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Helping Citizens Become Good Stewards of Groundwater

Briggy Thomas walks participants through some basic water chemistry analysis. 
Briggy Thomas, Water Bureau Resource Protection and Planning Group, 
walks participants through some basic water chemistry analysis.

On the last Saturday in January, an engaged group of 38 community members joined the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council to learn about groundwater - a critical natural resource that directly impacts the quality of Portlanders’ lives.

Doug Wise helps a participant interpret their water chemistry testing results. 
Doug Wise, Water Bureau Resource Protection and Planning Group,
helps a participant interpret their water chemistry testing results.

The annual, hands-on Groundwater 101 workshop covered groundwater basics, local geology and hydrology, the role of groundwater in our drinking water system, and what we can all do to protect this important resource. Participants also enjoyed a guided tour of the Bureau’s Groundwater Facility on Airport Way.

Lisa Vieno guides participants through a blind taste test of drinking water from different sources. 
Lisa Vieno, Water Bureau Resource Protection and Planning Group, guides participants
through a blind taste test of drinking water from different sources
.

A participant analyzes a drinking water sample for Calcium and Magnesium. 
A participant analyzes a drinking water sample for Calcium and Magnesium.

Feedback after the workshop was uniformly positive. Everyone left with a greater appreciation for our local groundwater and why its protection is so important.

“Thank you so much! I will share w/ my co-workers, etc.”

“Great presenters!”

“Fantastic workshop.”

“Informative and detailed.”

“Well worth the time.”

“Lots of great info. Now I want to know more.”

Are you interested in learning more about groundwater? Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/groundwater.

Doug Wise
Groundwater Protection

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