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 risk to public health and the environment
“A Solid Plan for the Future” is 3-minute video about the wastewater treatment solids-handling capacity challenge within Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and the Tri-City Service District. The video is being shared with stakeholders throughout the region to bring public awareness to this urgent issue. To learn how WES 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 email@example.com
2016 RiverHealth Stewardship Program awarded grants totaling $240,000
Winning projects include habitat imporvements, stromwater facility installation, and watershed education and outreach. 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. For more information, contact WES Environmental Policy Specialist Gail Shaloum at 503-742-4597.
Recent study explains how specific chemicals found in common insecticides may harm water bugs
WES recently partnered with a dozen local governments within Clackamas County's urban area to fund a USGS study to monitor the amounts of pesticides that enter our urban streams. Read the press release and the study. 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.
Required storm drain inspection/cleaning discounts and online reporting tool
Clean storm drains help reduce flooding and protect the health of our rivers and streams. To help our commercial/industrial customers meet the annual inspection/cleaning and reporting requirement, CCSD#1/SWMACC has arranged for discounted cleaning of $45 per storm drain through an independent contractor. To sign up, click here. We also have an Online Reporting Tool to meet the annual reporting requirement, click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the National Association of Counties' County News article
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; and 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