Welcome!

Our Mission

The North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council’s mission is to advocate for the protection and enhancement of the watersheds’ fish and wildlife habitat and improve water quality through partnership with public and private entities, habitat restoration projects, community education and outreach, and strategic planning. Please contact us at 503-550-9282 to get involved.

Please join us for our monthly meeting at the Oak Lodge Sanitary District. The North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council gathers on the third Wednesday of every month at 14611 SE River Road, Oak Grove, OR 97267-1198 at 6:00 pm. The meetings are open to the public.

Important meeting note: We have a special board meeting on November 19, 2014 at 6 pm with featured guests from Cascade Environmental Group, River Network, and Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership. Our meeting location that evening will be at the Gladstone Nazarene Church at 4180 SE Jennings Ave, Portland, OR 97267. 

Upcoming Events!

Great articles to check out about: 1) preventing erosion, slowing water runoff, and habitat improvement and 2) Pacific lamprey

Check out the 2014 Summer Partner Update! The Watershed Council and Soil & Water Conservation District Partner Update document gives a brief summary of NCUWC and other organizations past several months of highlighted activities! Click here to read it!

One of NCUWC's partners, the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (NCPRD), has an important upcoming ballot measure for you to consider! Please read the following information sheets about this ballot measure with a November 4, 2014 vote date. Click here for the fact sheet! Click here for the updated Q&A sheet! Click here for the key facts sheet!

Speak up and share your thoughts about regional parks, trails, and nature! Metro is hosting community conversations about these matters and wants to know your thoughts. Check out the attached flier for dates and locations of the meetings and contact information to RSVP.

Join NCRPD and NCUWC on Saturday, October 18, 2014 for a volunteer work day! We will be at Stringfield Park from 9:30-11:30 am and at Risley Park from 11:45 am to 1 pm. Plan to be there! To see the event flier, click here!

Site Planning Workshop! On October 18, 2014, the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) will host a workshop on site planning from 9 am to 1 pm at the Lake Road Fire Station #4 at 6600 SE Lake Road, Milwaukie. Click here for details!

Join NCPRD and NCUWC for an ivy pull at Spring Park Natural Area on October 25, 2014! The event is 9 am to noon. It is part of the No Ivy Day celebration! Spring Park is located at SE Sparrow and SE 19th Ave in Milwaukie. Click here for info on No Ivy Day!

Join NCPRD, JCWC, and Aulani Johnson on October 26, 2014 for an event at Scott ParklLedding Library at 10660 SE 21st Ave, Milwaukie from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Join in the fun of a split rail fence project! Click here to get details!

Join NCPRD, NCUWC, and WES for a clean up event at 3-Creeks Natural Area! The event will be on November 2, 2014 from 9 am to noon. Meet at the North Clackamas Aquatic Park parking lot at 7300 SE Harmony Road. Lunch will be provided. Click here for details.

Join in the fun at the Phillips Creek Planting Day on November 15, 2014! The planting will be from 9 am to 1 pm along Phillips Creek at 11300 SE Fuller Rd, Milwaukie, OR. Click here to get more info!

NCUWC Board member Dick Shook is honored with a community service award! Click here for page 1 of the article and click here for page 2!

Check out this excellent video about our local beavers that was produced by Mike Pinker, assisted by Chris Runyard, and features Kellogg Creek! Click here to watch it!

NCUWC FY 12-13 annual report is available - Click here to read the annual report, published in January 2014!

NCUWC in the news! NCUWC was featured in a front page news article in the Clackamas Review on 2/19/14. Click here to see the story "Experts Say: Make Way for Beavers" written by Ellen Spitaleri!

Check out this great video on beavers in their natural habitats - The music will make you happy. Click here!

Oregon Public Broadcast is showing a program on beavers! Scientists regard beavers are tools for reversing the effects of global warming and water shortages. The program was shown on OPB TV on July 20 and July 22. There are no upcoming broadcasts listed. Click here for info: http://www.opb.org/television/programs/nature/episodes/3111/.

ODFW town hall on budget - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting public meetings on the 2015-17 budget. Attend and provide comments. Click here for more information.

Streamside Stewards Program! We are actively recruiting for more participants in our Streamside Stewards Program in the Oak Lodge Sanitary District (OLSD) and in the Water Environment Services (WES) area! Call or email NCUWC if you are interested. We are looking forward to hearing from you! Click here to check out our flyer for the OLSD Streamside Stewards Program! You can also find information, including the flyers for both OLSD and WES, on the Streamside Stewards page of this website.

NCUWC is a chapter of FrogWatch USA! In November 2013 the NCUWC board voted to become a chapter of FrogWatch USA. This program empowers citizen scientists of all ages to participate in a national survey of frogs and toads, which are considered to be an indicator of natural habitat health by biologists. Click here to check out the FrogWatch flyer or click on the link to our FrogWatch page!

Free compost! - If you are a member of our Streamside Stewards Program, in January 2014 we will have free compost available for you! Give us a call at 503-550-9282 to inquire about the details.

Check out the information on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project! Click here for the website.

The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has released landslide susceptability maps for Clackamas County. The study will aid land use and emergency planners and could make residents safer. Scientists identified 2,885 existing landslides, on top of which sits $1 billion worth of buildings and land with almost 8,000 people. Click here to read the press release and link to the publication. 

Upcoming Conference "Using Beaver to Restore Streams - The conference will be held on January 21 and 22, 2015 in Portland, OR. Click here for details!

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership (LCEP) has a planting at Meldrum Bar in Gladstone, OR, on February 21, 2015 from 9 am to noon. For details, contact LCEP! 

Recent Events

Big canoe on holding 16 adults

On September 27, 2014 NCUWC, NCPRD and SOLVE hosted a clean up event of the Hull St site on Hull St between Addie St and Ed-Anna Ct. The event was a great success with many enthusiastic attendees! We collected 689 lbs of trash including 4 tires, 3 bicycles, and 1 shopping cart. We also cleared 2,000 sq ft of English ivy and Himalayan blackberry! 

NCUWC and the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership (LCEP) collaborated on the NCUWC Annual Willamette River Tour in the Big Canoes (see the photo to the left) on July 19, 2014. Click on our Events 2014 (Pg 2) tab for details about our route and photos of the great event!

NCUWC presentation on beavers! We had a great turnout for the presentation by Susan Barnes of ODFW on May 21 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Susan was joined by Dave Stewart and both provided excellent information about beavers in our watersheds.  Click here to view the event flyer!

NCUWC, NCPRD, and SOLVE clean up event - NCUWC, NCPRD and SOLVE partnered to clean up a site on the headwaters of Rinearson Creek. The event was on April 26, 2014 on Hull St between Addie St and Ed-Anna Ct.

Earth Day E-Waste Recycle Event - On April 22, 2014 NCUWC and Oak Lodge Sanitary District (OLSD) held an Earth Day event from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm at the OLSD office at 14611 SE River Road. An impressive amount of electronic devices were donated. This was a benefit for the Wild Memorial Fund.

Mulching event April 5, 2014 at Stringfield Family Park - NCUWC joined Friends of Trees, Oak Lodge Sanitary District, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District at a fun and successful mulching event along the Trolley Trail at Stringfield Family Park at 3614 NE Naef Road in Oak Grove.

Tree planting March 8, 2014 at Spring Park Natural Area - NCUWC collaborated with North Clackamas Parks & Recreation and the Willamette Riverkeeper on a tree planting event on March 8, 20 at Spring Park. The event was a great success!

Tree planting February 15, 2014 - NCUWC joined with Friends of Trees, Oak Lodge Sanitary District, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District on a tree planting event on February 15, 2014 at Stringfield Park in Milwaukie, OR. Click here to see the story about it in the Clackamas Review on 2/19/14!

Milwaukie Film Festival - Thank you for joining NCUWC and other organizations at the Milwaukie Film Festival on January 25, 2014 at 7 pm. The room at the Masonic Lodge in Milwaukie was full! Check out ths link for details on the next film fest event http://milwaukiefilmfestival.com/.

A Watershed Event (AWE) - This November 2, 2013 event sponsored by Oak Lodge Sanitary District, NCUWC, CCSWCD, CRBC and others was fun and successful! 

Boardman Wetland Clean-up! - On September 28, 2013, from 2-4 pm, NCUWC board member Terry Gibson hosted a SOLVE clean-up event!

Opening of the Mt. Scott Creek Restoration Project at North Clackamas Park! Clackamas County Service District #1 partnered with North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (NCPRD), the City of Milwaukie, NCUWC and others to improve in-stream and riparian areas along lower Mt. Scott Creek in North Clackamas Park. We celebrated this project at the opening event on September 18, 2013 at North Clackmas Park.

The Clackamas Review featured NCUWC on August 14, 2013! Click here to read this great article by Ellen Spitelari!

Our Annual Tour of the Willamette River on July 20, 2013 was very successful! Thank you for your participation!  NCUWC partnered with the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership and the Willamette Riverkeeper for this event. Tryon Creek Watershed Council and Johnson Creek Watershed Council also joined us. The Clackamas Review featured the event in a July 22, 2013 article. Read about this exciting event (including the Clackamas Review article), review the route, and see event photos on the Projects page of this website. 

We had a NCUWC table at the movie night in Risley Park on July 26, 2013! About 150 people attended the movie night event; it was hosted by the NCPRD. 

Tell Me More

Celebrate the North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council!

Check out our annual reports to see what we have accomplished over the years!

2010 NCUWC Annual Report
2011 NCUWC Annual Report

2012 NCUWC Annual Report
 

Please contact the NCUWC coordinator at 503-550-9282 to get involved.