Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Clean Up Time Is Coming !!

Bridgeton Neighborhood
Spring Clean Up
 Saturday, May 10
9am to 3pm

Pitch in and help clean up to keep our beautiful neighborhood beautiful. Work parties will clean the triangle & the Bridgeton Slough at Gantenbein Ave and Marine Drive and along Bridgeton Road and Marine Drive.

There will be three drop boxes.
One at either end of the neighborhood and one for the cleanup of the corner of Bridgeton and Gantenbein.

This year we are strongly encouraging recycling materials.
We will have a special location for recyclable metals, electronics & appliances.

Three secure shred boxes will be at Channel’s Edge for your convenience.
( A $ donation for the document shredder is strongly encouraged to help defray costs).

Email Matt Whitney or give him a call: 503.285.3296 

Sponsored by
Bridgeton Neighborhood Association &North Portland Neighborhood Services


The BNA Wants YOU! Get Involved. Join the BNA Board and Keep Bridgeton a Thriving & Unique Neighborhood
The Bridgeton Neighborhood Association is vital to addressing the issues affecting the livability and quality of life in our unique neighborhood. The BNA is a community organization working on the  issues and needs of our neighborhood: the environment, land use, safety and security. We're looking new board members who want to make a difference and build Bridgeton's capacity to take action to move forward our priorities.

Being a board member doesn't have to be a huge time commitment. Contribute your energies on projects that match your skills and interests and help make the decisions that make Portland's smallest neighborhood the city's best kept secret.

If you want to add your voice, contact one of our Co-Chairs: Dustin Pruitt or Leslie Sawyer

Dustin Pruitt
Co-Chair, Bridgeton Neighborhood Association

Leslie Sawyer
Co-Chair, Bridgeton Neighborhood Association

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Education Plus Fun In Our Watershed

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Columbia Slough Watershed Council

March 12, 2014

Slough 101: March 15th  - Get to know your watershed!

We have just a few spots left! Come learn from over eight local experts and see the watershed as it was and is Slough 101today. This FREE workshop covers the history, water, wildlife, and current issues of the Columbia Slough Watershed. Presenters will lead hands-on activities including a tour of a pump station and macroinvertebrate discovery. Pre-registration is required for this free workshop, and light refreshments will be provided. Suitable for adults and teens 14 & up.

Time: 9am - 12: 45pm

Multnomah County Drainage District
1880 NE Elrod Dr
Portland, OR 97211

Sponsored by City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau.

FREE; Registration Required


Tadpole Tales (Ages 3-5)

Tadpole Tales CroppedWednesdays March- May 10-11am.

Don't miss this nature discovery program for little explorers ages 3-5. Watch birds fly overhead, search for hidden animal homes, and learn about local trees and flowers. Themes change each week and locations vary each month.  Suggested donation/child is $3; adults free.

March: Whitaker Ponds 7040 NE 47th Avenue, Portland, OR 97218
April: Columbia Children’s Arboretum: 10040 NE 6th Dr. Portland, OR
May: Columbia Slough Water Quality Facility: 19619 NE Sandy Blvd

Learn more and sign up here.

Slough Tour: Water Flow

MCDD 3Tuesday, March 18th 4-5 PM.
Learn about the history of water control in the Portland area and get an up-close look at the people, machines, and structures that keep parts of NE Portland and Gresham from flooding. Co-hosted by the Columbia Slough Watershed Council and the Multnomah County Drainage Districts, this tour led by a District Engineer highlights the water flow of the Columbia Slough waterway and the levees and pumps that maintain water levels.

Free, pre-registration requested, suitable for ages 10 and up. Please dress for the weather.

Register here

It's Planting Time - We Need YOU!

Tools only Stewardship Saturday Force LakeThe ground is soft and the time is right! The Council is busy taking advantage of planting season and we need your help.  Volunteers are needed at a number of upcoming restoration events.  If you have a group of people you'd like to organize - please contact Hanna Davis at: hanna.davis@columbiaslough.org

We'll be at three locations in March and April.  Come play in the mud and help us plant natives in the watershed!

Planting at Peninsula Crossing Trail in N. Portland Mar. 22, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Earth Day Stewardship at Force Lake April 26, 9:00am - 1:00pm
Earth Day Stewardship at Wilkes Park April 26, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Upcoming Events Calendar:


    Slough 101 March 15th, 9:00 AM-12:45 PM
    Slough Tour: Waterflow March 18th, 4:00-5:00 PM
    Stewardship Saturday (Planting) March 22, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM


    Site Planning Workshop April 6th, 1:00-5:00 PM
    Brunch With the Birds April 11th, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
    Earth Day Stewardship at Force Lake April 26, 9:00am - 1:00pm
    Earth Day Stewardship at Wilkes Park April 26, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Bring Your Own Boat Paddle April 30th, 5:30-7:30 PM


    Rain Gardens Workshop May 4th, 1:00-5:00 PM
    Slough Tour: Bird Walk May 6th, 8:00-10:00 AM
    Cycle the Well Field May 31st, 8:45 AM-1:30 PM (SAVE THE DATE)


    Explorando el Columbia Slough June 14th, 1:00-5:00 PM
    Bring Your Own Boat Paddle June 24th, 5:30-7:30 PM

Get Involved!

Paddle Team

It's getting warmer and we'll be out on the water with many paddling events soon!  Join the team and help guide our kayak and canoe trips. 

Paddle Team Training: Wed, April 23rd 3-6 PM (Not free but interested?  Contact us and we'll arrange another training option.)

Reply to this email and let us know.

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7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218

Friday, October 11, 2013

Herbicide Application

Herbicide was to be sprayed in September, then it changed to this week, and now it is changed to next week.

At this point, all I can suggest is to watch for the little flags the Drainage District is "supposed" to put out 48 hours ahead of the spraying - OR - better suggestion is to keep an eye and ear on the levee and you can hear or see them coming near you.

I, for one, do not trust that this stuff is harmless to animals and will keep my cats in while it is being sprayed and for 2 days following.

And I will not walk my puppy in any areas that have been sprayed.

I believe in preventive maneuvers when it comes to my pets.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Be A Master Recylcer!

Applications for the 2013 Multnomah County course are open now through August 15, 2013 at Noon

Course structure
The popular eight-week course includes two field trips and instruction in topics such as thoughtful consumption, recycling processes, alternatives to hazardous household products, composting and deconstruction and green building. The course is a blend of presentations by professionals in the field, peer group discussion and project development.

Participant responsibilities
Participants agree to attend all classes and field trips. After completing the course, graduates put their skills to work to help others learn the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. It's what makes the Master Recycler Program so special: participants agree to volunteer 30 hours of public outreach. Master Recyclers staff information booths at community events, provide presentations, and work on personal projects. They also work to inspire their own neighbors and coworkers.

Attendance at all classes and tours and an agreement to complete the 30 volunteer hours is required to be considered for the Master Recycler Certification. 
Course details:
WHAT: Multnomah County 8-week winter course and 30 hour volunteer program.
WHEN: Eight consecutive Wednesdays 6:30 pm -9:30 pm starting September 11 and two Saturdays 8 am - 2 pm September 14 and October 12. A commitment to attend all ten dates is required for the application to be accepted.
WHERE: 1900 SW 4th Ave. Portland , OR Room 2500 A MAP BUS, MAX and Street Car accessible. Outside bike parking free. Street parking is free after 7 p.m.
COST: $50 fee to cover course materials. Limited scholarships are available.
APPLICATION: Deadline for Applications is August 15, 2013 at Noon. This is a popular course. To ensure a positive learning experience and adequate support for volunteers, class size is limited to 30 people. Applications will all be received up to the deadline and then 30 people will be select by a weighted lottery.

Please visit www.masterrecycler.org for details and to apply

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

More Fun On The Water!!

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July 2013
Register now for the 2013 Columbia Slough Regatta on July 28, 2013, 9am-1pm!

Space Limited!

DSC_2372 3The whole family is invited to paddle down the slough with us and keep an eye out for Great Blue Heron, Osprey, Western Painted Turtle, Beavers and more! Don't worry... you won't be racing, but you can sure show off your paddling power in a canoe or kayak. Boats are available to borrow or bring your own. For more information and to register for the event, visit ourwebsite! 

Rather stay on the shore? 
Volunteers needed for this event; learn more here.

The Council is Famous!  

Settle in on Saturday and check out the feature on the Columbia Slough Watershed Council on OBP program Sustainable Today.  Tune in Saturday, July 13 at 8pm on Comcast channel 11!

Other Upcoming Paddling Opportunities


The Great Slough Clean-Up

Saturday, July 13 (9am-12pm)

See what you can find as we grab "trash treasures" from the Slough and help the waterway thrive!
Register here. 

Moonlight Paddle (Open for boat owners; no more boats for rent available)

Friday, July 19 (9-11pm)

See the Slough under starlight! Spots are still open for those bringing their own boats. Register here.

For more information:

Visit our Website
or call us at 503.244.0111

Columbia Slough Watershed Council • 7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland, OR • 503. 281. 1132