Environmental Services construction project areas. These nests are protected and monitored to ensure that our construction activities cause no harm and support urban wildlife.  

Here are some great photos from the field surveyors.  

Celebrate the Johnson Creek Watershed this weekend!

0 Comments | Add a Comment

Join the fun at the Lents Street Fair on Sunday, July 27th.

For almost 20 years, Environmental Services has been working to improve conditions in Johnson Creek and its floodplain in the Lents neighborhood. This Sunday July 27th, the Johnson Creek Watershed Team will be at the Lents Street Fair to help celebrate everything that makes Lents an awesome place to live, work and enjoy nature.

    

Maggie and Marie from Environmental Services will be fitting fair-goers with fish hats, which you might have seen at Sunday Parkways! Stop by and say “hi!” and learn about what’s happening with efforts to restore Johnson Creek and bring back more salmon and trout.  And while you’re there, be sure to check out the fabulous array of Lents grown food, crafts and music.

We hope to see you there!

Find out more at lentsstreetfair.com

 

Columbia Slough Regatta Celebrates 20th Anniversary!

0 Comments | Add a Comment

Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council for the 20th Annual Columbia Slough Regatta on August 3, 9:00am - 1:00pm

The Columbia Slough Regatta is a kayak and canoe event for all ages.  This on-the-water festival celebrates Portland’s hidden waterway and its habitat for bald eagles, turtles, fish, otters and much more. This year’s launch point in the upper (eastern ) section of the Slough boasts beautiful views of Mt. Hood.

At this year's Regatta, over 400 people will launch into the safe slack water of the Columbia Slough. Despite its name, the Columbia Slough Regatta is not actually a race, it’s more of a leisurely wildlife-watching, blackberry-eating group paddle. Paddlers are likely to see Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Western Painted Turtles, Beavers and more!

Participants are encouraged to bring their own human powered boats or sign up to use one available through the Columbia Slough Watershed Council.   

A donation of $8.00/person is requested. Pre-registration required. Sign up Online or call (503) 281-1132 to register. Spots fill quickly; register today!

Columbia Slough Regatta

Date and Time:  August 3rd, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Location: NE Mason & 150th Ct, Portland, OR 97230

Event Page:  http://columbiaslough.org/index.php/events/event/248/