The Lifeline of Anadromous Fish: Understanding the Vital Role of Side Channel Habitat in the Clackamas River

The Clackamas River, winding its way through the scenic landscapes of Oregon, is not just flowing water; it’s the lifeline for anadromous fish species like salmon and steelhead. These remarkable creatures embark on incredible journeys, traversing thousands of miles from the ocean to their freshwater spawning grounds. However, their survival hinges not just on the

Let’s Get Bonatical Together!

Let’s Get Bonatical Together! It’s Pride Month and we hope you’ll be part of our iNaturalist group called Let’s Get Botanical Together! Please join and share your botanical observations. Why celebrate Pride Month in nature? Nature is a sanctuary, but not all experiences in the outdoors are not created equally; assurances of safety and lack

We’ll build it; they will come

By Bill Monroe The jury may still be out, but the evidence is mounting. Partnerships on the Clackamas River are resulting in significant successes for wild fish, defying perceptions of fish-killing dams. The secret is in partnerships. Witness this excerpted 2023 report from PGE’s Clackamas Project at North Fork Dam, from senior scientist Nick Ackerman:

Chum Salmon Surveying using eDNA

Chum Salmon Surveying using eDNA Kelcee L. Smith, Ph.D.Chum Salmon Reintroduction CoordinatorOregon Department of Fish and Wildlife At one time, Chum Salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) were one of the most encountered salmonids in theLower Columbia River, but today, they are one of the rarest. To find these fish and restore their populations, the Program to Restore

Fishing on the Clackamas

By Brian Chou I may be a little biased in saying this, but I’d like to think that we as residents of the Pacific Northwest, live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Every day I am humbled to see the natural landscape, topography, and depth as I look towards the horizon.

Clackamas Water Environment Services (WES) Inflow and Infiltration Reduction Program

Clackamas Water Environment Services (WES) Inflow and Infiltration Reduction Program By Jessica Rinner, Civil Engineering Supervisor, Clackamas Water Environment Services. Additional water in the wastewater system may seem like a minor concern, but this extra or clean water can cause big problems for homeowners, cities, service districts and the environment. Sanitary sewers are sized appropriately

Stream Temperatures Across the Clackamas River Basin

Thank you to CRBC Board Member Dave Bugni for contributing this post. The importance of temperature in defining aquatic environments is arguably second only to the presence of water. Beginning in the summer of 2021, the Clackamas River Basin Council (CRBC) in concert with Portland State University (PSU) and other organizations began to systematically deploy

Carli Creek Regional Stormwater Wetland

Carli Creek Regional Stormwater Wetland Thank you to CRBC Board Member Gail Shaloum for contributing this post. Gail Shaloum is the Natural Resource Scientist for Clackamas Water Environment Services. The Carli Creek regional stormwater wetland is located on a 15- acre patch of land in unincorporated Clackamas County wedged between industrial properties and the Clackamas

Stash the Trash is Back!

Stash the Trash is Back! Clackamas, OR – After a busy Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Clackamas River basin Council reminds river users to please Stash the Trash when recreating along the Clackamas River. Every summer, the Clackamas River Basin Council brings out their free reusable bags and stocks them on bags stands at popular Clackamas