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This message is being shared with you at the request of our partner, the North Coast Watershed Association (NCWA).

YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED!!!

Watershed council members and partners, officers, neighbors, students, teachers and interested others encouraged to attend the WETLANDIA LAUNCH (aka Water Quality Monitoring Project).

The North Coast Watershed Association will hold an open house on Thursday, June 6th at the Judge Guy Boyington building, 857 Commercial Street in Astoria, from 6-8 pm to launch a new volunteer-driven water quality monitoring program, with an end result to supply data to important databases. 

NCWA partners and council members will discuss the state of water quality on the North Coast and lower Columbia and what our rivers and streams are telling us. NCWA wants to gather information from the folks in the community on various aspects of water quality in the region. Do you monitor water? Have you in the past? Do you want to volunteer or have information to share with us? Please come to give your input as to what you have seen in your watershed and what streams and creeks you want to know more about. Meet NCWA coordinator, Jesse Jones, watershed council and board members and learn how you can join a council and become a volunteer in the program.  Also, meet some of the stellar volunteers who have come forward to help – we are very happy to have an incredibly skilled cast of characters on board! 

Wetlandia is a collaborative project between NCWA, Clatsop Community College, Necanicum Watershed Council, DEQ, local restoration partners and numerous volunteers to create a current, organized, and consistent water quality testing program in the Lower Columbia and North Coast. This project will directly benefit water quality improvement efforts by providing a sound scientific basis for watershed councils to guide stewardship and restoration of watersheds. Last fall, NCWA and Clatsop Community College teamed up to bring this community a Water Quality Chemistry Class.  The class will be offered again in the fall, as will monthly volunteer training sessions for field sampling.  This summer the NCWA, along with our current team, is looking create new water quality monitoring plans with help from the public for each watershed council of the north coast.  Once these plans are complete, the testing will begin.

Kelsey Green has been brought on as the coordinator for outreach and volunteer recruitment for this important program.  Her email is northcoastwaterquality@gmail.com.  Please contact her with any questions about the open house, becoming a volunteer or if you have information to provide or would like to share at the June 6th event.

See you next week at the Boyington building!

Did I mention SNACKS?  Yep, they’ll be there.