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In this Issue
June 2020

  • Black Lives Matter
  • Watershed Alliance Updates
  • Free Online Film Screenings
  • In the Community (Virtually)

Over the last few weeks it has been difficult to find the right words, but we will not be silent. Our team and board members are saddened by the wrongful deaths at the hands of police of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Salau, and far too many Black people before them. We are outraged by the continuous violence towards Black people driven by systemic racism across the nation. 


Systems of oppression continue to cause inequalities for Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Many of these inequalities include lack of affordable housing, health care, access to parks, nature community services, education, employment, and participation in civic life. 


We recognize that we cannot solve environmental challenges without addressing and solving our social justice challenges first. 


As an organization, we recently worked with the Intertwine Alliance’s Equity & Inclusion Cohorts. Through a year-long cohort, we learned historical contexts of systematic oppression, intersectionality, white fragility, the dynamics of power and privilege, and so much more. While this was a great first step, it is not enough. Our work does not end here.


Watershed Alliance is committed to empowering our staff, board members, partners, volunteers and community to:


Learn
Listen to the voices of Black, Indigenous, People of Color who have always been on the frontlines of social and environmental justice. Unlearn and relearn important history. Own our mistakes and learn from them. Educating ourselves is a great place to start, but the real change comes from within through self-reflection on our individual biases. If you are looking for resources, we encourage you to check out this Anti-Racism Toolkit.

 

Speak Up
Whenever we see or encounter racism, we will speak up. “If we as a community can work together to restore an urban creek, we also have the power to look inward to change our attitudes and work to dismantle systemic racism.” - Johnson Creek Watershed Council

 

Drive Support
We will continue to amplify the incredible voices of Black, Indigenous, People of Color-led organizations through our platforms. 

 

Stay Engaged
The fight against inequality, injustice, systemic racism, police brutality is nowhere near over and there is no quick fix. We recognize there is a lot more to learn and we are committed to these efforts for the long term. 


Until next month,
Sunrise, Bethany, Celina, and Tom
Watershed Alliance Updates

Summer 2020
As you may have heard, Clark County has been approved to move to Phase 2 in the State Reopening Plan. 

So what does this mean for the Watershed Alliance? While we are excited to hear that we are moving into Phase 2, all of our Outreach & Education and Stewardship events for the summer season remain cancelled.

We will continue to stay up to date with local and state decisions. In the meantime, we are brainstorming different ways you and your family can virtually engage with Watershed Alliance this summer. These activities will be posted on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Stay tuned!

Washougal River Homeowners Incentive Program

We are in the third year of this program that reimburses homeowners who live immediately adjacent to the lower Washougal River for removing invasive plants and planting native trees and shrubs on their property.  Increasing the amount of native plant cover along the river helps capture and neutralize runoff before it enters the river.  Thirty homeowners are part of the program and 24 have already completed work on their property.



Improving Water Quality Along the Lower Little Washougal River 

Lack of forest cover along the lower Little Washougal River contributes to high summer water temperatures that are above the level that is healthy for salmon in the river.  The goal of the project is to improve shade and reduce the temperature deficits in the lower river by restoring a healthy forest buffer 100-foot wide along 2,600 feet of shoreline and 1,000 feet of a tributary stream.

 

Ridgefield School Project

We are working with the Ridgefield Lions Club to restore an area adjacent to the Middle and Intermediate schools. We have removed blackberries and laid down cardboard over where there was Lesser Celandine (an invasive plant) and then put down a very heavy layer of mulch-around 1’-2’. 


We could not have done this without donations and partners! Tapani Construction donated hundreds of yards of mulch, the City of Ridgefield was able to help spread the mulch and Lion’s Club volunteers helped even out the mulch when dumped. This has been a great team and community effort.

The next phase will be in winter when we will plant. We are not sure what that will look like yet, but will follow the state COVID-19 guidelines. In the end the site will have a beautiful native plant area for the many different birds, critters, students and the community. This will function as an outdoor classroom for the students as well once they are back in the classroom.

Free Film Screenings

This month would be our last Food & Film Night, but thanks to Bullfrog Films we are able to continue offering you free film screenings from the comfort of your own home. We have two films scheduled for June and three films scheduled for July (announced in next month's newsletter).

June Films
06/17/20   DAMNATION
06/23/20   OVERLOAD

 

How to screen:
The films will be available for 24 hours on the day they show (8:00am - 8:00am the following day). Click here below to access the film on its screening day and use password: VW@F11

In the Community (Virtually)
Creating a Wildlife Habitat Garden
Thursday, June 18, 2020 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: YouTube
Hosted by: Naturalists Don Boucher, Lisa Millbank and Bill Proebsting

Join the virtual tours of their bird-friendly gardens so you can learn how to provide for birds in different types of yards (more urban vs more rural). Get excited about the birds you can attract with the right landscape elements!

The "tours" will be launched as "YouTube Premieres," allowing the tour hosts and the tour participants to watch together and interact through comments! Here is their youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTHTc4B7LRzXRs0aZDQHAlQ

Repair Clark County Tool Sharpening: Vancouver
Saturday, June 20, 2020 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: 
Pearson Field Education Center
Hosted by: Repair Clark County program
Repair Clark County is back (in limited ways)! They are starting with a drive-through mini event-sharpening only. 

Please be advised: to cut down on interactions between clients and volunteers, they will be asking clients to agree to the standard liability and media release digitally, as part of the registration process. they will also be requiring clients to agree to our safety precautions for the event.

Please click here to register for an arrival time/appointment. You will be sent a confirmation email.
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