The Underwood Conservation District is holding a clean-up at the mouth of the White Salmon on August 23rd. As stewards of the river, we hope to help spread the word! Your efforts will greatly help to eliminate the waste and remove the invasive species. Read more about UCD’s event and what they have to say about it here:
Come Volunteer at the White Salmon River Delta Saturday, August 23, 9am-12pm. This will take place at the mouth of the White Salmon River, south of Hwy 14 and the railroad tracks. See the event poster here.
This is a weed removal and trash pick-up work party. Bring your friends, family, and civic/volunteer groups! Help spread the word!
There is a new delta forming at the mouth of the White Salmon River, and invasive plants are taking hold! Come help remove invasive false indigobush (Amorpha fruticosa) and yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus) as a step toward establishing native vegetation and improving habitat for fish migrating through the Columbia River and into the White Salmon River. We will also be removing trash that is accumulating on the new delta!
Volunteers will use loppers and other hand tools to cut the false indigobushes and pile them on site, where they can potentially be burned later. County weed staff will follow up within a few days to treat the cut stumps with herbicide. A follow-up planting of native willows may occur later this fall. Volunteers may also pull indigobush seedlings and other invasives along the delta, as well as pick up garbage for removal.
Organizers will be on hand to provide information about the invasive weeds being pulled and the impact they have to habitat. This new river delta has beautiful views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood, so come and enjoy the day doing something meaningful.
Tools, gloves, trash bags, shade, water and snacks will be provided.
Please carpool if you can! Parking is limited and will be along Highway 14 on the south side of the highway, west of the bridge over the White Salmon River. Access to the delta will be under the railroad bridge on the west side the White Salmon River; follow the signs and directions of the flagger.
This event is part of a network of events happening throughout the Columbia River basin, called “Love Your Columbia.” On Saturday, August 23, 2014, citizens have the opportunity to pick up litter, pull invasive weeds or perform other restoration activities at locations along the Columbia River in their community. The event brings together individuals, communities, and organizations along the river and throughout the watershed for a day to work towards restoring the resource that we all depend on. The purpose is to highlight the issues surrounding the river by increasing public awareness, work to restore its health, and encourage improved stewardship along the entire river.
“Rivers in virtually every country face an array of threats, and only through our active involvement can we ensure their health in the years ahead” (World Rivers Day). This is a fantastic way to connect to all of the communities and people along the Columbia River. Come and be part of the celebration!
If you are interested in volunteering to assist with the White Salmon River Delta event, please contact Underwood Conservation District at 509-493-1936, or visit: http://columbiariverkeeper.org/events/love-your-columbia-2014/.
Partners organizing this event include: Yakama Nation Fisheries, Skamania and Klickitat County Noxious Weed Depts., Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, Columbia Riverkeeper, and Underwood Conservation District.