Columbia Slough Watershed
Surfrider Foundation, Portland Chapter - Rain Garden at Peninsula School - $9,950
Surfrider will partner with students and teachers to install a rain garden at Peninsula School. Units including watershed awareness, designing a rain garden and native plants would be incorporated into the school’s science curriculum.
King Neighborhood Association – Parking Lot Stormwater Retrofit - $10,000
This project will remove asphalt in the King Neighborhood Facility parking lot and construct a landscaped island and swale to capture stormwater runoff. The parking lot is adjacent to King School and King Park, and hosts a weekly summer farmer’s market.
Muslim Community Center – Community Garden and Education - $8,000
This project will expand a community garden that largely serves African refugee families, while adding native plants and removing invasives. Youth leaders will coordinate volunteers. A beekeeping component will support the pollination of the food garden and draw upon the Islamic tradition, in which bees are sacred.
Tryon Creek Watershed
Tryon Creek Watershed Council – Stream Restoration Mentors - $7,660
The Restoration Mentor Program will train mentors to lead volunteer teams that remove invasive species, replant natives, and restore streamside habitat along Tryon Creek.
Johnson Creek Watershed
St. Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Church - Parking Lot Stormwater Retrofit - $10,000
4,900 square feet of asphalt will be removed from a church parking lot that experiences recurring flooding. A 1,500 square-foot basin will collect stormwater, and other areas will be planted with natives to support stormwater infiltration and create green space for members of this immigrant-led congregation.
Metropolitan Family Service - SUN Community Garden at David Douglas HS - $5,500
This project will improve stormwater infiltration by replacing turf with a community garden at David Douglas High School. Students and families will work together to design and implement the garden, which will include a compost system, native plants, and a rain-fed irrigation system. Produce from the garden will stock the DDHS community food pantry.
Groundwork Portland - Green Team Youth Projects - $5,000
Groundwork will expand its summer Green Team to a year-round environmental leadership program focused on youth of color, who will participate in service projects, workshops with watershed professionals, and job skills training in environmental careers. Youth will take on leadership roles through selecting and implementing stormwater management projects.
Outgrowing Hunger - East Portland Garden - $7,990
Outgrowing Hunger will make improvements to the East Portland Neighborhood Gardens, including rainwater capture and storage for irrigation, covered tool storage, soil improvement, and watershed and garden education. Youth from diverse community groups will work to involve neighbors in the garden.
Wisdom of the Elders, Inc - Native Youth Stewardship & Traditional Education - $6,000
This project will train Native American youth in environmental science, traditional ecological knowledge, media technology (video production) and cultural arts. Restoration work on the east side of Kelly Butte, among other sites, will manage stormwater and remove invasive plants.
Willamette River Watershed
Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) - Irvington Covenant Rain Garden - $8,900
MESO will disconnect downspouts from its building (currently connected to the combined sewer system) and create a rain garden to receive the stormwater. The highly visible project (corner of MLK and Shaver) will include native plants and artistic elements on a blank wall to enhance awareness of stormwater management practices.
Faith Community Church / Russian Speaking Network of Oregon – Naturescaping - $8,000
Project partners will host a native plant landscaping workshop for members of the two groups. Youth will receive stipends to work on a native planting project that will replace grass sod at a highly visible location along the Max line in East Portland.
Humboldt Neighborhood Association - Albina Tree Initiative - $8,000
The Humboldt Neighborhood Association will pay students from Rosemary Anderson High School to conduct outreach with Friends of Trees staff, receive crew leader training and help plant street trees in the Albina area.