2014 has been a whirlwind tour around the Tualatin basin and a year full of successes for Tualatin Riverkeepers. We had our biggest season for boat rentals, getting 2,500 paddlers on the river this summer and over 500 of them were youth under 18 ̶ a major victory for inspiring the next generation of waterkeepers.
We had one of the most attended Discovery Days of our history, and probably the most delicious thanks to all the BBQ! We want to thank you for coming out in force to all of our public events.
TRK held the largest event of its history in late August, hosting 322 Intel volunteers on an epic restoration work day. And to top it off we were awarded two significant restoration grants for the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge and Tigard’s Cook Park, home of our summer boat rentals. Viewed across these two landscapes, we will restore nearly 300 acres of public lands and put over 200,000 native plants in the ground in the next three years! We hope you can join us for incredible initiative.
Our advocacy efforts focused on fixing the land use practices that are the leading sources of stormwater runoff pollution in our river and neighborhood creeks. In November we hosted, with Oregon Department of Forestry and the Intertwine Alliance, 80 professionals and community members to discuss how we can better use urban forestry policy to improve our landscape and reduce stormwater runoff,
TRK continues to inspire new voices and leadership in our basin. Presenting the first of our River Professors event series, we packed the house to hear representatives from the Grand Ronde Tribes speak on Native Peoples of the Tualatin Valley, including current ways Native leadership is shaping the landscape. We’ve also seen an influx of new voices into all of our citizen committees, be they Watershed Watch, Trips and Tours, or Equity and Diversity.
When many quality organizations ask for a contribution this season, please remember that TRK is the only nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to clean water in the Tualatin River.
TRK is working right here in your own backyard, expanding our educational efforts, introducing new paddlers to the tranquility of the river, and continuing to be a strong voice for clean water.
Please make an end-of-year donation to Tualatin Riverkeepers.