Following effort at Happy Valley Park, Clackamette Park event rescheduled to protect water quality

COURTESY PHOTO: WES - About 30 volunteers converged on Happy Valley Park on Thursday, Oct.15, to remove more than 50 pounds of trash.Clackamas Water Environment Services and SOLVE resumed their annual waterway cleanup events in Happy Valley Park on Thursday, Oct.15, with about 30 volunteers removing more than 50 pounds of trash from the park and surrounding neighborhood. WES Director Greg Geist, SOLVE CEO Kris Carico, and the National Charity League's Sunnyside chapter were among the volunteers taking part in the cleanup.

All volunteers practiced COVID-19 safety guidelines including physical distancing and use of face masks.

"Volunteers learned that Happy Valley Park is an important part of the Clackamas River Watershed," Geist said. "Many volunteers bring their kids, which is great because the kids learn about the importance of protecting water quality, which is what WES is all about."

The Clackamas River Watershed is home to a variety of bird species, including blue herons, cormorants, bald eagles and ospreys. Salmon and steelhead populate the river. Participants learn firsthand how objects on the ground can end up in waterways if not removed due to stormwater runoff, which is a leading cause of water pollution in Oregon.

The next WES-SOLVE cleanup will take place in Clackamette Park in Oregon City at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. For more information and to register, visit

Two WES-SOLVE cleanups scheduled for Oregon City in August and September were canceled due to the wildfires and windstorm.

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