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Commissioner Fish is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services. He is also Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Slough 101 Workshop
Learn all about the Columbia Slough Watershed and its unique history!
The Columbia Slough is a beautiful 60-mile long floodplain of the Columbia River. Previously, Native Americans lived along the wetlands. Today, ten percent of all jobs in Oregon are located around the Slough.
Slough 101 is a free workshop that covers watershed health, environmental issues, wildlife and history of the region. Participate in hands-on activities and go on levee and pump station tours. Eight local experts will be on hand to answer a range of questions, from where to see Great Blue Herons to flood management.
Slough 101 is on Saturday, March 15, from 9 am – 12:45 pm at the Multnomah County Drainage District. Light refreshments are provided. Please register on the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s website.
9 am – 12:45 pm
Saturday, March 15 2014
Multnomah County Drainage Districts
1880 NE Elrod Dr.
March 10, 2014
Division/Clinton First Friday
The Division/Clinton Business Association is hosting a First Friday event tonight!
Every first Friday of the month, Portlanders and local businesses get together and enjoy entertainment, art, and great food in this historic neighborhood.
The Division/Clinton Business Association has been going strong since the 1930s, promoting the prosperity of the neighborhood for residents and local businesses alike.
Check out Venture Portland’s website for more upcoming events in Portland neighborhoods.
Photo courtesy of Venture Portland.
March 7, 2014
Peter Korn in the Portland Tribune, March 5, 2014
Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury, March 4, 2014
Jamie Hale in the Oregonian, February 28, 2014
Commissioner Amanda Fritz in The Oregonian, February 28, 2014
March 7, 2014
The Age-Friendly Portland Advisory Council has launched a new website, AgeFriendlyPortland.org.
Unanimously supported by Portland City Council, Elders in Action, and other organizations throughout Portland, Age-Friendly Portland is dedicated to building an empowered and engaged community of older adults in our wonderful city.
AgeFriendlyPortland.org provides information for upcoming events and opportunities, highlights community partners’ initiatives, and shares news articles and other important resources.
Age-Friendly communities can be found all over the world, with more continually popping up. Currently there are 145 in 22 countries! To learn more about other Age-Friendly communities, visit Age-Friendly World’s website.
Get connected by joining a committee or volunteering! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 235 – 5474 for more information.
Photo courtesy of Elders in Action.
March 6, 2014
Glencoe Rain Garden - 10 years later
This winter has been especially rainy – it makes us grateful for our innovative systems that manage heavy stormwater.
Over a decade ago, some Mt. Tabor neighbors had sewage flooding their basements because heavy water runoff was clogging small pipes.
The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) worked to install larger pipes to prevent overflow. They also partnered with Portland Public Schools and Glencoe Elementary School to design the beautiful Glencoe Rain Garden, which captures rain and stormwater runoff.
The garden provides the community with a lovely area of nature, and doubles as an outdoor classroom with a butterfly garden for Glencoe Elementary School.
10 years later, it is still a success! There have been no reported basement backups in the neighborhood. The native plants and soils in the rain garden are doing well and soak up 85% of annual runoff water. It also prevents pollutants from entering our sewers and rivers.
To learn more about how Portland focuses on “green” solutions to stormwater management, visit BES’s website.
March 5, 2014