White Salmon River Education and Outreach

Public Outreach, Education, and Landowner Recruitment

Outreach / Education
Project ID2009-4-05
Recovery DomainsWillamette and Interior Columbia
Start Date05/01/2010
End Date12/31/2013
Year2009
StatusCompleted
Last Edited08/27/2020
 
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Description    


Through the course of this grant, the White Salmon River (WSR) Experiential Learning Project team provided a rich variety and saturation of education to local schools and the community communicating Condit Dam’s history, its decommissioning, and the restoration of the White Salmon River.
Watershed educators for this grant provided over 50 presentations and 42 field trips between spring 2011 and fall 2013 in both Oregon and Washington to 17 schools and institutions reaching over 2311 students, 85 teachers and adult (chaperones, volunteers, aides, etc.). Four 7th grade classes (92 students total) also received training on and conducted water quality testing in the WSR related to the dam removal (Oct. ’11 and April ’13).

Workshops & Events:
• Underwood Conservation District presented 5 public workshops on watershed and land use best management practices to local landowners with a total of 78 attendees (2011).
• Staff took part in Art & Wine Fusion Event in downtown White Salmon (one-day event 2011 included parade, kids’ art activity and WSR info booth; 2012 kids’ parade, “Welcome Home, Salmon!” banner and giant salmon “float”);
• Hood River County Fair (2011 & 2012 info booth staffed for two days);
• Trout Lake Arts Festival (info booth staffed 1 day), month-long display at White Salmon public library (through October 2011);
• Jane Goodall “Roots & Shoots” students’ presentation/poster in Salem, OR in October 2011;
• month-long “Welcome Home, Salmon” art show/ awareness-raiser featuring salmon art (Sept. 2012) at WS Library;
• White Salmon River Homecoming Celebration community event (rafting, speakers, info displays/booths, salmon bake, Sept. 29th, 2012) in Husum, WA;
• presentation to Portland State Univ. Ecosystem Services IGERT graduate cohort on cultural significance of White Salmon, meaning of the dam removal and YN restoration (once each year 2011-2013 at former reservoir and once at PSU);
• presentation to Cabin-Owners of Northwestern Lake Association (CONLA) about YN restoration project adjacent to Northwestern Park;
• presentation about the project at Klickitat & White Salmon Rivers Fisheries & Watershed Science Conference in The Dalles, OR (March 2013);
• formation in 2012 of SHARE the White Salmon River education & outreach campaign (comprised of local stakeholders) which rolled out an informational display and presentations and a panel discussion related to protecting/restoring the river at the White Salmon Riverfest & Symposium (July 2013);
• additional presentations on the White Salmon River restoration at “Sense of Place” series lecture & float (Sept. 2013), Univ. of Oregon Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation Energy Symposium (video link below--Oct. 2013), Native Plant Society of Oregon--Col. Gorge chapter (Nov. 2013);
• WWRI restoration site volunteer work days (Oct. & Nov. 2013).

Project Benefit    


The White Salmon River is home to ESA-listed (“threatened”) Middle Columbia River steelhead, Lower Columbia Chinook, coho and Columbia River chum salmon. A collaborative team of fisheries and natural resource professionals with a background in education (USFWS Columbia Gorge Information & Education office staff, Yakama Nation Fisheries education & outreach, Mid-Columbia Fisheries Enhancement Group, Underwood Conservation District and others) teamed up to reach out to the local schools and greater community to help engage people in their local watershed and encourage them to support future restoration and preservation actions that will benefit the listed species resident in the White Salmon, and hopefully will motivate them to be good stewards of the fisheries (and other natural) resources. A better understanding of ecosystem processes that affect salmon and other species may inform and effect human behaviors that can impact the watershed and its fish populations.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$31,551
Report Total:$31,551


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White Salmon River    


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Location Information

  • Basin: Middle Columbia
  • Subbasin: Middle Columbia-Hood
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Washington
  • Recovery Domain: Willamette and Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 45.7749
  • Longitude: -121.52924

ESU

  • Lower Columbia River Coho Salmon ESU
  • Columbia River Chum Salmon ESU
  • Middle Columbia River Steelhead DPS
  • Lower Columbia River Chinook Salmon ESU

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Metrics

Metrics
  • F.0 Public Outreach, Education, and Landowner RecruitmentY (Y/N)
    •      . . F.0.a Outreach, Education and Recruitment funding 31,551.00
    •      . . F.0.b.1 Amount of habitat protected -- acres .0
    •      . . F.0.b.2 Number of watersheds protected 1
    •      . . F.0.b.3 Miles of stream protected .00
    •      . . F.0.c Habitat treatments leveraged (LOV)
    •      . . F.0.d Value of treatments leveraged .00
    •      . . F.0.e Restoration projects proposed 0
    •      . . F.1 Outreach / Education ProjectY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . F.1.a Outreach/ Education funding 31,551.00
      •      . . . . F.1.b Number of volunteers solicited 70
      •      . . . . F.1.c Donations for habitat .00
      •      . . . . F.1.d Outreach documents/reports preparedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . F.1.d.1 Documents/Reports 9
        •      . . . . . . F.1.d.2
          Name Of Document
          Native Fishes of the White Salmon River (handout), PacifiCorp Dam Decommissioning (one-pager), White Salmon River Trivia Quiz (to win Pacific Salmon poster), one-pager re: YN restoration on the WSR (WWRI grant), WWRI planting plan for volunteers
      •      . . . . F.1.e Exhibits/posters preparedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . F.1.e.1 Number of Exhibits 7
      •      . . . . F.1.f Media material preparedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . F.1.f.1 Number of media materials prepared 10
        •      . . . . . . F.1.f.2
          Description Media Material And Where/When Used
          YN presentation at University of Oregon Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation (JELL) Symposium (begins at approx. 32 minutes): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1wVWkNIzO8&feature=youtu.be7 powerpoint presentations were developed: one for in-class presentations in grades 3-12 historic to pre-breach, one for grades 4-12 from historic through breach to present, the other for a community college class, once for a school for at-risk students. YN staff gave a presentation on the WS ELP grant at the Klickitat and White Salmon Rivers Fisheries & Watershed Science Conference in Mar. 2013, and a presentation at a University of Oregon Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation Symposium on the YN’s involvement with Condit Dam removal and restoration (Oct. ’13), as well as a powerpoint presentation to the Native Plant Society of Oregon (Columba Gorge Chapter) meeting regarding the restoration project at the former NW reservoir (WWRI grant-funded). Several speakers also presented at the White Salmon Riverfest & Symposium in July 2013 on topics related to the health of the river and protection of fish resources (symposium was organized by YN staff), and there was a display on these topics.
      •      . . . . F.1.g Interpretative signs preparedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . F.1.g.1 Number of Interpretative Signs 3
        •      . . . . . . F.1.g.2 Number of different locations that signs were displayed 3
        •      . . . . . . F.1.g.3
          Description where the signs were posted
          PacifiCorp’s interpretive panel is installed close to the permanent boater take-out at NW Park; restoration interpretive sign(s) to be posted at YN’s restoration site in 2014 through WWRI funding. This signage will include information about goals of the restoration, the cultural significance of some of the plant species, etc. A foot path through the site will take visitors past these signs.
      •      . . . . F.1.h Outreach events conductedY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . F.1.h.1 Number of Outreach/Education Events 21
      •      . . . . F.1.i Workshops/training eventsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . F.1.i.1 Number of workshops/training sessions 8
        •      . . . . . . F.1.i.2 Number of workshops/training participants 160
      •      . . . . F.1.j Presentation at educational institutionsY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . F.1.j.1 Number of educational institutions 17
        •      . . . . . . F.1.j.2 Number of students 1,500