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The mission of Water Environment Services is to provide wastewater resource recovery and watershed protection services to our community so they can live, work, and play in a healthy environment. Receive information about Water Environment Services and its programs. Watch the Water Environment Federation's Water Resource Recovery Facility 3D Virtual Tour

WES Director Greg Geist presents solution to a threat to public health and the environment  Clackamas County’s departments of Water Environment Services (WES), Public and Government Affairs, and Cable Communications recently collaborated to create the video “A Solid Plan for the Future” about the wastewater treatment solids-handling capacity challenge within Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and the Tri-City Service District. This 3-minute video will be shared with stakeholders throughout the region beginning in January 2016 to bring public awareness to this urgent issue. To learn how Water Environment Services is protecting public health and the environment at the most economical cost, and to watch “A Solid Plan for the Future,” go to clackamas.us/wes. If you would like to schedule a presentation to learn more about WES and the capacity issue, contact Matt Glazewski at mglazewski@clackamas.us


 


 

 

 

 

 

 


2016 RiverHealth Stewardship Grant Applicants are each eligible for up to $30,000  
Eligible applicants include partners who want to improve the health of Clackamas County Service District No. 1 watersheds, such as citizen groups, businesses, schools, nonprofits, student groups, faith organizations, neighborhood or business associations, and service groups within the Portland Metropolitan area and Clackamas County. Preferred projects improve watershed health, are visible to the general public, show a clear community benefit, and include one or more of the following features:

Rainwater infiltration - Install rain gardens, stormwater planters, pervious paving, and eco-roofs
Restoration - Remove invasive plants, plant native vegetation, and maintain restoration sites in riparian areas
Pavement Removal - Remove pavement and replace it with permeable surfaces to restore natural hydrology and reduce stormwater runoff

For more information and to apply, contact WES Environmental Policy Specialist Gail Shaloum at 503-742-4597. Download the Program Guide and Application, Cover Sheet for Application, and Budget Form DEADLINE: April 27, 2016

HELP! Volunteers needed to celebrate and 'green up' the Rock Creek Watershed on March 12
Register for the Rock Creek Partnership’s popular annual Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event and work party scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Galaxy Barn at Pendarvis Farm, the site of the renowned Pickathon Music Festival. This fun, family-friendly event features live music by local musicians, breakfast, lunch, and raffle prizes. Volunteers are requested to wear sturdy shoes, dress for the weather, and arrive by 8:30 a.m. to complete registration and be assigned to a crew. Tools, plants, gloves, and know-how will be provided. Learn more about the Rock Creek Partnership and preregister for the event at RockCreekPartnership.org. Watch a video about Discover Rock Creek 2015. 

The River Starts Here

Did you know that stormwater runoff is the number one source of water pollution?
The Regional Coalition for Clean Rivers and Streams, a partnership of public agencies in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area including Clackamas County Water Environment Services, is dedicated to educating the public about the impact of stormwater runoff pollution on watershed health. We can do a lot at home to reduce our impact. Visit The River Starts Here to get involved and learn how you can help protect our rivers and streams.



Report your required private storm drain inspection/cleaning online
Clean storm drains help reduce flooding and protect the health of our rivers and streams.  Use our online reporting tool to meet the annual CCSD#1/SWMACC storm drain cleaning requirement. Click here for the annual reporting form



Communities need rain gardens to protect waterways from pollution
Rain gardens are collectively reducing millions of gallons of runoff to local streams from roofs, parking lots and playgrounds. Churches, strip malls, large businesses and schools provide many opportunities for low impact development approaches (LIDA), such as rain gardens. Click to get the Rain Garden Guide. Click to get the Stormwater Management Design Tools. Find out how you can become a rain garden partner at 503-742-4597 or gshaloum@clackamas.gov. Read the National Association of Counties' County News article
 

Doggy Doo Right

Be a Doggydoo Right!
If pet waste is left on the ground, it may eventually make its way into a nearby storm drain or stream the next time it rains. Did you know...

  • Storm drains in streets and yards direct storm runoff to the nearest stream or into the ground
  • Decaying pet waste consumes oxygen, releases ammonia, and carries harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites, such as E. coli, that can threaten the health of humans and wildlife
  • Pet waste contains nutrients that promote weed and algae growth

Please do the right thing—be a Doggydoo Right! More on pet waste management. Watch videos by students about water contaminants. Watch a PSA created by our neighbors to the north



Dispose of unused prescription drugs at a Drug Take Back location - NEVER FLUSH THEM!
Flushing drugs down the toilet or putting them into the garbage have damaging effects on our environment and can contaminate our surface and groundwater supplies. Both drinking water and wastewater treatment plants are not designed to treat for these kinds of chemicals. Unused or expired prescription medications are also a public safety threat, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. Find out where you can safely dispose of your unwanted or expired medications.

 



Kellogg Good Neighbor Committee's (KGNC) good work - KGNC is working together with the City of Milwaukie and Clackamas County Water Environment Services on a landscaping project designed to beautify the environment and help control odor. Approximately 1000 new shrubs and 250 new trees were planted around Kellogg Water Resource Recovery Facility. Click here to learn more about the KGNC and the landscaping project



Blue Heron West acquisition to benefit Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and Tri-City Service District (Districts) - The Districts entered into a co-investment strategy to acquire Blue Heron West’s environmental assets and associated Clean Water Act permit to meet current and future regulations. Mutual Investment Agreement between CCSD#1 and Tri-City Service District