Research shows that many unwanted or expired household and prescription medications are improperly disposed of. We now know that flushing drugs down the toilet or putting them into the garbage both have damaging effects on our environment and can contaminate our surface and groundwater supplies.
Both drinking water and wastewater treatment plants are not specifically designed to treat for these kinds of chemicals. In addition, unused or expired prescription medications are also a public safety threat, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
Students today stewards tomorrow - Two hundred students from Kraxberger Middle School in Gladstone are visiting the Tri-City Wastewater Treatment plant over the next three weeks. Prior to their tour, students watch Clackamas County Government Channel’s award-winning pre-tour video Down the Drain, then they learn how dirty water is cleaned and re-enters the water cycle via the Willamette River. Each tour concludes with Water Environment Services staff explaining to students the value of clean water to their health and what they can do to protect it.
Watershed Wide Event attracts hundreds of volunteers -Volunteers gathered at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley on March 15th to help restore three locations along Rock Creek, an important tributary of the Clackamas River. Volunteers removed invasive species, planted trees and shrubs, and added mulch to recent plantings to support plant health during the growth season. The Rock Creek Partnership, includes Friends of Trees, Clackamas River Basin Council, and Solve, organized the event with support from Water Environment Services, on behalf of CCSD #1.
Northern Red-legged Frogs (Rana aurora) prepare to hatch - Amphibian egg masses discovered by Clackamas Web Academy students as part of the Watershed Health Education Program, help to determine the quality of water within the Three Creeks natural area wetlands just blocks from campus. Students visited the site to help with a County-wide survey being conducted by Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Watch the frogs about to emerge and learn more here!
North Clackamas Park's new willow trees are budding! -These native willows were planted as cuttings last winter along Mt. Scott Creek. Native species of willows grow new roots and shoots from cut sections of branches planted into moist soil. Cuttings root most readily if they are cut and planted in late fall through early spring, when dormant. Click here for more information Read the articles in the news: Sun shines on dedication
Mt Scott Creek revitalization swimming to 'home stretch' Mt Scott Creek work tries to snag big fish
Clackamas County Water Environment Services awards grants supporting watershed health - Clackamas County Water Environment Services, on behalf of Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD#1), has awarded over $150,000 to six regional organizations to support watershed restoration and stewardship activities in areas served by CCSD#1. Benefiting watersheds include Rock Creek, Kellogg Creek, Mt Scott Creek, Phillips Creek, Johnson Creek, and the Clackamas River. Click here to read more. Click here to find out how you can get involved!
Students learn about science and how to protect the Clackamas River watershed - "Clackamas High School has multiple classes that have an outdoor/environmental component. WES provides the funding and resources such as field trips, experts from the community, and equipment that allow our students to make real world connections between the local watershed and their own well being." -Phil Gwin Clackamas High Science Teacher Click here to learn about the Watershed Health Education Program
Click here to see more artwork by Clackamas High School Science students Watch the Featured Video (above left)
Read About Our Innovative Approach to Wastewater Management - An industry publication features our Tri-City plant as a "model of sustainability" in their recent article. The plant uses innovative Membrane Bioreactor treatment technology to save space, reduce odor, and generate much cleaner treated water than conventional approaches. Click here to read the article.
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. For more information, please visit www.imaginewillamette.org
NEW Kellogg Odor Hotline 503-557-6367 - Please call the Odor Control Hotline to report an odor that you believe is related to wastewater treatment at the Kellogg Plant. District staff will promptly investigate your concern and return your call.