Whether you use a hose or have an underground watering system to water your yard and garden, we are asking our water customers to help us keep water in the Clackamas River by reducing or shutting-off outdoor watering for the fall fish runs!
Our communities use a lot of water during the summer months. Water use double and even triples, this is due mainly to outdoor watering. Summer is also the time of year when the Clackamas River is at its lowest levels and we get the least amount of rain to replenish river flows.
In addition to providing drinking water to over 300,000 people, the river is home to migrating salmon and steelhead virtually year-round. Most of the year there is plenty of water in the river, however as summers are getting longer and hotter, making sure there is enough water in the river for fall fish runs is getting more challenging. This is especially important in late August as Fall Chinook and Coho Salmon begin returning to the Clackamas River on the way to their spawning grounds. The chart below from PGE shows typical migration patterns and the months when runs peak.
We all know practicing water conservation year-round is the most important thing we can do to be good stewards of our drinking water source. But, if you get your drinking water from the Clackamas River and care about protecting our river water for people, and fish here’s your chance to be part of our “Fish On the Run, Irrigation Done” campaign to help migrating fish.
Find out more about what
Portland General Electric is
doing for salmon species in the
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Check out the resources below to ﬁnd out what kind of changes you can make to your outdoor watering to ensure that you are using our drinking water in the most efﬁcient ways possible. The more water we can keep in the river the easier this journey will be for these threatened and endangered salmon species.
Do Your Part to Keep Water in the Clackamas River.