Beautiful Evening + Community = Great Stories of Watershed Health

Last month, twenty Kellogg Creek neighbors joined The Wetlands Conservancy and The North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council (NCUWC) for a summer evening potluck. The picturesque, streamside Cavalier HOA park in Milwaukie provided the background for a night of storytelling. Long-time residents and watershed newcomers shared their overall appreciation of the place they all call home through tales of beaver, birds and fish, the change in water levels in winter rains and summer drought, and neighborhood changes over the years.

Great evening with neighbors and North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council sharing stories and food.

Great evening with neighbors and North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council sharing stories and food.

 

TWC shared the results of our ecological, health and hydrology assessment of our 16.5 acre Hearthwood Preserve – the headwaters of Upper Kellogg Creek. With the results of this study we were excited to learn more about the lower section of Kellogg creek and community dynamics of the area. The potluck allowed TWC to explore ways in which TWC, neighbors, and NCUWC can work together to improve the ecological health of Kellogg Creek and share in the importance of the wetlands and wildlife their backyards.

Discussing the new beaver dam and the delicious pineapple cake!

Discussing the new beaver dam and the delicious pineapple cake!

 

We are happy to announce, a week after the potluck, TWC was awarded a RiverHealth Stewardship Program Grant from our partners at Water Environment Services to continue our assessment work lower in the Kellogg Creek watershed and build on the community interest to identify and implement additional creek and wetland enhancement projects.

Andrew, North Clackamas Urban Watershed Council Coordinator, smiles on the perfect picnic and community collaboration.

Andrew, North Clackamas Urban Watershed Council Coordinator, smiles on the perfect picnic and community collaboration.

 

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