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 for details and to apply

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

More Fun On The Water!!

CSWC Reeds Graphic 3 Columbia Slough Watershed Council
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

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer Fun On the Slough

The Columbia Slough Watershed Council has the paddling fever!  Join as at any or all of these on the water events:
  • Explorando!: THIS Saturday, June 22nd 1-5PM (Free canoe rides)
  • BYOB(oat) Paddle: Wednesday, June 26th 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Great Slough Clean Up: Saturday, July 13th 9 AM-12 PM
  • Moonlight Paddle: Friday, July 19th 9-11PM
  • Regatta: Sunday, July 28th 9 AM -1 PM (Registration now open!)
Event Details Below 

Explorando el Columbia Slough! 
Saturday, June 22nd 1-5PM
Location: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park 7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland

This bilingual family-fun event is free and open to the community!  Join us for guided canoe trips, entertainment (dancers/musicians), rock wall, scavenger hunt, face painting, and over 15 other activity booths.  To learn more visit here or check out the event on Facebook.  No registration necessary.

Bring Your Own Boat Paddle
Wednesday, June 26 5:30-7:30 PM
Location: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park 7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland

Got a boat? Bring it and put in with us at the Whitaker Slough canoe/kayak launch.  We'll explore up the Whitaker Slough to the main Columbia Slough and check out a natural spring cove along the way.   Register here.

The Great Slough Clean Up
Saturday, July 13th, 2013 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 
Location: Middle Slough (NE Portland)

Slough mud is a badge of pride around here!  Join in the fun and help clean up your favorite slough. We'll be doing this by boat - can't wait to see what kind of treasures we find.  Register to help here.

Moonlight Paddle
Friday, July 19th 9-11PM
Location: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park 7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland

It's glow stick time!  We head out at dusk and paddle by moonlight.  Join us for this magical paddle.  We provide the boats or you bring your own. Spots limited; register here. 

Regatta! (All ages fun paddle)
Sunday, July 28th 9 AM -1 PM

Registration is OPEN but don't wait, spots are filling up fast.  Join us for our biggest paddle of the year!  Regatta returns for its eighteenth annual festival in honor of Portland’s hidden waterway.  We provide the boats or you bring your own. Spots limited; register here.

We're hiring!  Stewardship Director and Community Connections Coordinator openings. More info here. 

Council Meeting this Monday June 24th 5 PM- Open to all, come see what our work is all about.Agenda

Paddle Volunteers Needed!
So you like to paddle?  So do we! If you'd like to join the paddle team, and help out at any of the events listed above, reply to this email or call (503) 281-1132.
Partner Events- Check out these great events by local partners:                   
  • Summer Camp at Whitaker Ponds! (Portland Parks & Rec)
    Antennae Antics (Ages 5 - 6) 401277
     Wet & Wild (Ages 7 -  8) 401278
     Eco Zoom (Ages 9 - 12) 401279

We have a new website!  Check it out for more upcoming events and programs: or give us a call! (503) 281-1132

Saturday, May 04, 2013


Sunday, May 19, 1-2 p.m.

Join Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden as we kick off the second of three early season rose classes at Peninsula ParkCommunity Center. 

This class will help you understand the:
• Most common rose diseases and pests
• Options for treating ailing roses
• Two-step process for pruning roses in winter

While classes are free, please register so we can ensure we
provide enough space and materials for all attendees. Sign up at the Community Center 

or email Pat Frobes:

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Slough Activities


Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Our mission: "to foster action to protect, enhance, restore and revitalize the Slough and its watershed."







Tadpole Tales 3

Photo Credit Rhett Wilkins

Hello from the Columbia Slough Watershed Council!

Upcoming Events:
  • Better Living Show: This weekend! Expo Center
  • Tadpole Tales: Every Wednesday, March-May 10-11:00AM
  • Rain Garden Workshop: Saturday, March 23rd 9 AM- 1PM
  • Bird Walk with Audubon: Friday, April 5th 8-11:00AM
  • Clean-up at Johnson Lake: Saturday, April 6th 10AM - 1PM
  • Brunch with the Birds: Friday, April 19th 10AM-1PM
  • Earth Day Clean-up at Force Lake: Saturday, April 20th 9 AM
  • BYOB-Bring your own BOAT Paddle: Wednesday, April 25 5:30-7:30PM
  • SAVE THE DATE- Explorando: Date changed to June 22nd 1-5PM
*Volunteer Opportunity*
Represent the Council at the Better Living Show!
When: This Saturday March 23rd, from 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: Expo Center, 2060 North Marine Drive, Portland 97217

We are looking for a volunteer to come to the Expo Center this weekend to help represent the Council. The Better Living Show is where everything green, sustainable and efficient comes together!
If you have an interest in talking with people about the work that the Columbia Slough Watershed Council does, this would be a fun afternoon for you. You will get instructions before you volunteer so you'll be prepared for any questions!

Interested? Contact Nathan Barrett at: or 503 281-1132

Can't volunteer at the show but interested?  Come visit us at the show- it's free!
Show hours: 
Friday, March 22 Noon - 8 pm
Saturday, March 23 11 am - 8 pm
Sunday, March 24 11 am - 5 pm
More info here:

*Volunteer Opportunity*
Clean-up at Johnson Lake
Saturday, April 6th , 2013 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM 
Location: NE Colfax Street and NE 92nd Street

Join our friends at Portland Parks & Recreation and the Sumner Association of Neighbors for a morning of spiffing up Johnson Lake!
Help remove invasive plants, clear trails, and remove litter from this "hidden gem" of a natural area. Sumner neighborhood will pay for lunch from Subway for the first 10 volunteers who sign up!

Ready to help? Register here.

Workshop is full but we expect a few cancellations so do register for the wait-list- we will most likely have a couple spots.
Rain Gardens 101
Saturday, March 23rd: 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Location: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland

Learn how to build your own rain garden! We'll explore the critical role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, and how they add beautiful landscaping to your yard at the same time. Join this interactive workshop!

Wait-list registration required; sign up here.

*Birding Event*
Brunch with the Birds
Friday, April 19th: 10AM-1PM
Location: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218

Look for songbirds and spring migrants with metro naturalist James Davis before settling down to a delicious lunch provided by the Council. $5 suggested donation, suitable for adults and teens aged 12+. Bring your own binoculars if you have them. Advanced registration required.

Registration required: Sign up here.

*Volunteer Opportunity*
Earth Day Clean-up at Force Lake
Saturday, April 20th , 2013 9 AM- 12 PM
Location: Force Lake
11415 N Force Ave.
Portland, OR

Celebrate Earth Day by joining Friends of Force Lake, SOLVE and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council on a clean up of Force Lake. We'll be removing invasive plants and picking up trash from in and around the lake. Activities include: Invasive Plant Removal, Litter Cleanup, Native Planting, Maintenance & Monitoring.

Interested? Register here.

*Paddle Event*
Bring Your Own Boat Paddle
Wednesday, April 24th: 10AM-1PM
Location: Smith & Bybee Wetlands
5300 N Marine Dr
Portland, OR 97203

Load up your canoe or kayak for a springtime paddle! CSCW staff/volunteers will lead this group trip at Smith & Bybee Wetlands in search of bald eagles, otters, turtles, and osprey. $5 suggested donation, suitable for adults and teens 12, pre-registration requested.

You must bring your own canoe or kayak and lifejacket to participate in this paddle trip. NO equipment is available to borrow from the Council.

Interested? Register here.

Tadpole Tales - March 27th!
Wednesdays (March- May), 10-11:00 AM
March: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, 7040 NE 47th Ave, Portland
April: Columbia Children’s Arboretum, 300 NE Meadow Ln., Portland
May: Columbia Slough Water Quality Facility, 19595 NE Sandy, Portland Routes are accessible to strollers.

Children aged 3-5 with their parents are invited to a short story and guided nature walk. Watch birds fly overhead, search for hidden animal homes, and learn about local trees and flowers. Families are welcome to bring a snack.

Event runs rain or shine.
$3 admission/donation per child, no charge for adults.
Please RSVP to attend here.
*Birding Event*
Bird Walk
Friday, April 5: 8-11 AM
Location: Whitaker Ponds Nature Park
7040 NE 47th Ave
Portland, OR 97218

Outreach Team Volunteers Needed!
Do you like to meet new people? Do you care about healthy communities? Then this might be the perfect opportunity for you! The Columbia Slough Watershed Council is seeking passionate volunteers to help represent the organization at community events as a part of our Outreach Team. Volunteers will receive training on expectations of the role and how to represent the council.  Time commitment is two events over the spring/summer season.  Outreach Team volunteers and are contacted as opportunities arise and can choose opportunities based on availability.

Our first training is April 17th 5:30-7:00.  Dinner provided!
Interested?  RSVP here to attend the training.

For more events and updates, visit our website: or give us a call!
(503) 281-1132
 Education Outreach Stewardship  |  503.281.1132

Sunday, February 10, 2013

February Meeting

Bridgeton Neighborhood Association

7:00 PM - Monday, February 11, 2013

New Location: Portland Yacht Club

1241 NE Marine Drive

The BNA is back for 2013 with a new and improved agenda for our February meeting.

Updated Agenda for February 11 Meeting:
  • City of Portland Comprehensive Plan | Barry Manning City of Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability
  • Columbia River Crossing Update | Walter Valenta
  • New Chiu Development | Karen Kane
  • FEMA Update and the Latest Levee Information
The Portland Yacht Club is graciously allowing the BNA to use the club for our monthly meetings.