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.

NOTICE: As of January 29, 2015 please go to www.ncurbanwatershed.wordpress.com for the most current information about NCUWC. This website, www.ncuwc.org, will remain in place but it will no longer be updated. Thank you for your support! 

Upcoming Events and Important Articles to Read!


Attend the Milwaukie 4th Annual Watershed Event on January 17, 2015 at 7 pm! The event kicks off the 2015 Milwaukie Film Series. Click here for more information.

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!

NCPRD is hosting an ivy pull at Homewood Park on January 25, 2015 from 1- 3 pm.

NCPRD and NCUWC will collaborate on a planting at Stringfield Park on February 7, 2015 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

NCPRD is hosting a restoration work party at Scott Park on February 7, 2015 from 9 am to 12:00 pm.

Attend the Urban Ecosystem Research Consortium (UERC) conference on February 9, 2015 from 8 am to 6 pm (4-6 pm is social). The event is held at the Portland State University Smith Center Ballroom, located at 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR. The focus is on environmental issues and the practical application of related ecological and social science research. Click here for the event flyer and additional 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! You can also get details and register by clicking on this link.

NCPRD, NCUWC, and Willamette Riverkeeper are hosting a planting at Spring Park Natural Area on February 21, 2015 from 9 am to 12:30 pm.

NCUWC and partners will host a tree and shrub planting, and a stream gauge monitoring workshop, with students at Rowe Middle School on February 24, 2015. The overall program will likely run 9 am to 3:30 pm but check back for details. 

NCPRD and NCUCWC are collaborating on a work party at Hull and Swanson open space on February 28, 2015 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.

NCPRD and NCUWC are collaborating on a planting event at 3-Creeks Natural Area on March 7, 2015 from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Meet in the parking lot in front of the aquatic park.

NCPRD and NCUWC are collaborating on a planting event at Risley Park on March 14, 2015 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm.

Please join NCUWC and others at the annual Celebrating Water event at Clackamas Community College on March 17, 2015! 

There is a Salmon Recovery Conference on May 27-29, 2015 in Vancouver, WA. Click here for the flier with the details!

Articles and Videos

Check out the NCUWC Annual Report FY 13-14 by clicking here! Contact us if you would like a printed copy, published in December 2014.

NCUWC board president, Terry Gibson, is quoted in the 12/15/14 Clackamas Review article about a proposed development in Jennings Lodge! Click here to read the article. There is public meeting about the project on January 21, 2015 at 7 pm.

Check out this great article about trees, "Exploring Societal Benefits of Healthy Urban Forests", published in the Portland Tribune on 12/9/14. Click here to read the article!

NCUWC and 3-Creeks Natural Area are in the Clackamas Review! See the article written by Ellen Spitaleri on 10/29/14 about NCUWC and the 3-Creeks Natural Area. Click here!  

The local organization the Center for Diversity and Environment and Green 2.0, have recently published a report, The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations. Click here to read the Executive Summary and click here to read the full report

Read the latest news on the Willamette Falls Legacy Project! Click here for the 12/11/14 article in the Clackamas Review!

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

Check out this fascinating article about stormwater and impacts on fish in the northwest! Click here! There is also a video about stormwater impacts on fish. Click here to check that out!

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!

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

Check out this great 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, 2014. 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. Speak up and let ODFW know how important their staff and services are.

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 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. 

Recent Events

Big canoe on holding 16 adults

Thank you to those who joined NCUWC and Schoolyard Farms for a special event on December 27, 2014 from 9 am to noon! The work party at Candy Lane Elementary School, which is located at 5901 SE Hull St, Milwaukie, OR 97267, was successful.

Thanks to those who attended the Phillips Creek Planting Day on November 22, 2014! The planting along Phillips Creek at 11300 SE Fuller Rd, Milwaukie, helped to improve our watershed!!

We had 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. Thank you to our speakers: John Runyon, Gayle Killam, and Samantha Dumont! We had 47 people in attendance. Thank you to the Gladstone Nazarene Church for hosting!

One of NCUWC's partners, the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District (NCPRD), had an important ballot measure on November 4, 2014. Thank you to those such as NCUWC who supported the ballot! Unfortunately, the ballot measure was defeated. Click here for the fact sheet! Click here for the Q&A sheet! Click here for the key facts sheet!

Thank you for joining NCPRD, NCUWC, and WES for a clean up event at 3-Creeks Natural Area! The event was held on November 2, 2014 from 9 am to noon. A lot of litter and debris was collected.

Many peopled joined NCPRD and NCUWC for an ivy pull at Spring Park Natural Area on October 25, 2014! The event was part of the No Ivy Day celebration! Spring Park is located at SE Sparrow and SE 19th Ave in Milwaukie. 

On Saturday, October 18, 2014 NCUWC and NCPRD hosted a volunteer work day at Stringfield Park from 9:30-11:30 am and at Risley Park from 11:45 am to 1 pm. 

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/.

Brief Recap of Events in 2013

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.