UPDATE! Due to the rain in the forecast, NECN has cancelled the work party for Saturday, October 18th! NECN will be rescheduling it in the near future, and City Green will include the details once they're available.
The Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) is planning a gardening and bioswale community day on October 21st beginning at 10:30am. This free event is a great opportunity for you to meet new friends, learn about the bioswale and its impact on stormwater management and how stormwater affects local watersheds, all while having fun engaging with your local community.
NECN was a recipient of a grant from Environmental Services’ Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. NECN’s grant funded the creation of a bioswale in the NECN parking lot, which was installed by neighborhood volunteers and is already helping to alleviate flooding and inform plans for future stormwater projects on their property. The bioswale project at NECN is an excellent example of how CWSP projects create ongoing opportunities for ecological education and engagement in Portland.
Volunteers from NECN and Depave remove asphalt from the parking lot
CWSP helps Portlanders make improvements in their neighborhoods and communities, while also improving the health of our watersheds. As a partnership with Portland State University, CWSP relies on two student coordinators to build awareness of the program and identify potential grant applicants. The students, Esmeralda and B, have been attending events all summer to create awareness of the CWSP program and solicit grant applications, including the Alberta Street Fair, Jade District Night Market, Sunday Parkways, Hawthorne Street Fair, Belmont Street Fair, Festival of Nations, Indian Days Celebration, and more. So far they have engaged with over 3,000 people and have contacted 28 organizations with which they hope to build CWSP partnerships.
Esmeralda and B will be at the event and are looking forward to talking to you about how you can turn your idea for an environmental project into a reality with funding from the CWSP Program. They would be happy to tell you all about the CWSP grants that are available, and send you home with a packet of native wildflower seeds!
NECN Gardening and Bioswale Community Day
When: Saturday October 21st at 10:30 a.m.
Learn more about CWSP here!