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Water Environment Services provides water 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.

The River Starts Here

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.

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 the sprinklers come on or when 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 created by students about water contaminants.

Thank you for helping to protect public health and the environment.

Greg Geist Director

Gregory Geist has been appointed director of Clackamas County Water Environment Services (WES). Geist was named to the position Monday following a Greg Geistnationwide 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.

Does your community need a rain garden? - Rain gardens are improving water quality in CCSD #1 at seven new sites as a result of partnerships with community organizations. The 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 (LID) approaches, such as rain gardens. Please contact Gail Shaloum, WES Environmental Policy Specialist, to learn how to become a rain garden partner at 503-742-4597 or

Properly dispose of prescription drugs at drop off locations - 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.

Protectors of our watersheds "Rock"!  - Hundreds of volunteers helped to remove invasive species, plant native trees and shrubs, and add mulch to recent plantings to support watershed health this spring. 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'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 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.


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