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In this Issue
May 2021

  • A letter from our Executive Director
  • Summer Volunteer Opportunities 
  • Film Series 2021
  • In the Community
The Watershed Alliance and You

Thanks to everyone who responded to a longer version of the letter below which we initially emailed in early May as a stand-alone message!  Your support for our work is really gratifying!

If you are like me, spring is a great time to step outside and experience more of what makes Clark County such a great place to live. 

This spring is particularly meaningful to me, like I imagine is true for many of you, given the way in which the COVID pandemic kept us from experiencing local natural areas with friends.

As our mood lightens along with our opportunities to spend time with friends, I can’t help but reflect on how proud I am of our team here at the Watershed Alliance of SW Washington and our work over the last year. 

We figured out how to adapt our stewardship plantings and cleanups to COVID protocols and a dedicated team of volunteers have pitched in by showing up nearly every month. 

We moved our Film Series to virtual and more than 160 of you have participated in them so far.

We continue to sign people up fast and furious for the Backyard Habitat Certification program.

People-power is our secret sauce: individuals who show up and demonstrate stewardship in their own backyards or at our public events, as well as people whose donations fuel our work. Donations are particularly necessary right now to ensure we can seize the opportunity to work with and educate more people as the pandemic wanes and people become eager to participate.   

In that spirit, we are making a special effort this spring to let our supporters know how much their financial contributions are necessary to propel our work forward. 
We have set a goal of raising $15,000 from individuals by June 30th so that we can operate at full throttle during the second half of the year. 

Whether you can give $5, $50, or $500 -- all donations make a difference.

Thanks so much!

Sunrise O’Mahoney, Executive Director

Summer Volunteer Opportunities
Join Watershed Alliance this summer for beach litter clean-ups to help keep our waterways free from pollution!

All ages and abilities welcome. Masks are required. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided to you on-site. Litter clean-up tools and gloves will be provided. Prior registration is required and space is limited.

[WAITLIST] Saturday June 12, 9:00am - 11:30am at Frenchman's Bar Park

Saturday July 17, 9:00am - 11:30am at Frenchman's Bar Park

Saturday August 21, 9:00am - 11:30am at Wintler Community Park 

Saturday September 19, 9:00am - 11:30am Wintler Community Park 
Film Series 2021

May’s Film is "Mossville: When Great Trees Fall"

Mossville, Louisiana is a shadow of its former self – a community rich in natural resources and history, founded by formerly enslaved people and free people of color – where neighbors lived in harmony, insulated from the horrors of Jim Crow.

Today, Mossville no longer resembles the town it once was. Surrounded by 14 petrochemical plants, Mossville is the future site of an apartheid-born South African-based chemical company's newest plant – proposed as a $21.2 billion project and the largest in the western hemisphere. Community members have to decide whether to exist in a chemical war zone or abandon land that has been in their families for generations. Click here to watch the trailer.

Prior registration is required to watch the film. Space is limited!

Registration instructions:
1. Go to this link to register
2. Click on the button that says “Pre-order now for free”
3. Enter password: TWA21
4. A reminder email will be sent to you 24 hours before viewing begins

This film series was made possible by our partners at Clark County Green Neighbors
In the Community

Recycling Done Right (Virtual)
Hosted by Clark County Master Composter Recycler
Wednesday May 19, 6:00pm - 7:30pm

The webinar teaches why it is better to throw some things out when in doubt rather than what is known as “wishcycling". Attendees and community members are encourage to download the RecycleRight app, which has a search feature to find out if and where materials can be recycled. Click here to register.

Manure Matters - Keeping Poop Out of the Water (Virtual)
Hosted by Clark County Master Composter Recycler

Wednesday May 19, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Join Clark Conservation District to learn about the monitoring Clark County does on bacteria in our waterways. Experts Brent Davis and Eric Lambert from Clark County will present on county regulations and cover what you can do to keep our local watersheds free of manure. Click here to register.

An Introduction to Pacific Northwest Ecology (Virtual)
Hosted by NatureScaping
Friday, May 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm

An Introduction to Pacific Northwest Ecology will leave you well-acquainted with several local species and their relationship to our collective surroundings. The course will highlight the geologic and ecologic events that have created our current landscapes and regional climates, showcasing many of the living and nonliving entities that comprise our home. Click here to learn more and register.

The Value of Trees (Virtual)
Hosted by Environmental Learning Center at Clackamas Community College
Thursday, May 27, 12:00pm - 12:45pm

Trees offer many benefits to wildlife – including some that may surprise you! In this session, you’ll learn about how trees support a healthy ecosystem, and get some tips on how to ensure that trees in your landscape remain healthy for long-term enjoyment by both you and your wildlife friends. Click here to register.

Pollinators & Beneficial Insects (Virtual)
Hosted by Environmental Learning Center at Clackamas Community College
Thursday, June 3, 12:00pm - 12:45pm

Attracting beneficial insects to your garden can be a game changer – reducing insect pest populations, providing food for wildlife, and pollinating your food crops. Click here to register.

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