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From Wastewater to Wetlands: A Stunning Story of Restoration for Birds

Join Portland Audubon’s Avian Conservation Program Manager, Joe Liebezeit on Thursday April 27 at 7 p.m. at Happy Valley Station to learn about the innovative Natural Treatment Systems/Habitat Enhancement Project at the Fernhill Wetlands site in Forest Grove. Learn how Portland Audubon and its team of community scientists are learning how the bird community is responding to the habitat enhancement efforts and how projects such as this could be brought to Clackamas County.
Grab a bite and a beverage to enjoy during this FREE talk at Happy Valley Station which has more than 30 beer taps and 12 food carts to choose from.
Thursday April 27 at 7 p.m.
Happy Valley Station food carts, 13551 Southeast 145th Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97015

If parking at Happy Valley Station is full, overflow parking is available at Eastridge Covenant Church (14100 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas, OR 97015) or the Grocery Outlet (14800 SE Sunnyside Rd, Clackamas, OR 97015).

About the talk:
Fernhill Wetlands, a beautiful example of habitat restoration that benefits wildlife, can also provide a vital service to the community by treating wastewater naturally. This 600 acre wetland contains essential marsh, lake, and riparian habitat and is host to thousands of migrant and resident bird species. Clean Water Services has transformed the site in an ambitious effort to enhance wastewater treatment by creating 90 acres of open water and emergent wetland habitat that will cool wastewater and provide diverse habitat for a variety of bird species while saving ratepayers money. Attend this talk and learn from this example for how wetlands in Clackamas County can be restored for both wildlife and community benefit.

Food Cart List:

  • Mama’s Mini’s Donuts
  • Urban Avocado

  • Bardo’s Grill

  • Phatz Philly Cheesesteaks

  • Wasabi Sushi PDX

  • Crust Woodfire Pizza

  • Chinese Lucky Dragon

  • E-San Thai

  • Khao Niew – Lao Street Food

  • Yaba Yabaa

  • Kickin’ Chicken Wings

  • Metro Coffee Co

  • 30 beer taps

This event is organized in partnership with Water Environment Services of Clackamas County, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, the North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council, The Wetlands Conservancy, and the Audubon Society of Portland.

Nature Closeup by
Steve Berliner
Book sale to benefit NCUWC

NCUWC is excited to announce the release of the new book Nature Closeup – A Digiscoping Journey in Photos by founding NCUWC Board Member, Steve Berliner. You can now contribute to NCUWC by purchasing this beautiful 140-page coffee-table book of bird and wildlife photography. 100% of the profits go to NCUWC. The book displays Steve’s favorite shots from nearly two decades of digiscoping (photos through a spotting scope): award winners, published shots, and commercial work.


Be one of the first to own this “first of its kind” coffee table book. Each book sold is printed and shipped individually for the buyer, so you’ll be owning a limited edition. A limited printing will be available at upcoming NCUWC events. Contact us to learn more, 503-550-9282.

NCUWC Moves to
New Office

NCUWC is excited to announce that we have a new office to call home! As of March, NCUWC has moved our operations to the Milwaukie Presbyterian Church at 2416 SE Lake Rd. Milwaukie, OR 97215.

This is a great opportunity to expand our community engagement and create  a centralized location for the community to participate in the protection and restoration of Kellogg, Mt. Scott, River Forest, Boardman, and Rinearson Creeks. With a dedicated office space, NCUWC will be able to expand our volunteer programs and we look forward to more citizen monitoring this spring and summer.

Stop on by for a visit and see what we are up to! Many thanks to Milwaukie Presbyterian Church for opening up their building to us!

Steelhead in Mt. Scott Creek

In February, NCUWC was notified by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) that a spawning winter steelhead trout was surveyed in Mt. Scott Creek above Sunnyside Road. This is the first time that ODFW has recorded this observation in Upper Mt. Scott Creek and it is great news for the watershed! Because of the high flows in February, fish were able to migrate above Kellogg Dam and through both the 82 and 205 culverts that are often barriers to fish passage during lower flows.

Seeing these fish that are listed as threatened through the Endangered Species Act in Mt. Scott Creek is a great indicator that all the efforts from NCUWC and our partners to improve water quality and habitat are helping. However, our work is far from complete. With continued development, high water temperatures, significant fish passage barriers, and other issues, Mt Scott Creek is far from restored. That is why we need your help to continue to protect and restore this important creek from on the ground projects to addressing land use policy. To learn more and to volunteer contact us at 503-550-9282 or

Upcoming Events



When: Saturday, April 22 at 7pm - Doors Open 6:30
Where: Lillie Center for the Arts 11300 SE 23rd Ave. Milwaukie
Tickets: $8 online, $10 at the door, under 17 FREE!
The Milwaukie Film Series returns for its 6th year and will be screening the NW premier of ‘Finding Fontinalis’, by Travis Lowe. The film documents the journey of fishermen who are inspired by an old gaucho’s tale to search for a new world-record brook trout; but the water, landscape and the culture surrounding them became the impetus to conserve and protect it all. In addition, we’ll screen ‘The Rapid Decline of the Lower Deschutes River’ by Steven Hawley. A short documentary about how this world class river has become a tragedy for fish and fishermen alike. Guest Speakers include Jonah Sandford, Executive Director of the Deschutes River Alliance and Steven Hawley, Filmmaker.


Visit for more info and to buy tickets

A Creek Flows through Gladstone
Report on Rinearson Creek, Training, and Action Night

When: Thursday, May 4th 2017 from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Where: Gladstone Senior Center (1050 Portland Ave. Gladstone)
Join your neighbors, the North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council, and Dig In Community for a fun and educational evening for Rinearson Creek. Topics will focus on how you can be a leader in the protection and restoration of Gladstone’s Rinearson Creek for wildlife and future generations! Rinearson Creek is a small urban creek that faces many issues from poor water quality from roads and parking lots to loss of wildlife habitat. Join us to learn about best practices in restoration of native backyard habitats and how to best engage your local governments to ensure they protect our streams. This project is funded through the Metro Nature In Neighborhoods Restoration Grant program and Oak Lodge Water Services District. Many thanks to the City of Gladstone for their collaboration.

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