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Get Registered for 5/30 Rain Garden Workshop

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Seats are still available for FREE workshop in the Hollywood neighborhood, sponsored by East Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District

Every year, the staff at East Multnomah County Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD) provide FREE naturescaping and rain garden classes across Portland. From the EMSWCD website:

Perfect for all levels of do-it-yourselfers, our FREE workshops highlight landscaping with native plants, water conservation, creative stormwater solutions and chemical-free gardening techniques that are good for people, water and wildlife. Most include a field trip to a neighborhood project or garden to see these principals in action.

This Spring Environmental Services is hosting one more of these workshops—Rain Gardens 101—in areas where private property stormwater facilities would be most helpful to current sewer rehabilitation projects. The Rain Gardens 101 class will take place on Saturday, May 30th. If you're interested, see the details below and register now!

Rain Gardens 101

Date: Saturday, May 30th  9:00am-1:00pm

Location: Hollywood Senior Center, 1820 NE 40th Ave, Portland, 97212

Learn how to build your own rain garden! We’ll explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time.

You will learn how to assess your site to determine the best location and size, calculate impervious surfaces, determine soil suitability, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. You will also receive a comprehensive manual that guides you through all the steps in constructing your rain garden. Where possible, workshop includes a short tour of a nearby rain garden.

RSVP for this event!

Open House: Tryon-Stephens Neighborhood Street Plan


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: 

For more information, contact:

Denver Igarta, Portland Bureau of Transportation


Naomi Tsurumi, Bureau of Environmental Services


Put a Fish on It!


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


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

Measuring and reporting on our rivers and streams


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?


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.