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Gregory Geist has been appointed director of Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES). Geist was named to the position Monday following a nationwide recruitment. He had been serving as acting director since December.
“Greg brings extensive experience and leadership to this important position. He was clearly at the top of a strong and competitive field of candidates. I have every confidence he will do an incredible job leading WES,” said County Administrator Donald Krupp.
Geist started at WES as Water Quality Manager in 2013. His previous experience includes 15 years at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and before then at the City of Salem.
He holds a master’s degree in environmental science and a bachelor’s degree in physical sciences from Washington State University.
Watershed events are huge success! - Hundreds of volunteers recently helped to remove invasive species, plant native trees and shrubs, and add mulch to recent plantings to support watershed health. Please learn about the Rock Creek Partnership’s and take a look at a video about the 4th Annual Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event. The videos "Down the River Cleanup 2014" and "Discover Rock Creek" have been officially selected for screening at the 2015 RRNW Stories of Our Watersheds Film Event!
Kellogg Good Neighbor Committee (KGNC) works together - 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. In advance of the spring bird nesting season,1000 new shrubs and 250 new trees are being planted around Kellogg Creek Water Pollution Control Plant. Click here to learn more about the KGNC and the landscaping project
Learning the importance of protecting water quality - Students in science teacher Phil Gwin’s classroom at Clackamas High School were asked to use information from films, readings, lectures, and field experiences to produce an aesthetically pleasing poster that showed multiple ecological relationships between organisms in an intact Northwest temperate rain forest. Click here to learn about more student projects. Watch the video Salmon Toss.
The Rock Creek Confluence natural area's recent habitat construction and tree-planting provides legacy to water quality and community - Rock Creek is home to federally-listed threatened and endangered Chinook and Coho salmon, steelhead, as well as resident cutthroat trout. At the Discover Rock Creek event, volunteers learned about salmon habitat, water quality, and experienced wildlife firsthand! Watch the video CLICK HERE
Do not flush prescrition drugs! - 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.
Students benefit from WES' partnership with North Clackamas School District notes Community Link Annual Report - "Two parking lot drainage swales at Sabin-Schellenberg North were retrofitted with the help of the Forestry Science students. According to Karen Phillips, principal at Sabin-Schellenberg Professional Technical Center, 'The weather cooperated and rained all day on the last day of the project and we could see first-hand how well the revised swales worked! We are very proud of what the students accomplished.'" Learn about the Watershed Health Education Program
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
Following budget approval by the Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners, Water Environment Services (WES) has implemented a sanitary sewer rate increase effective July 1, 2014. Monthly rates for all district customers have increased from $40 to $42. The surface water management rate remains the same at $6.35 per month.
Your monthly rate supports the district’s ability to reduce pollution in our rivers and streams, maintain pipes, pump stations, and treatment plants, and clean over three billion gallons of wastewater every year.