Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • Deferred maintenance and aging infrastructure foretell necessary rate increases in some cities. Have you ever noticed the Surface Water Management (SWM) Fee on your sewer/water bill and wondered what you are paying for? According to Clean Water Services’ website, “Within the Urban Growth Boundary in Washington County, we all do. Each resident of the community […]

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  • Have you ever noticed the Surface Water Management (SWM) Fee on your sewer/water bill and wondered what you are paying for? According to Clean Water Services’ website, “Within the Urban Growth Boundary in Washington County, we all do. Each resident of the community contributes to the cost of the SWM program because we all use […]

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  • A few students from Metzger Elementary School in Tigard were able to witness lamprey spawning in Summer Creek during a field trip to Dirksen Nature Park in Tigard last week.  We checked around and found that others were seeing lamprey in the Fanno Creek system too. Carla Staedter, Surface Water Quality and Volunteer Coordinator for the […]

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  • A few students from Metzger Elementary School in Tigard were able to witness lamprey spawning in Summer Creek during a field trip to Dirksen Nature Park in Tigard last week.  We checked around and found that others were seeing lamprey in the Fanno Creek system too. Carla Staedter, Surface Water Quality and Volunteer Coordinator for the […]

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  • Wetland prairie restoration represents a unique opportunity to improve water quality, create habitat for mammals, raptors, threatened salmonids and amphibians and reestablish a rich diversity of native plant species.  Prairies naturally hold the Tualatin Rivers’ winter flood waters, filtering and cooling them, recharging ground water, and releasing cool clean water slowly back to the Tualatin each […]

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  • Wetland prairie restoration represents a unique opportunity to improve water quality, create habitat for mammals, raptors, threatened salmonids and amphibians and reestablish a rich diversity of native plant species.  Prairies naturally hold the Tualatin Rivers’ winter flood waters, filtering and cooling them, recharging ground water, and releasing cool clean water slowly back to the Tualatin each […]

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  • I paddled the river from Eagle Landing to Scholls yesterday. Wow! Access at Scholls Bridge is difficult right now but… for a Paddler Map update I’d suggest the following: The NE corner access (as listed on the map) is completely blocked by debris stacked halfway up the hillside. The put-in takeout really should be listed […]

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  • Our Parking Forest project at PCC Sylvania, that uses structural soil, linear tree wells and native Douglas fir trees has been featured in a recent publication by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s Nonpoint Source News-Notes has a nice article (see page 12) about our Parking Forest project at PCC Sylvania with some great photos […]

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  • Our Parking Forest project at PCC Sylvania, that uses structural soil, linear tree wells and native Douglas fir trees has been featured in a recent publication by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s Nonpoint Source News-Notes has a nice article (see page 12) about our Parking Forest project at PCC Sylvania with some great photos […]

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