Each year at the beginning of October the Clackamas River Water Providers host a tour of the Clackamas Watershed for elected officials from CRWP member agencies, interested citizens, and the citizens in CPO’s and Neighborhood Associations in the CRWP service area. The purpose of this tour is to connect our citizens and policy makers with direct experience in watershed (our source of drinking water), and to introduce them to some of the CRWP partners and stakeholders.
The purpose of this year’s watershed tour (2018) was to provide our citizens with a different perspective of the Clackamas River by floating down the river from Carver Park to Clackamette Park. Over 40 people in eight rafts joined us on a somewhat chilly day for the float. Along the way we saw stormwater outfalls, two of WES’ restoration projects (Rock Creek and Carli Creek), lower river tributaries that flow into the Clackamas, a railroad crossing, and at all four of our lower river drinking water intake structures. It was an amazing day on the river and was a great way to see where our drinking water comes from.
To find out more about how the CRWP is working to protect its source water and works with stakeholders please see the CRWP Annual Report FY 2017-18 and the CRWP Drinking Water Protection Plan which outline long term source water protection strategies. Contact us if you would like to be added to the Watershed Tour invitation list.