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Brought to you by Northwest Cannabis Company. Tualatin Riverkeepers' Green Heron Fundraiser will be held at 5:00pm on Nov. 19, 2022.

Tualatin Riverkeepers give out river rentals to make recreating on the Tualatin river more accessible.

Once upon a time, (in the '80s) the Tualatin River was the most polluted river in the state of Oregon. It was the first river in the state to fail overall pollution limits. In 1989, local agencies were forced to begin cleaning up the river after the Tualatin failed water quality standards outlined in the Clean Water Act of 1972. "People used to call the Tualatin the "Toilet-In", because it was so badly polluted," said Brittany Leffel, Stewardship Program Coordinator of Tualatin Riverkeepers.

Today, the Tualatin river's water quality has improved. Through the hard work of community partners and nonprofits like Tualatin Riverkeepers, the river is now much less polluted and has seen a resurgence of people boating, fishing and swimming. But the river still needs protection and conservation.

Tualatin Riverkeepers, a nonprofit which "builds watershed stewardship through education, public restoration, access to nature and advocacy," does just that. "We envision a thriving watershed that acts as a valuable community resource for all, so that we all have access to clean water, healthy ecosystems, and enjoyable river opportunities," said Leffel.

What stands in the way of this vision? For one thing, climate change. The emerald ash borer, a highly destructive exotic green beetle that infests ash trees, was discovered in Forest Grove last June, marking the first confirmation of the invasive pest on the West Coast. In Oregon, the establishment of EAB could devastate whole habitat types that are dominated by Oregon ash, including the Tualatin River, which is lined by ash trees.

The Tualatin River happens to be a few blocks away from Northwest Cannabis Company, Oregon's largest cannabis superstore and only dispensary in Tualatin. Jeremy Hall, their general manager, took notice of the river, and wanted to get the company involved.

"I looked at what the world is facing and knew climate change was at the forefront. I want to protect the environment wherever we can, for future generations," said Hall. Which is why Northwest Cannabis Company has adopted the Tualatin Riverkeepers as its local community cause, becoming their sponsor and partner.

"We chose the Tualatin Riverkeepers because we want to give to a cause that people right here in our local community will get excited about and see how we are making a difference together." Said Hall. Northwest Cannabis Company believes in leaving the community better than they found it. They donate a portion of their sales to Tualatin Riverkeepers, which goes directly towards providing low-cost river rentals to the community.

Northwest Cannabis has held special events with a raffle and giveaways to generate additional money for the Riverkeepers, including their grand opening celebration, annual 420 Northwestcannafest event, and Tualatin Chamber golf tournament.

Tualatin Riverkeepers pose with their paddles after a float down the Tualatin river.

On November 19, Tualatin Riverkeepers is throwing their annual Green Heron Fundraiser to raise money for their upcoming program year. The event will have a live auction, and a weeklong online auction to bid on lodging, artwork, admission passes, and more. The event on the 19th will include a wine wall, paddle raise, and games to play for an additional raffle package. Additionally, light snacks and drinks will be served, and the evening will feature a presentation and live auction. Northwest Cannabis Company is one of the presenting sponsors for the Green Heron Fundraiser. The Riverkeepers encourage the local community to come out for the fun festivities.

This year, Maria Davila Bores, a parks project specialist for the City of Hillsboro's Parks & Recreation department, has been named by Tualatin Riverkeepers as the Green Heron Award winner. It is given each year to recognize someone who has done significant and important work to move forward the Tualatin Riverkeepers' mission of protecting, restoring, and providing equitable public access to the Tualatin River and its watershed.

Davila Bores reflected on her life leading up to winning the award: "My story is simple. I moved to the Portland Metro area, and I felt like I did not belong for years. Moving from home to a new country, a new language, a new job/or no job, no family, and no friends is challenging. It was only when I started interacting with nature that I began to feel that I was in the right place, and I could fit in. Accessing rivers for recreation is rare in my country, and it is a plan you make for a vacation day because it takes a lot of resources. Having that luxury here is surreal, and I want others to experience the same. I want others to feel fulfilled by the magic of the Tualatin River.

As the project manager for the Rood Bridge Park's public watercraft launch years ago, she shepherded grants and contracts to provide the community with a free and accessible launch site, within a welcoming city park that additionally provides many amenities for families looking to recreate and celebrate near and in the water each summer. For the past two years of Tualatin Riverkeepers' Equitable Access project, the Rood Bridge Park launch has been an invaluable way for them to provide even more access opportunities with kayak and canoe rentals to the upper watershed, which has traditionally been underserved. Without Maria's work, this would have been impossible.

Additionally, Maria has been working with Tualatin Riverkeepers staff to encourage other cities to create their own public river access points. She has been especially helpful for staff at the City of Cornelius, which will ultimately provide even more opportunities for upper watershed residents. And Maria is also working with her own staff at City of Hillsboro to envision and plan a new launch site at Jackson Bottoms.

To drive additional awareness, Northwest Cannabis Company has created a Tualatin Riverkeepers branded pre-roll available at their Tualatin dispensary made by Noblecraft with the tagline "I support clean rivers with clean cannabis".

To support a great cause, come to the Green Heron Fundraiser.

(Image is Clickable Link) Northwest Cannabis company

WHAT: Tualatin Riverkeepers' Green Heron Fundraiser (tualatinriverkeepers.org/events/fall-fundraiser)

WHEN:

Online Auction will open on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14TH and all bidding will close on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST. Bid on lodging, artwork, admission passes, and more.

Event will be held at 5:00pm PM. Nov. 19, 2022

WHERE:

To register for the Online Auction: tualatinriverkeepers.org/events/fall-fundraiser

Nov. 19, 2022 Event: Broder Söder, 8800 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, OR 97223


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