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Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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Third International Jade Night Market Event Takes Place August 20th and 27th

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Stop by the Environmental Services booth to learn about projects and programs working for clean rivers

Follow the dragon parade to BES’s booth at the Jade International Night Market, a celebration of the many vibrant cultures of the Jade District and East Portland. There will be delicious food, crafts and cultural performances, and proceeds will help the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon develop a long-hoped-for community center.

The Environmental Services booth will have information about:

Jade International Night Market

Portland Community College’s Southeast Campus at 2305 SE 82nd Avenue.

Saturday, August 20th, and next Saturday, August 27th, 5:00-10:00 p.m.

Learn about our Local Watersheds at Multnomah Days

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The annual event takes place in Multnomah Village on Saturday, August 20th from 9am-4pm

Join us to help celebrate Multnomah Days this Saturday in Multnomah Village. An entertaining parade, live music and local artists will be complemented by booths showcasing organizations working to improve our community. Stop by the Environmental Services booth to learn about our local watersheds and how you can get involved. We’ll also have information about upcoming projects in the area.

Multnomah Days

Multnomah Village: SW 35th and Capitol Highway

Saturday, August 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

Be Cool. Lend a Hand. Clean Up Johnson Creek.

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Join Johnson Creek Watershed Council, the Overland Park Coalition, and the Oregon Bhutanese Community Organization for one of the most challenging and rewarding community clean up events of the year.

Volunteers remove trash at the 2015 Johnson Creek Clean-up 

On Saturday, August 27th, over 100 volunteers will clean up designated stretches of Johnson Creek, removing accumulated trash with the guidance of a trained Team Captain. At last year’s cleanup, over 160 people removed 3.5 tons of trash from Johnson Creek in just one day.

Event details: Arrive at Mill Park in Milwaukie (SE Overland Rd & Linwood Ave) by 8:30 a.m. to be assigned to a team and receive safety training. At 9 a.m., teams will depart for designated stretches. At noon, volunteers return to the park for a free barbecue, raffle, and Award Ceremony from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Be prepared to get wet and muddy and to have lots of fun. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a T-shirt.  

Happy volunteers after a success clean-up event 

Safety information: All sites will be prescreened by project staff. Closed-toed shoes are required. Participants wanting to work in the creek must be comfortable entering potentially deep pools of water and wading on slippery rocks while carrying heavy trash. Minors must be accompanied by an adult and will be assigned to easier stretches. Please bring a water bottle and appropriate protection from the elements. Volunteers under age 8, those without closed-toed shoes, or those who prefer to stay out of the water will pick up trash from parks along the creek.

Questions? Contact project staff at or call 503-652-7477 ext. 101.

Event sponsors: City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, Clackamas Water Environment Services, Crawly LLP, and Jack Milford Ford, attorney at law; and event partners: the Overland Park Coalition, the Oregon Bhutanese Community Organization, Green Lents, Portland Parks & Recreation, North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District, and SOLVE.

Help spread the word! Click here for a printable event flyer

Southwest Stephenson Street Roadside Swales

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The recent stormwater improvements in Southwest Portland improve water quality and enhance pedestrian safety

Completed this spring, the SW Stephenson project has transformed 2,760 feet of roadside ditches into swales between SW 35th and SW Boones Ferry Road.  This project was designed to improve water quality in Oak, Arnold, and Tryon Creeks by directing stormwater runoff into roadside swales where pollutants can be filtered prior to entering the creeks.  In addition to improving water quality, the project has improved pedestrian safety along SW Stephenson by adding four-foot wide shoulders.

At the intersection of SW Stephenson and SW 27th Ave, Environmental Services worked with Portland Bureau of Transportation to replace a storm drain with a green street planter.  The planter not only filters and slows runoff, but it also improves pedestrian safety at the busy intersection next to Stephenson Elementary School.  Pedestrians are also able to use the widened paved shoulders instead of the middle of the road for jogging and dog-walking.

SW Stephenson and SW 27th Ave: Before (above) and after (below)

The ditches on SW Stephenson quickly carry stormwater runoff to Tryon Creek and its tributaries causing erosion and transporting pollutants. The swales were designed to slow the runoff to reduce erosion. The native grasses and plants not only stabilize the soil, but they also help to filter pollutants from the road.  The result is cleaner rivers and streams, and a healthier watershed.

Ditches along SW Stephenson: Before (above) and after (below)



The 22nd Annual Columbia Slough Regatta is this Sunday, August 7th

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This free, family-friendly event is a great way to explore the nature of the Columbia Slough.

Bring your kayak, canoe or other boat and enjoy urban nature from this beautiful, slow moving waterway – the Columbia Slough!  Great for first time paddlers and experienced boaters too.

Take a tour of the St John’s prairie while enjoying beautiful views of Smith and Bybee wetlands.  Keep an eye out for Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Western Painted Turtle, beavers and more.

Columbia Slough Regatta: 22nd Annual Family Friendly Paddling Festival

Sunday, August 7, 2-16 9 am – 1 pm

St John’s Launch 9363 N Columbia Boulevard

Event is free but please register at