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Know Your Septic System!

Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District is partnering with a number of local organizations to promote proper care and maintenance of septic systems. Septic system maintenance can help keep homeowners and their neighbors healthy and protect their drinking water and the environment. For homeowners, proper care can also prevent costly repairs or replacement of systems, protect property values, and save water.

As part of our ongoing efforts in the Clackamas River Watershed to protect and improve the water quality we invite you to attend our informative workshop, “Know Your Septic System – Check It, Fix It and Maintain It!”

Our workshop will be held:

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

City of Damascus Council Chambers

19920 SE Highway 212, Damascus

Join us for this FREE workshop where you will have an opportunity to:

  • Learn how septic systems work
  • Learn how to properly maintain a septic system
  • Recognize signs of septic system failure
  • Become familiar with County codes and permits for septic systems
  • Find technical and financial assistance

Workshop participants may bring a sample of their private well water to be screened for nitrates. Knowing what is in your water can impact your health. Directions for collecting water samples can be found here.

Workshop participants are also eligible for a $200 Septic System Inspection Rebate.

This workshop is sponsored by our great partnership with: Clackamas River Water Providers, Clackamas County, City of Damascus, and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

New Partnership Tackles Costly Invasive Weeds on Clackamas River

Invasive weeds cost Oregon residents millions of dollars each year, but a new effort is now underway to control invasive weeds along the Clackamas River. This effort is spearheaded by the newly formed Clackamas River Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), representing 13 public and nonprofit organizations working within the Clackamas River watershed. The CRISP partners just completed a comprehensive plan that sets priorities and strategies for coordinating management of invasive weeds across the Clackamas River Basin.

Why Target Invasive Weeds

Garlic Mustard Control in Clackamas County Photo by CCSWCD

Garlic Mustard Control in Clackamas County Photo by CCSWCD

The invasive weeds targeted by the group are important because they impair water quality, degrade natural areas important for fish and wildlife, reduce the productivity of farms, and reduce property values. The partnership hopes to mitigate these impacts by helping agencies, organizations and private landowners work more effectively across their property and jurisdictional boundaries.
“The strong participation we’ve seen from the partners speaks to the commitment of our members and the need for increased weed management within the Clackamas Basin,” says Jenny Dezso, project manager at the Clackamas River Basin Council and one of the lead authors of the CRISP plan. “The coordinated efforts of the CRISP partners will undoubtedly have a very positive impact on the health of the Clackamas River and provide benefit to landowners living on or near the river.”

Cost to You

The impact from invasive weeds is very real. A recent study by the Oregon Department of Agriculture found an annual loss in personal income of $83.5 million for just 25 of the 131 noxious weeds within the state. The study estimated a potential annual loss of $1.8 billion if weeds were left unchecked.

“In Clackamas County alone, we are tracking more than 31,000 weed populations for treatment,” says Samuel Leininger, WeedWise program manager for the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District. “We’ve got a big job ahead of us to control existing weeds and to prevent new weeds from establishing. The CRISP plan does a great job of prioritizing our efforts in the Clackamas Basin to get the most bang for our buck.”

Partnership Works

“We know we can’t do this alone,” says Peter Guillozet, a Metro natural resources scientist. “Invasive weeds ignore property lines, so working with our neighbors is essential. Metro has been such strong supporter of the CRISP planning effort because helping neighboring landowners to more effectively manage their weeds is a long-term cost savings for us.”
Implementation of the plan is slated to begin in the spring of 2016 with work on four priority target areas with the Clackamas Basin. Partner efforts include long-term goals planned over the next 10 years.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do implement the CRISP plan,” Dezso says. “But we are all excited to see the groundswell of support from our partners and landowners, who are ready to be responsible stewards within the Clackamas Basin.”
Organizations involved with creating the plan include:

  • 4-County Cooperative Weed Management Area
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Clackamas County Parks
  • Clackamas County Water Environment Services
  • Clackamas River Basin Council
  • Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Metro
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District
  • Oregon Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed Control Program
  • Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
  • Portland General Electric
  • United States Forest Service

For additional information about Clackamas River Invasive Species Partnership or for a copy of the CRISP Plan, contact either the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District at 503-210-6000 or the Clackamas River Basin Council at 503-303-4372. You can also visit the CRISP webpage.

Sprayer Maintenance, Set-up, and Calibration Workshop

Checking pressure gauge during 2014 sprayer calibration workshop

Checking pressure gauge during 2014 sprayer calibration workshop

Clackamas County growers, you have the first chance to reserve your place for a hands-on workshop on sprayer maintenance, set-up, and calibration. This is a free workshop co-sponsored by Oregon State University Extension and Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District.

Topics for the Day

  • Review sprayer operation and care.
  • Determine the fitness for use of the major components of boom and air blast systems.
  • Learn how to set-up spray equipment to make efficacious, cost-effective pesticide applications that are restricted to the intended target.
  • Demonstrate techniques and equipment to accurately determine sprayer output and speed.

Extra Benefits

Participants will have the added benefit of receiving 4 core pesticide license recertification credit hours as well as the opportunity to bring in their pressure gauges for a free check-up!

Clackamas County growers will have the opportunity to register first for this workshop, until September 30, 2015. Following that date, registration will be open to all. Class size is limited to 30, so do not wait to register!

Workshop Details

  • Thursday November 12, 2015
  • 8:00 a.m. to Noon
  • North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC)
  • 15210 NE Miley Rd. Aurora Oregon 97002
  • FREE Workshop

To register e-mail Peter Sturman at Oregon State University NWREC.


Down the River Clean-Up

Down the River Clean upDo you happen to love the Clackamas River as much as we do?

We Love Clean Rivers, in partnership with the Clackamas River Basin Council, invites you to join them as they host the 13th Annual Down the River Clean Up on Oregon’s Clackamas River on Sunday, September 13th, 2015! Once again they’ve put together a spectacular day of organized chaos where 400+ river-lovers jump in their rafts, kayaks, drift boats – or maybe even dawn a snorkel mask – uniting to scour the banks and bottom of 20+ miles of riverway from Milo McIver Park to Clackamette Park where the Clackamas empties into the Willamette.

Community members are encouraged to come float and fill the boat! Keeping the Clackamas clean will help preserve and protect the health of this beautiful and bountiful river that provides fresh drinking water to hundreds of thousands of Oregonians and is home to old-growth forests, endangered species , and one of the last remaining wild salmon runs in the Lower Columbia Basin.

Everyone is encourage to join the event. All non-motorized paddle crafts may participate and launch at one of four parks. On-water and on-land volunteer opportunities are available. SCUBA divers are also welcome. All volunteers must pre-register.

For their hard work, all volunteers are invited to a free BBQ at Barton Park from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., featuring local 3 Guys Grilling of Damascus and raffle prizes!

Event sponsors include Clackamas River Water Providers, eNRG Kayaking, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Metro, Clackamas County, American Medical Response, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Clackamas River Outfiltters, Department of Environmental Quality, SOLVE, and Safeway.



IPM and Pesticide Risk Management

If you own a nursery in the Clackamas River watershed or anywhere near a stream, then you may be interested in attending this upcoming workshop, Combining Effective IPM and Pesticide Risk Management in Nurseries. Workshop will be held February 3, 2015 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Boring -Damascus Grange, located at 27861 SE Grange St., Boring OR.

What is it all about?

This workshop is free and offers 3 pesticide license recertification credit hours (1 core credit and 2 regular credits).

Come to learn about preventing commonly-found pesticides from reaching Clackamas Basin surface waters. Discussion will include:

  • IPM alternatives to the pesticides that are commonly used
  • effective application management for pesticides that currently have no alternatives

Also addressed will be the possibility of having to replace neonicotinoid uses in some nursery markets. This discussion will include the IPM challenges associated with returning to older chemistries that the neonicotinoids originally replaced.

Who are the speakers?

Kevin Masterson – Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Toxics Coordinator

Update on Clackamas River water quality

Robin Rosetta – OSU North Willamette Research and Education Center , Regional Extension Educator

IPM that addresses frequently detected pesticides and neonicotinoid replacement

Paul Jepson – Integrated Plant Protection Center, Director

Simple guidelines for minimizing pesticide risks

What to do next?

We recommend an RSVP, so we have enough seats and snacks! Call 503-210-6000 or e-mail

Cathy McQueeney

Come early for a cup of coffee and a chance to network/visit with other nursery folks!

Who is sponsoring this event?

Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences

Integrated Plant Protection Center

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Oregon Environmental Council

Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District

Clackamas River Water Providers

Clackamas River Basin Council

Float and Fill the Boat!

Down the River Cleanup Photo by Chris Ortolano

Down the River Clean Up team photo by Chris Ortolano

This exciting news has been shared with us by our friends at Clackamas River Watershed Council!

We Love Clean Rivers and the Clackamas River Basin Council proudly present:

12th Annual Down the River Clean Up on the Clackamas
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Barton Park

All participants must pre-register online
Registration closes on Sept 5, 2014 at 8 am.

This is an on-river, volunteer clean up. All non-motorized watercrafts are invited!

This event annually attracts over 400 people, and typically removes 3-4 tons of trash from the Clackamas River, that also provides more than 400,000 residents with fresh drinking water! We Love Clean Rivers and CBRC hopes you’ll join them in making this 12th Anniversary a splashing success!

Afterward a fun productive day on the river, all are invited back to Barton County Park from 3-6 pm for a family friendly celebration with a free BBQ, live music by Goldfoot, Base Camp Brewing Company libations, booths, games, prizes and a great silent auction.

Questions? Details may be found on the website or email the coordinator.