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Public comments sought for Lower Columbia Watershed Restoration

Public meeting June 7


Tom Makowski, NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Watershed Resources and Planning
Phone: 503-621-7626. Email:

Selene Keeney, Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District
Phone: 503-433-3205 x104

ST HELENS, Ore., May 21, 2018 The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is teaming up with the Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to develop a watershed plan that would improve water quality and enhance fish and wildlife habitat within a portion of the Columbia-Clatskanie River sub-basin.

The proposed project would improve and restore the physical, chemical, and biological processes of aquatic, riparian, and wetland habitats through voluntary, localized enhancement and restoration activities.

Proposed activities include addressing barriers to fish passage; improving aquatic and riparian habitats; and performing streambank stabilization using large wood and native vegetation. These activities would reduce the flow of excessive sediments and pesticides into surface waters to improve water quality; stabilize the soils to provide riparian areas; and help create habitat pools by including large wood in the stream bank design to benefit fish habitat.

The work being considered is located in the north-central portion of Columbia County within the Beaver Creek-Columbia River Watershed, the Clatskanie River Watershed, and the eastern Plympton Creek-Columbia Frontal Watershed.

As part of that planning effort, project partners are hosting a public scoping meeting to discuss the natural resource issues impacting the watershed, present conceptual alternatives, and to collect input from the public. The meeting will take place on June 7 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Rainier School District Office, located at 28168 Old Rainier Road in Rainier, Oregon.

Comments may be submitted at the meeting or any time during the public scoping period starting May 21 and ending on June 22.  Additional information is available at  or the NRCS link for Public Notices:  

Public comments may be emailed to  

Comments submitted during this scoping period will be used in the development of a draft Watershed Plan-Environmental Assessment. The public will have another opportunity to review the draft plan and provide additional input before plans are finalized.

The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities. A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting to the Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District at 503-433-3205.




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