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Family activities include ways to protect area's groundwater resource, canoe tours

COURTESY PHOTO: COLUMBIA SLOUGH WATERSHED COUNCIL - During the Aquifer Adventure, children will get to canoe along the Columbia Slough. All local pirates are invited to an event dedicated to teaching about groundwater.

The Aquifer Adventure will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Portland Water Bureau Groundwater Pump Station, Northeast 166th Avenue and Airport Way. There will be hands-on activities for all ages including a treasure hunt, face painting, and the chance to build aquifers out of ice cream and cookies.

Participants can also enjoy the wooded trail along the Columbia Slough before joining a canoeing tour. There will be free T-shirts available while supplies last.

The Aquifer Adventure is co-sponsored by the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. All of the activities are free, with the exception of food items available for purchase.

The goal of the fun afternoon is to focus on groundwater protection and water conservation — including tips and tools to use at home. Groundwater from the Columbia South Shore Well Field serves as a secondary drinking water supply for the region. It also allows the local water system to be resilient in the face of drought and climate uncertainty.

Those who attend are encouraged to bring pirate outfits, lingo and swagger.

For more information, visit www.columbiaslough.org.


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