David McFarland, a Portland documentary filmmaker, recently produced this video about Whitaker Ponds. David's son visited the ponds and shared his excitement and wonder with his father. Maybe this preview of the Whitaker Ponds park in NE Portland's Columbia Slough Watershed will inspire you to get out and experience some nature in the city this sunny weekend! (Scroll down for a preview of the native camas you may see there.)
Environmental Services and Metro co-own the Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, which hosts thousands of students each year in Clean Rivers Education classes and events like Explorando, the multilingual family environmental festival (coming up this June 22).
Together with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Portland Parks and Recreation and other partners and students, more than 7,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted at Whitaker Ponds. There is also a constructed wetland at the park to treat street runoff from Columbia Boulevard, helping keep pollutants out of the ponds and nearby slough. The city used an EPA grant to construct a shelter with an ecoroof and a biology site.
Speaking of the shelter, staff were out at Whitaker Ponds earlier this week and took these photos of the native camas in full bloom on the ecoroof: