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Watershed Council's Columbia Slough Workshop

This is a cross-post for Wild Mind Meet-up. To take advantage of the reserved spots, you have to sign up here:

The Council has been kind enough to reserve spaces for Wild Mind. So they can prepare their roster, our RSVPs will close Friday, March 1 at 4pm.

This is an awesome workshop. It clearly and dynamically explains the Columbia Slough's role in the watershed. Many of us remember this waterway as a polluted, trash-choked mess. This class will explain how it got that way and how it was more recently transformed into a clean, quiet, stretch of space filled with native animals and plants. An oasis for kayakers and birders, the Columbia Slough is a hidden gem running almost the entire length of the county.

Last year's agenda included:

  1. Intro to the Watershed Council
  2. Geography
  3. History and Overview
  4. Business and Economy
  5. Groundwater
  6. Drainage Districts
  7. Levee Tour
  8. Water Bugs
  9. Pump Station Tour
  10. Stormwater
  11. Backyard Habitats


From the Watershed Council's page:

Event Date: Saturday, March 9, 2013

Begins At: 8:45 AM
Ends At: 1:00 PM

Age: 18+

Free. The Watershed Council suggests a $3-$7 donation.

Description: Ever wonder about that slow-moving channel of water running through Gresham, Fairview, and NE & N Portland? Learn about the history, water, wildlife, and current issues of the Columbia Slough at Slough 101. Slough experts 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.

We have 15 spots reserved for Wild Mind. If you are on the "attending" list for this event, you do not need to register with The Watershed Council.

Please Bring: Weather-appropriate clothing and shoes (half of the workshop will be outside, half in the classroom)

Consider Bringing: Pen/paper; camera/binoculars; $ for voluntary donation to the Council; water/snacks

Carpooling: If you'd like to drive/ride, leave a note in the comments and then contact each other directly via email to arrange.

More Info:

The waitlist for this event is manual; you must actively claim open spots as they become available. If the event is full, check back frequently for vacancies. If you RSVP "yes" and your plans change, please update your status to accommodate others who want to join us. RSVPs for this event will end at 4pm on Friday, March 1. Thank you!

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