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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
Did you know that 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.

Goats take in the view as they rid invasive weeds along the Willamette River
This summer's heat didn't stop a herd of goats from ridding the rocky shoreline of invasive vegetation just south of Milwaukie's Riverfront Park behind the Kellogg Water Resource Recovery Facility. WES worked with the Kellogg Good Neighbor Committee to utilize goats for their suitability to sensitive areas and steep terrain while providing an envonmentally-friendly alternative to pesticides and power tools.

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. Click to get the Rain Garden Guide. Find out how you can become a rain garden partner at 503-742-4597 or

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 by students about water contaminants.

Properly dispose of prescription drugs at drop off locations to protect water
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.

Make a splash and clean up the trash during the
Down the River Clean Up on Sept 13, 2015!
Join the effort to help clean 20+ miles of the Clackamas River to preserve and protect water quality for thousands of Oregonians plus endangered species, including one of the last remaining wild salmon runs in the lower Columbia Basin. For more information about this event, please visit We Love Clean Rivers. Click to watch "Down the River Cleanup 2014" Registration begins August 1.

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