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Registration Open for NCUWC's 2016 Willamette River Tour

NCUWC is once again partnering with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership for our Annual Willamette River Tour! Join us on Saturday, July 30th from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm as we explore the Willamette from the falls to Milwaikie's Riverfront Park. Learn about the great work NCUWC is doing to restore fish habitat and improve water quality of the creeks that flow into this vitally important stretch of the Willamette River.

Contact Andrew (Council Coordinator) at to reserve your seat and learn more about the day. Space is limited, so reserve your space today.

Letter from the Chair

Greetings Watershed Stewards!

Now that the days are longer and the weather is warmer, you will discover many opportunities to learn and help out around the watershed. In my own neighborhood at Candy Lane Elementary School, a partner of the North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council (NCUWC), Schoolyard Farms hosted a series of events in May. 

The first two events were field trips on successive Fridays sponsored by Ecology in Classrooms and Outdoors through a Metro grant.  Four groups of fifth graders from Milwaukie Elementary School were able to spend two hours digging around the farm by helping plant native berries for the First Peoples Garden and then exploring the ecology of the farm from soil to sky.  As the sole representative of NCUWC at these two events, I directed the activity in the rain garden that we help maintain there. I wrangled the single large slug that we keep for educational purposes. Most of the students had never looked that closely at a slug before and they were amazed by the opening and closing of the pneumostome. (You can see this for yourself at Even though the students were there to learn and have fun, we accomplished a lot of important progress in the First Peoples Garden, the latest educational section of the farm, and in the rain garden.

The Family Fun Day at the Farm held on May 21 was very well attended in spite of many conflicting events that Saturday.  This was an open house directed at a younger audience, which found the face painting to be the most popular activity.  I continued working the rain garden while I answered questions and introduced people to the native plants.  We all had a great time.

I came away from May with renewed purpose, having been reminded how much fun it is to work with young people and with others that are working to educate the next generation of leaders.  I urge you to discover the rewards of getting involved in your watershed.  I hope to see you out there soon.  
Thank you for your partnership with NCUWC.

Terry John Gibson
Chair, NCUWC
Upper Kellogg Creek Neighborhood Gathering and Water-Watch
Do you live along Kellogg Creek? Are you interested in meeting your fellow Kellogg Creek neighbors who have dealt with flooding issues? Do you love the wildlife on Kellogg Creek? If so, join NCUWC and The Wetlands Conservancy on June 22nd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for this community picnic. Contact Andrew at to for directions and details.
Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District Awards Grant to NCUWC
The Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District (CSWCD) has awarded NCUWC with an expanded Watershed Council Support Grant for our 2016/2017 fiscal year. The grant will allow NCUWC to increase our outreach activities, develop new restoration projects and plan for the future of the organization and the watersheds we represent.

There are ten different watershed councils located either wholly or partially in Clackamas County that are supported by CSWCD. NCUWC would like to extend our utmost thanks to the CSWCD for their ongoing support and commitment to healthy streams and vibrant ecosystems for generations to come.

Upcoming Events

Today! Spring Park Natural Area Opening: 
Join North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District, the City of Milwaukie, NCUWC and Willamette Riverkeeper as we celebrate the Spring Park Restoration Project Opening on June 1st from 5pm-7pm at Spring Park Natural Area (SE Sparrow St. at SE 19th Ave. Milwaukie, OR). Refreshments will be provided.

Kellogg Creek Event: 
Join NCUWC and The Wetlands Conservancy on June 22nd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for this community picnic. Contact Andrew at to learn more.

Willamette River Paddle:
Reserve your seat today by emailing

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