Volunteers needed at Discover Rock Creek—a work party and project tour Dec. 6, 2014 9AM-noon at 14974 SE Hwy 212 - The Rock Creek Confluence natural area will be open to the public for the first time since recent habitat construction was completed. Rock Creek is home to federally-listed threatened and endangered Chinook and Coho salmon, steelhead, as well as resident cutthroat trout. At Discover Rock Creek, volunteers will learn about salmon habitat, water quality, and experience an area that’s home to diverse wildlife while helping to plant native trees and shrubs. To volunteer, please RSVP to SOLVE. To learn more about this event, visit Clackamas River Basin Council.
If it's on the ground, it's in the water! Rain gardens can help - Rain water flows over streets and can carry pollution into our waterways. Click here to read a recent article that describes what happens. Every pesticide (including organic pesticides) has some level of toxicity. Pesticides which are sprayed on a windy day can drift onto neighboring property or into a creek. Pesticides applied before it rains can wash into a storm drain that connects to a local waterway. Read about Healthy Lawn Healthy Environment or visit the National Pesticide
2014-15 RiverHealth Stewardship grants support watershed health - Clackamas County Water Environment Services awarded over $183,000 to six regional organizations to support watershed restoration, stewardship and educational activities in areas served by CCSD#1. Benefiting watersheds include Rock Creek, Kellogg Creek, Mt Scott Creek, Rose Creek, Phillips Creek, Johnson Creek, and the Clackamas River. Click here to read more.
Take advantage of prescription Drug Take-Back locations to protect water quality - 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 learn about water quality and "EnviroGoats" - Over 530 students at Verne Duncan Elementary School welcomed Clackamas County Commissioner Chair John Ludlow, Water Environment Services Interim Director Michael Read, and GoatPower Shepherdess Briana Murphy at an all-school assembly to learn about a goat herd working to clear weeds form a stormwater pond next to their school. Goats provide an environmentally-friendly solution to pesticides and power tools that won't cause erosion and are suited for sensitive areas, as well as steep terrain. Watch the GoatCam
Only rain and snow melt should enter storm drains that connect to waterways - Clean storm drains help reduce flooding and protect the health of our rivers and streams. Decrease chances of high water on your property AND meet your annual CCSD#1 storm drain cleaning requirement by clicking here to sign up. Click here for the maintenance report form. ONLY WATER GOES INTO A STORM DRAIN! Please call 503-742-4567 if you are aware of other substances in a stormdrain. Watch a video about illicit discharge detection and elimination
HYROMODIFICATION - Changing a waterbody's physical structure as well as its natural function can cause problems such as changes in flow, increased sedimentation, higher water temperature, lower dissolved oxygen, degradation of aquatic habitat structure, loss of fish and other aquatic populations, and decreased water quality. It is important to properly manage hydromodification activities to reduce nonpoint source pollution in surface and ground water. Click here to find out what WES is doing in CCSD#1 or Click here to learn more about hydromodification from the EPA
Water Environment Services featured on StormTV! - The Water Environment Federation has launched StormTV, an innovative way to share what agencies across the country are doing to protect and enhance water quality. Among the many videos on StormTV are two Water Environment Services productions: Watershed Health Education Program and Rock Creek Watershed Wide Event. A panel of judges from the Water Environment Federation will select the top videos from a series of categories in August.
Wipes can ‘wipe out’ costly sewer systems - Wet wipes, baby wipes, cleansing wipes, disinfecting wipes, surface wipes, hand wipes, antibacterial wipes, bathroom wipes or disposable moist towelettes. Whatever you call them, no matter what the packaging says, DO NOT FLUSH! The packaging might say they’re flushable, but wipes, no matter the cleaning purpose, are causing expensive problems for sewer operators all over the world and should be disposed of in a waste receptacle and sent to a landfill to decompose. To find out what happens after you flush, please watch the video Down the Drain
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
Watershed Wide Event attracts hundreds of volunteers -Volunteers gathered at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley 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 with support from WES on behalf of CCSD #1.
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
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.