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Watershed Works Newsletter Now Available!

Hot off the press, the 2015 Fall/Winter Watershed Works Partner Newsletter is now available. This is a collaborative effort between area Watershed Councils and Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Find out what your councils and districts have been up to for the last few months.

Do not miss the Fall/Winter Events Calendar. Activities from December thru March are listed with links for additional information!

Who are the partners in this edition?

fall- winter front coverClackamas River Basin Council

Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District

Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Greater Oregon City Watershed Council

Molalla River Watch

North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council

Oswego Lake Watershed Council

Pudding River Watershed Council

Sandy River Basin Watershed Council

Tryon Creek Watershed Council

Tualatin River Watershed Council

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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.

It’s Time to Think about Native Plants!

photographer Jason Faucera

Pollinator visiting camas photographer Jason Faucera

Wintertime may seem gloomy, but the promise of a new growing season is just around the corner and now is the perfect time to set your plans into motion. Consider beautifying your yard, pollinator garden, or hedgerow with native plants! Several of our local area soil and water conservation districts offer native tree, shrub, and plant for sale each year. Native plants are an excellent addition to your landscape for many reasons:

  • Native plants create habitat to support native wildlife including pollinators and beneficial insects
  • Native plants require little to no water after they are established besides good, old Oregon rain (environmentally friendly AND less work for the homeowner!)
  • Native plants grow happily and heartily in their native soil, reducing the need for pesticides and fertilizers

A wide variety of local, native plant species ideal for the Willamette Valley are readily available for a great price from the following soil and water conservation districts. Additionally, you can read up on Native Plants for Willamette Valley Yards and Tips for Naturescaping at the links below.

Yamhill SWCD – Order are being accepted now online – the deadline for orders is January 30, 2015. Pick up dates are February 5-7, 2015 at 2200 SW 2nd St. McMinnville, OR.

East Multnomah SWCD – Online pre-orders begin Wednesday, January 21, 2015 and the order deadline in February 4, 2015. Pick up date is Saturday, February 21, 2014 at 5211 N. Williams Avenue, Portland, OR.

Marion SWCD – Come and pick out your plants Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, 2015, at Bauman Farms, located at 12989 Howell Prairie Road, Gervais, OR. No pre-orders are available for this sale.

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Photograph of butterfly and yarrow courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Windsocks Help Reduce Pesticide Drift

Since 2000, monitoring conducted by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has detected pesticides in Clackamas River tributaries at concentrations that exceed benchmarks set to protect fish and invertebrates.

Pesticides of Concern

The active ingredient and product names for the pesticides that were found to exceed benchmarks are listed below.

  • simazine: Princep
  • chlorpyrifos: Yuma and Lorsban Advanced
  • bifenthrin: Capture 2EC, Brigade 2EC, Brigade WSB, Wisdom
  • diuron: Karmex, Direx
  • oxyfluorfen: Goal2XL, Goal Tender
  • chlorothalonil: Bravo Weather Stik, Chloronil 720
  • dichlobenil: Casoron

Help for Agricultural Producers

Windsocks available to Clackamas producers

Windsocks available to Clackamas producers

To help agricultural producers apply pesticides without losing chemicals to drift from wind, Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District is offering calibrated windsocks.

Windsocks are attached directly to the tractor for real time information to make quick, more accurate decisions on spraying practices for reducing drift. They are calibrated to indicate wind speed from 2 to 12 miles per hour.

How to Receive a Windsock

If you are a producer in Clackamas County and are interested in receiving a windsock for your sprayer, contact the District at 503-210-6002. We are happy to provide these windsocks. Producers may be asked to participate in an anonymous survey after they have used the windsocks for a number of application events. The District is partnering with the Integrated Plant Protection Center to conduct a study that will help us evaluate whether using the windsock is helping growers make better, more accurate decisions while in the field spraying.

Additional Funding

Additional funding for pesticide reduction projects provided by Clackamas River Water Providers. Thanks to our great partner!

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Restoration in Milk Creek Continues…Fish are Thrilled

In 2012 the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District implemented a stream restoration project on Milk Creek, a tributary and major stream in the Lower Molalla River watershed. The purpose of the project was to enhance in-stream habitat for juvenile salmonids and resident fish by improving habitat complexity, creating resting places for fish during high flows, and enhancing the riparian vegetation along the creek. Milk Creek is home for several Molalla Basin fish species: Chinook and coho salmon, winter steelhead, cutthroat trout, and Pacific lamprey.

The main purposes of the District’s Milk Creek project:

  • Improve habitat for local salmon, steelhead and trout
  • Slow the velocity of the water during high flows
  • Reduce bank erosion in the project area

What are we trying to achieve in this project?

Milk Creek was eroding the banks at our project site, and fish habitat was impaired. Historically, splash dams were used on Milk Creek to transport logs downstream. This practice probably scoured the creek to bedrock many years ago, flushing gravel and woody material out of the system.

Milk Creek: Eroding streambank

Milk Creek: Eroding streambank

So, one of the goals of the project on Milk Creek was to move the water velocity away from the eroding bank and add a substantial amount of dead and growing wood to the system. This will reduce bank erosion and restore vital habitat for salmonids.

Why is large woody debris so important?

A limiting factor for salmon and steelhead habitat in Milk Creek is a lack of large wood in the stream — the result of past forestry practices that harvested large trees, and from the removal of riparian trees to make way for agriculture and residential development.

Loss of large wood has caused reductions in stream complexity, which means the ability of the stream to gather and hold gravel suitable for spawning is impaired. It also means fewer deep pools that cool the water and provide resting places for fish.

Another result of the lack of large wood in the system increased stream flow velocity, and faster water scours the channel bottom and erodes the bank. In fact, portions of Milk Creek are scoured down to bedrock. Cobble sits in the floodplain, but is lacking in areas of the stream where it is needed by salmon.

What is up with the logs sticking out of the stream bank?

Milk Creek looking upstream - 12/5/2012

Milk Creek looking upstream – 12/5/2012

Compared to the rock rip rap that was placed along the bank some years ago, the log matrix is better able to deflect water to the middle of the stream, protect the bank, reduce water velocity, and collect and deposit gravel and woody debris. A log matrix, in this case, is the anchoring of logs in the stream bank at various angles.

Restoring the native vegetation completes the process.

To restore native vegetation to the site required that we first controlled invasive weeds like Himalayan blackberry and Japanese knotweed. This is a time consuming, but very important step to give the native vegetation a chance to grow without competition from the invasive weeds.

After invasive control a riparian buffer was planted on seven acres along both sides of the stream, adjacent to the log structures. Establishing a healthy riparian buffer will, over time, help to reduce stream temperature, provide homes and a food source for native wildlife, and be a long-term source of large wood for Milk Creek.

Thank you to all of our partners!

Pete and Carrol Haushalter – landowners
Joe and Jen Herrera – landowners
Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board
Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District
Oregon Department of Transportation
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – National Marine Fisheries Service
Molalla River Watch