Water & Soil

Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project gets a boost with Metro funding award

Nadaka Nature Park & Garden Project gets a boost. Regional Funding improves access to West Gresham nature park and supports community garden. Info here!

Friday May 18, 2012
For Immediate Release

Regional funding improves access to West Gresham nature park and supports community garden

On May 17th the Metro Council awarded $238,000 in capital funding to the Nadaka Nature Park and Garden Project, building momentum to this community-driven garden and nature park project in West Gresham. The competitive Metro grant award comes from capital bond funds approved by voters as part of the 2006 Regional Natural Areas Bond Measure and will support new park features like a nature based-play area, rain garden, community garden and more. The new funding adds to over $150,000 in existing financial support from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, Meyer Memorial Trust and the City of Gresham.

Free, Rain Garden 101 Workshop: May 19, 2012 9AM-1PM

05/19/2012 - 9:00am
05/19/2012 - 1:00pm
Free, Rain Garden 101 Workshop: May 19, 2012 9AM-1PM. Info here!

Add a rain garden!

When: Sat May 19, 2012 9AM-1PM
Mt. Hood Community College
Town and Gown Room
26000 SE Stark
Gresham, OR
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Build your own rain garden at home to help reduce water pollution and create urban habitat for birds and butterflies.

Free Workshop
This free workshop explores the role rain gardens can play in urban stream restoration, while adding beautiful landscaping to your yard. Participants will learn how to site, plan and build a rain garden. Registration is required and space is limited.

Free, Columbia Slough Tour, Explore the Life of Frogs: Apr 11, 2012 5-6PM

04/11/2012 - 5:00pm
04/11/2012 - 6:00pm
Free, Columbia Slough Tour, Explore the Life of Frogs: Apr 11, 2012 5-6PM. Info here!

Frogs, frogs & frogs!

When: Wed Apr 11, 2012 5PM-6PM
Where: Columbia Slough Water Quality Facility
19595 NE Sandy Blvd
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Join the fun
Bring the whole family to a hidden wetland in Gresham in search of cold, slimy, and fun frogs.

With amphibian scientist Laura Guderyahn from the City of Gresham, learn about a frog’s life cycle and use a net to hunt for amphibians in the water.

Recommended for kids aged 4+ with their parents; pre-registration requested. $5/family suggested donation to host Columbia Slough Watershed Council.

Got Radon? The only way to know your home’s Radon level is to test

Got Radon? The only way to know your home’s Radon level is to test. Info here!

Radon gas occurs naturally.

It is present in nearly all soil and rock; you can't see, smell or taste it - but it's there.

Radon forms when uranium breaks down to radium, which in turn breaks down to form radon. As radon decays, it releases radioactive byproducts that are inhaled. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer after smoking -- and the number one reason why non-smokers die of lung cancer. It's estimated to be responsible for over 21,000 deaths annually in the United States.

Radon enters a home through cracks in walls, basement floors, foundations and other openings. Once inside, radon can become trapped and build up to unsafe levels, especially in areas below ground-level. Nationwide it's estimated that 1 in every 15 homes has elevated radon levels. In the Portland / Vancouver area that number can skyrocket to 1 in 4 homes.

Free Event, 'Johnson Creek Days' Rain Garden Bike Tour: Sep 10, 2011 9AM-1PM

09/10/2011 - 9:00am
09/10/2011 - 1:00pm
Free Event, Johnson Creek Days Rain Garden Bike Tour: Sep 10, 2011 9AM-1PM. Improve water quality and wildlife habitat at home by building your own rain garden, disconnecting your downspouts and gardening with native plants. Info here!
Rain Garden, Functional beauty

Lots of Creative Ideas

When: Sat Sep 10, 2011 9AM-1PM
Where: (Multiple locations)
Meet at Main City Park,
Springwater Trail parking

Gresham, OR
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Rain garden: Landscaping that absorbs water from your roof or driveway

Free Tour
Join the Johnson Creek Watershed Council and the City of Gresham's Watershed Division on a tour of Hollybrook Neighborhood rain gardens. Learn about native plants, natural gardening and building your own rain garden at home to help improve water quality and wildlife habitat.

Registration required. Meet at the Main City Park Springwater Trail parking lot in Gresham at 9AM. Tour will go until noon. Bring supplies for a picnic in Main City Park from noon until 1PM. Please wear a helmet and bring a water bottle and sunscreen.

Stormwater Planters, Improving Our Environment and Our Neighborhoods

Stormwater planters, born in Portland Oregon are being replicated nationwide for 'green' stormwater management. Info here!
What are these things?
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Beauty meets functionality

Born in Portland, Stormwater planters
are being replicated nationwide for their 'green' stormwater management

Let The Rains Begin

With the rainy season upon us it seems appropriate to explore some recent roadside changes in our area.

Q. Have you noticed the new curbside planters popping-up everywhere and wondered what they are, and what's their purpose?

A. They're Stormwater planters. And are being installed to manage street stormwater runoff and improve the water quality of area rivers and streams.

Managing Stormwater, Naturally

Stormwater planters are a natural stormwater management approach that uses plants and soil to slow, filter, and cleanse stormwater from streets. Traditional stormwater management directs runoff into pipes. Stormwater planters disconnect street stormwater runoff from a storm sewer and manages it at its source, where rain falls, using a landscape approach.

Nationally Recognized Program

Pioneered in 2005 by the City of Portland's "12th Avenue Green Street Project," stormwater planters are now used extensively throughout Portland neighborhoods and urban areas. In fact, stormwater planters are so effective at managing stormwater runoff that cities all across the nation are following Portland's footsteps.

SW 12th Ave Green Streets Project
12th Ave Green Streets Project
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Since 2005 the City of Portland has received many awards for its innovative designs and has become the recognized leader in green stormwater management.

Stormwater planters protect water quality in rivers and streams by removing up to 90% of pollutants. They replenish groundwater supplies, absorb carbon, improve air quality and improve neighborhood aesthetics.

Join-in the Springwater Cycle Stroll Fundraiser, raise money for watershed restoration: Sep 1-30, 2009

09/01/2009 - 12:00pm
Join-in the Springwater Cycle Stroll Fundraiser, raise money for watershed restoration: Sep 1-30, 2009. Info here!

Bike, walk, run, jog, or skateboard
along the Springwater Trail

Help raise money for watershed restoration!

When: September 1-30, 2009
Where: Along the Springwater Corridor Trail
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During the month of September the Johnson Creek Watershed Council is hosting the Springwater Cycle Stroll, a benefit event where particpants raise money for the miles they travel on the Springwater Trail throughout the month. Participants ride their bikes, walk, run, jog or skateboard along the Springwater Corridor Trail, logging their miles and collecting pledges from family and friends. Participants log miles at any time during the month, and at their own pace. Pledges can be per-mile or a flat donation. There will be friendly competition along the way with prizes for most miles biked, most miles run, most miles walked, and most money raised. The donations raised through this event will support the Council's restoration, education and outreach programs.

The Springwater Corridor Trail parallels Johnson Creek for much of its length. This event is also an opportunity to feature some of metropolitan Portland's history and little-known natural treasures along the creek.

Join the Springwater Cycle Stroll and raise money for watershed restoration and protection while enjoying the Springwater Trail along Johnson Creek! Register now at www.jcwc.org or by calling (503) 652-7477.

FREE! Rain Gardens 101 Workshop, Fairview: June 11, 2009 6PM

06/11/2009 - 6:00pm
06/11/2009 - 9:00pm
Free Rain Garden workshop, Fairview OR, June 11, 2009 6PM-9PM
Click to enlarge Rain Garden

Free workshop!

Make your own Rain Garden!
Beautify to your yard & protect our streams too.

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District: We help people care for their land

When: Thursday June 11, 2009 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Where: Fairview Community Center
200 Harrison St
Fairview, OR
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What is a Rain Garden?

Rain gardens are a great way to add beautiful landscaping to your yard and protect our overloaded urban streams at the same time. Join us to learn how to build a rain garden on your property to keep our streams clean and healthy!

Participants will learn what a rain garden is and the critical role they can play in the restoration of urban streams, and the “how to’s” of constructing your own rain garden. You will learn the how to assess your site, calculate impervious surfaces, locate and size rain gardens, determine soil suitability with a percolation test, choose appropriate plants, and how to maintain your new rain garden. You will receive a rain garden packet, and where possible, take a field trip to a nearby rain garden.

Advanced registration required. Click here to register!

City of Gresham, AmeriCorps Earth Day Symposium: Apr 22, 2009

04/22/2009 - 4:00pm
04/22/2009 - 8:30pm

City of Gresham, AmeriCorps, Earth Day Symposium 4-8:30PM

Learn what AmeriCorps is doing for Gresham and the environment and how you can get involved

When: Wednesday, April 22nd 4:00PM to 8:30PM
Where: >Gresham City Hall
Council Chambers
1333 NW Eastman Parkway

Meeting Info

Please join the City of Gresham AmeriCorps members as we celebrate Earth Day! There will be a tabling period/open house from 4PM-7PM. Information will be provided on what AmeriCorps is doing for Gresham, what Gresham is doing for the environment, and how you can get involved.

Featured Tables

  • Operation Stream Clean
  • Backyard Wildlife Habitat Certification Program
  • What Can I Recycle?
  • Birds!
  • Be Green Volunteer Opportunities
  • and more!

Other activities & a movie too!

There will also be activities for families to participate in, such as bird house construction and recycled arts/crafts. At 7pm, there will be a showing of the Silent Invasion, an OPB Field Guide Documentary about invasive species followed by a brief discussion period.

FREE! Naturescaping Workshop: May 30, 2009 9AM

05/30/2009 - 9:00am
05/30/2009 - 1:00pm

FREE! Naturescaping Workshop: May 30, 2009. Sponsored by East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District (EMSWCD), Portland OR

Create backyard habitat, attract wildlife. Naturescaping is beauty and function!

East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District: We help people care for their land

When: Saturday, May 30, 2009 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Where: Lake House at Blue Lake Park
21154 NE Blue Lake Rd
Fairview, OR
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Definition (Wikipedia): Naturescaping (or nature scaping) is a term that refers to a method of landscaping that allows people and nature to coexist. By incorporating certain plants, especially native ones, into ones yard, one can attract beneficial insects, birds, and other creatures, and help keep our rivers and streams healthy. Extensive urban growth and urban sprawl over the last few decades has had a significant impact on habitat that birds and other wildlife once called home. Homeowners with yards have a unique opportunity to curtail this loss of habitat by creating their own backyard wildlife sanctuary. Read more.

Workshop Description

Naturescaping is the practice of designing a landscape so that it reduces water use, stormwater runoff, and pollution without sacrificing splendor. Plus, it saves you time, money, and energy – all while providing a beautiful habitat for birds, wildlife, and you. Naturescaping Basics introduces attendees to their connection with the watershed, native plants of the PNW, pollution prevention, and other core concepts of naturescaping. Advanced registration is required. Space is limited, so don't delay. Click here to register!

In this introductory workshop we introduce the concept of naturescaping. We also discuss time and maintenance savings, reduction/elimination of water and chemical use, increasing and improving wildlife habitat, watershed stewardship, and basic site or project planning, as well as many other great gardening tips.

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