Funding supports variety of activities to restore habitat, manage invasive plant species.

COURTESY PHOTO: WES - At an event hosted by Clackamas Water Environment Services, 20 volunteers collected 300 pounds of litter in August 2020 at 3-Creeks Natural Area in Milwaukie.Clackamas Water Environment Services (WES) is awarding $280,523 in grants through its RiverHealth Stewardship Program to 12 organizations.

Funding will support a variety of activities that restore habitat, manage invasive plant species, organize community volunteer events, provide watershed science education and remove trash from waterways while enhancing water quality.

The following organizations will receive grant funds:

• Clackamas River Basin Council ($30,000) — Will conduct riparian restoration along Sieben Creek near its confluence with the Clackamas River, including pilot weed removal and hydroseeding in a highly erosional area. They will also conduct stakeholder outreach to engage key streamside landowners in the Rock and Sieben Creek watersheds, and stewardship classes to residents.

• Columbia Land Trust and Portland Audubon ($16,537) — Will provide technical assistance, incentives, resources and recognition to participants in the Backyard Habitat Certification Program as they enhance native wildlife habitat, control invasive weeds, reduce pesticides and manage stormwater in their yards.

• Ecology In Classrooms & Outdoors ($26,400) — Will provide hands-on classroom lessons and stewardship education, schoolyard/wetland restoration experiences and Climate Action Education at elementary and high schools.

• Friends of Trees ($29,904) — Will build on past riparian restoration efforts and engage volunteers, expand outreach to increase participation in future site restoration, and engage youth through hands-on environmental education experiences.

• Happy Valley Heights HOA ($29,850) — Three HOAs in partnership will restore their wetland, riparian, and upland open space areas in Happy Valley in the Mt. Scott and Sieben Creek watersheds, including invasive species removal, volunteer events, and partnering with SOLVE and boys team charity.

• Johnson Creek Watershed Council ($29,831) — Will engage volunteers and partners in Johnson Creek Clean-Up; Watershed Wide Event, including at the Mitchell Creek site; Science in the Park; and one other family-friendly community education day.

• North Clackamas School District ($11,414) — Will restore a riparian area along Rose Creek, replace previously removed invasive species with natives, conduct a creek clean-up, and provide learning for students and neighbors. The site is on Oregon Trail Elementary School grounds, adjacent to the WES-owned Rose Creek property.

• North Clackamas Watersheds Council ($29,992) — Will expand the Streamside Stewards Riparian Habitat Restoration Program, focusing on contiguous habitat in Mt. Scott Creek watershed, provide workshops to build an understanding of watershed health and inspire stewardship actions, and engage landowners in monitoring and maintenance.

• Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides ($14,245) — Will engage Latinx landscapers in a professional network to share technical skills and practices to reduce pesticide use, building on experience and participant input from the 2020 virtual Spanish-language stormwater facilities workshop.

• Rivers of Life Center ($23,950) — A joint project between Rivers of Life Center, the Aerie at Eagle Landing, Union Pacific Railroad, the city of Happy Valley and Clackamas Community College will include stream restoration, wetlands enhancement, and trails and meadow plantings in an area that supports eagles, ospreys and numerous species of owls.

• The Wetlands Conservancy ($28,400) — At Hearthwood Wetland, the headwaters of Kellogg Creek, The Wetlands Conservancy and Wisdom of The Elders will remove invasive species mechanically, without herbicides and plant native species.

• World Salmon Council ($10,000) — Will provide the Salmon Watch Environmental Education Program to WES district students, including classroom curriculum, field learning, exploring careers in natural resource fields and community service. The program incorporates innovative learning activities designed to enhance students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

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