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Be Prepared for Winter Flooding

December 7th, 2015 was a stark reminder of the devastating impacts of flooding in our watersheds. As winter arrives this year, it is important for all of us to be prepared and stay aware of the potential for severe flooding and the danger it can bring. With basin-wide changes to hydrologic features such as increased impervious surfaces (parking lots, roads and buildings) and the loss of landscapes that naturally mitigate flooding (wetlands, healthy forests and floodplains), more frequent and more severe flood events are a reality that landowners and governments now have to manage.

How to Stay Informed
  • Learn about how to prepare and predict flood events by visiting Clackamas County's flood preparedness website here.
  • One of the most important things to know is if your home is in a flood prone area.  Contact Clackamas County to learn if you are at risk here.
  • Mt. Scott, Kellogg, River Forest, Boardman and Rinearson Creeks are small urban streams that do not have stream gauges to alert agencies when a flood is imminent. However, neighboring Johnson Creek does have a stream gauge that can be an indicator for flood potential. Visit the USGS stream gauge data here. (Note that this is raw information and does not show elevations where flooding occurs.) View National Weather Service Data here.
NCUWC Awarded Metro Restoration Grant for the Rinearson Creek Stewardship Initiative
NCUWC is happy to announce the receipt of a grant from Metro's Nature In Neighborhoods restoration grant program for the Rinearson Creek Stewardship Initiative.  With our partners at the environmental education nonprofit, Dig In (previously the restoration program at SOLVE) we will be working with private landowners on Rinearson Creek and students at Rex Putnam High School to restore the creek and build a community of stewardship for this important basin that drains into the Willamette.

If you live in Gladstone or along Rinearson Creek and would like to learn more and become involved in this great project, contact NCUWC at
Make Your Voice Heard for Creeks at Milwaukie Vision
You're invited to a Community Town Hall! Join Milwaukie tonight at the Waldorf School's Gymnasium to join the discussion on Milwaukie's Community Vision.

Livable community advocate Brian Scott will discuss current and anticipated trends, which will be followed by small group discussion of major topics such as transportation, housing, economic development, community services, and the environment. To learn more and RSVP click here.
NCUWC Tours 3-Creeks Natural Area with Network of Oregon Watershed Councils
NCUWC partnered with the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils, North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District and Water Environment Services to hold a tour of the beautiful 3-Creeks Natural Area for the Network's fall networking event. Joined by leaders from watershed councils across the state, NCUWC talked about the past restoration work and future goals for 3-Creeks and Mt. Scott Creek.
NCUWC is Searching for an Office
NCUWC is looking for a new home! We are looking for a donated or reduced rent office in the Milwaukie/McLoughlin area. Having a central location will increase NCUWC visibility and allow us to better serve the community in our efforts to restore and protect our creeks and watersheds. If you have a space, or know of an opportunity please contact us at or 503-550-9282. All donations are tax deductible.

Upcoming Events

Within Our Reach: December 8-9, OSU Alumni Center, Corvallis, Oregon
  A biennial gathering of funders, river restoration professionals, landowners, public agencies, scientists, students and community members focused on improving the health of the Willamette River and its tributaries. Presented by the Meyer Memorial Trust and Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Within Our Reach provides a unique opportunity for a broad group of stakeholders to come together, share and learn from one another. Register here.

Upcoming NCPRD Events: See the flyer below for events through March 2017.

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