partners gathered at the John Inskeep Environmental Learning Center (ELC) last
week to pledge continued support to protect the health and sustainability of Oregon
City’s Newell Creek Watershed. Representatives from Clackamas Community
College, the community and a variety of public agencies signed the Partners for
Watershed Health Community Covenant.
pledged to share information and resources and foster activities that support
the health of the watershed, agreeing to work toward a more integrated approach
in addressing issues of mutual concern.
“We’re seeing a
paradigm shift in how the community solves problems,” said Alison Heimowitz,
the education coordinator of the ELC. “We’re working together to address
critical issues in an integrated approach.”
CCC received a
$10,000 Metro “Nature in Neighborhoods” grant last year that was used to
develop a new conceptual site plan for the ELC that will benefit the community
and the Newell Creek Watershed for years to come. One objective of the project
was the formation of a consortium to work together for the health of the
The John Inskeep
Environmental Learning Center is a five-acre site on the CCC campus at the
headwaters of Newell Creek, which flows to the Willamette River through the
1800-acre Newell Creek Watershed, the largest intact green space in the Metro
area. The grant was used to create a plan to redevelop the site into natural, flood-water
mitigation and treatment system.
the Partners for Watershed Health are: CCC, Clackamas Water Environment
Services, city of Oregon City, Clackamas County Office of Sustainability,
Clackamas River Water Providers, Oregon State University Extension of Clackamas
County, Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District, Greater Oregon
City Watershed Council and Metro.
on the Partners for Watershed Health Community Covenant, please contact Alison
Heimowitz at 503-594-3696 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.