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Get to Know Your Watershed at Slough 101

By Lindsay Wochnick

Slough 101 Workshop

Saturday, March 12
9 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Water Pollution
Control Lab
6543 N. Burlington Ave.
Portland, OR 97203

Join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council on Saturday, Mar. 12 for Slough 101, a FREE workshop about the Columbia Slough watershed and its unique story.

Sponsored by the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services, Slough 101 covers local history, water, wildlife, and current issues in the watershed.

Explore watershed health, environmental issues, and recreation opportunities in North and Northeast Portland, Gresham, and Fairview, and participate in hands-on groundwater activities, water quality testing, and macroinvertebrate (aka: stream critters) identification.

Light refreshments will be provided. The workshop is suitable for adults and teens, age 14 and older.

Pre-registration is required. Register online or call 503-281-1132.

For more information, visit the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s Activities and Events webpage.

The Columbia Slough is a 60-mile long remnant of lakes, wetlands, and slow-moving channels in the southern floodplain of the Columbia River. Today the 40,000 acre watershed contains 24,000 homes, 4,500 businesses, and is home to 1/10 of all the jobs in Oregon. The region’s secondary water source, the Columbia South Shore Well Field, also lies deep below the eastern half of the watershed. 

As habitats are modified throughout the Portland metropolitan region and the entire Northwest, the Slough’s importance as a component of our regional system of greenspaces grows. The Slough is one of the largest urban waterways contained wholly within the metropolitan urban growth boundary. This vast ribbon of habitat and open space can be explored by foot, bicycle or canoe and kayak.

The Slough and its watershed represent an irreplaceable resource, both for the region and for north and northeast Portland, Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale, and Wood Village. Learn more here.


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