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What Do Pirates and Groundwater Have in Common?

Aquifer Adventure

Buried treasure!

Columbia South Shore Well FieldGroundwater from the Columbia South Shore Well Field is an important part of the drinking water supply for Portland and the metro region. Groundwater helps meet higher summer water demands and provides drinking water during emergencies or when Portland’s primary water source, the Bull Run Watershed, is not available. The well field also makes Portland’s water system resilient in the face of drought and climate uncertainty.

This question is asked every year at Aquifer Adventure, a family festival that celebrates both pirates and an important drinking water resource. This annual event, now in its 14th year, focuses on groundwater protection and water conservation, including tips and tools for use at home as well as fun activities for all ages.

Co-sponsored by the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Aquifer Adventure will be held on Saturday, September 16, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The free, all-ages festival will feature hands-on activities including a treasure hunt and tasty aquifer ice cream. What the heck is aquifer ice cream? You’ll have to find out for yourself!

Participants can also enjoy the wooded trail along the Columbia Slough before joining a canoeing tour of the slough. With its long reach of water trails, mountain views, and diverse wildlife, the slough is a vital asset to the community.

Aquifer Adventure is held each year at the Portland Water Bureau canoe launch at NE 166th Avenue and Airport Way in Portland. All activities at the event are free, and food items will be available for purchase.

Pirate dress, pirate lingo, and pirate swagger are highly encouraged.

Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free! No registration is required.
Location: Portland Water Bureau Canoe Launch at NE 166th and Airport Way, Portland, OR, 97230 (follow signs for parking)
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