Back Issues: August 30, 2017

Project improves high priority salmon and steelhead habitat along East Fork Lewis River

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership (Estuary Partnership) and multiple local partners are improving habitats important for salmon and steelhead within two side channels along the East Fork Lewis River.  Off-channel and floodplain habitats are critical for juvenile salmon and used to be abundant along the East Fork Lewis, but now these habitats are rare. Construction begins in early September and will be done by the end of the month.

The Estuary Partnership crew will excavate the side channels to reconnect them to the East Fork Lewis, allowing salmon to access critical off-channel habitat. The project also will add more than 175 pieces of large wood to the mainstem and side channels to create pools for salmon rearing. In addition, crew members will remove invasive plants, and over the next few years, will replant 12 acres of native riparian trees and shrubs to shade and cool the water to temperatures favorable for fish and wildlife.

The project is part of a large-scale, multi-phase project to restore critical habitat for juvenile salmonids on the East Fork Lewis River between La Center and Daybreak, WA. Other phases included the La Center Floodplain Wetlands Restoration Project, which restored 453 acres of floodplain habitat in 2015, and another site upstream, proposed for design in 2018. The areas being restored have been impacted by deforestation, cattle grazing, gravel mining, and agriculture. 

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Oxfest and Hands Across the Bridge Sept. 4

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Photo bySteven Lane, courtesy of The Columbian.

Oxfest and Hands Across the Bridge will be held Monday, Sept. 4. Oxfest is an annual one-day music festival that celebrates recovery from alcohol and drugs. The free event is for everyone in recovery, their families and supporters. It features several bands, food vendors, family activities, a raffle and a multitude of games.

The day starts with Hands Across the Bridge at 10 a.m. The event joins other organizations across the nation each September to increase awareness and celebrate successes of those in recovery. After a few presentations, over 3,000 participants will hold hands across the I-5 Bridge.

Hands Across the Bridge is from 10 a.m. to noon, and Oxfest follows from noon until dusk, in Esther Short Park. For more information, visit www.handsacrossthebridge.com or www.oxfest.net.

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CRESA launches annual preparedness challenge Sept. 1

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

September is National Preparedness Month, which means that public safety agencies are busy working on a number of events to ensure that their communities are educated, informed and ready to face any type of crisis situation. This year’s national theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead … You Can!”

CRESA will help the community take action with the launch of its eighth annual online social media game, 30 Days, 30 Ways Preparedness Challenge on Friday, Sept. 1.

Players are given a daily challenge at 7 a.m. PDT each morning. Players may submit replies to each of the tasks involved throughout the month to either Facebook, Twitter, or by email. Players can choose to play as many days as they would like throughout the month. 

All tasks will be short and will not require a significant amount of time to complete. This year’s challenge will also provide opportunities for players to “Level Up” and recruit “Allies” to take the challenge with them.

Submissions will be reviewed for their creativity, relativity to the task, and its evident popularity online. Thanks to generous sponsors, winners will be selected and rewarded with gift cards to Amazon in October.

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Whoops! The Daily Insider now welcomes Leland Dawson Helgeson with the correct name

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dr. Earl (Duke) Simpson and Dr. Lynne Dawson are the proud grandparents of sweet Leland Dawson Helgeson. Leland was born Aug. 20, at 4:29 p.m. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 1.6 ounces and measured 20 inches long. This story was originally published with an incorrect name, apologies to the grandparents. 

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