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RiverHealth Stewardship Program

Applicants are elegible for $30,000 per watershed improvement project! - The RiverHealth Stewardship Program (RHSP) is currently accepting proposals from applicants who want to improve the health of Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD #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. Find out more.

RiverHealth Stewardship Program project

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.

May 8, 2015 Prescription Drug Drop Off at Milwaukie Center - 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.

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

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




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.

Review the 2014-15 budget