Watershed council invites public to learn more about the non-moving body of water near the Columbia River.

COURTESY COLUMBIA SLOUGH WATERSHED COUNCIL  - Hands-on activities to learn about the Columbia Slough will be offered this Saturday at a Slough 101 session. On Saturday, March 24, the Columbia Slough Watershed Council is offering a free workshop with hands-on activities for anyone who hopes to learn more about the Slough.

The Slough is a 19-mile-long, slow-moving waterway that runs through Gresham, Fairview, and North and Northeast Portland. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will give community members the opportunity to learn about the relationship of indigenous peoples to the Slough, water quality, the history and changes of the Slough, wildlife in the area, and environmental impacts on the waterway.

There also will be activities led by experts that include studying water bugs that live in the Slough, a simulation of aquifer conditions, and a tour through a hidden part of the Slough.

The program is part of the Columbia Slough Watershed Council's spring outreach events.

The event is suitable for those 14 and older; pre-registration is required. It will be held at 16790 N.E. Mason St., Portland.

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