ELP Students Participate in Community River Event
Four current and past Environmental Leadership Program students discussed their projects with community members at the Freshwater Trust’s «Under One Sky, Along One Stream» event at the beginning of spring term. Rebecca Marcus, Lizzy Kay, Matt Briscoe and Eric Lench showed posters created by the 2009 Riparian Stewardship and X-Stream Teams. They explained their project’s goals and accomplishments, as well as how the ELP program works in the community. Over 20 local organizations participated in the community showcase.
The «Under One Sky, Along One Stream» event (see flyer for more information) focused on the health of the Willamette River, and was held the EWEB Building on March 31st. The Freshwater Trust President, Joe Whitworth, moderated a panel discussion focusing on «The Health of the Willamette River: Challenges and Opportunities.» Michael Karnosh, Natural Resources Division of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, spoke about the health of local fish in the Willamette River. Aaron Borisenko, Watershed Assessment Manager with the Department of Environmental Quality, focused on current Willamette Basin Rivers and Streams Assessment while Dr. Stan Gregory, Stream Ecologist, OSU Department of Fish and Wildlife, concentrated on the Willamette Basin and Future Projections. Nez Perce Longhouse Elder Roy Hayes, Jr., (great great grandson of Chief Joseph) conducted the opening ceremony along the Willamette River, featuring a display of the Salmon Banner Community Art Project.