Dear Friend of the Watershed Alliance,

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.  I spend as much time as I can exploring our creeks and natural areas.

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 Southwest 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 have continued to sign people up fast and furious for the Backyard Habitat Certification program.

Work like this would not be possible without the generosity of people from across Clark County who give their time and their donations in support of our work.  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.  

Please consider a donation of $35, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford to help us do even more to protect and restore Clark County’s waterways. 

While it is great to celebrate the value of our natural areas, the scary reality is they are under constant threat. If we are not vigilant, even our cleanest waterways will become degraded.

Too many are already unsafe for people and pets due to high bacteria counts!  Many more miles of creeks and rivers are too hot for fish due to native streamside plants and trees having been stripped away.  

That is where we come in. 

Our primary focus is protecting Clark County's streams, rivers, and lakes, while cleaning up those already degraded. We work with government, business, and nonprofit partners.  

And that is where you come in.  We rely upon people power: individuals who show up and demonstrate stewardship at our events.  Individuals who generously donate make sure we have the funds to identify partners, plan for projects, and develop better tools to educate people online.  

Your donations help us maintain our long-term commitment to restoring Burnt Bridge Creek, even as we take on new projects, such as Gee Creek restoration (near Ridgefield), Manley Creek restoration (north of Battleground), or our recent incentive programs for the Washougal and Little Washougal Rivers.

We’ve 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.  Can I count on you to help propel us towards that goal with a spring donation?  

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

Thanks so much!

Sunrise O’Mahoney, Executive Director

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