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Pirate-Themed “Festival” Teaches Groundwater Protection to Hundreds

By Lindsay Wochnick

Bonny Cushman, Resource Protection and Planning, in full pirate regalia.  Korya Ames, Customer Services, provides a friendly welcome at the registration table.  Briggy Thomas, Resource Protection and Planning, builds edible aquifers. 

Aquifer Adventure, the annual groundwater festival, took place under sunny skies on September 14th at the Columbia South Shore Well Field, Portland’s supplement water supply. 

More than 650 pirates of all ages participated in this colorful piratical event. Co-hosted by the Portland Water Bureau and Columbia Slough Watershed Council, the event was staffed by 50 volunteers who dressed in their swashbuckling best. The Portland Water Bureau’s own Briggy Thomas, Rich Barrows, Jennifer Deviren and Bonny Cushman stood out amongst their crew of plunderers. 

The hub of the event: Pirate's Cove in full swing.

Loyal pirates can help protect groundwater by replacing hazardous chemical products with safer alternatives, always using household, yard and automotive chemicals safely and never pouring anything down a storm drain.

Hooligan's Hideaway, where the kids "pirated up" with face painting, temporary tattoos and customized pirate hats.

Adults seeking more details and facts about the Columbia Southshore Well Field can attend Groundwater 101, which will be held in January 2014. For more information and for other opportunities to explore the slough and learn about local nature, visit the Columbia Slough Watershed Council's activities and events webpage

Doug Wise
Groundwater Protection

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