Do your part and take the pledge!

Whether you use a hose or have an underground watering system to water your yard and garden, we are asking our water customers to help us keep water in the Clackamas River by reducing or shutting-off outdoor watering for the fall fish runs!

The Clackamas River Water Providers (CRWP), a coalition of municipal drinking water providers that get their drinking water from the Clackamas River, is asking their water customers to help keep water in the Clackamas River by reducing or shutting-off outdoor watering for the fall fish runs.

In addition to providing drinking water to over 300,000 people the river is home to migrating salmon and steelhead virtually year-round. Most of the year there is plenty of water in the river, however summer is also the time of year when the Clackamas River is flowing at its lowest levels and we get the least amount of rain fall.

This is especially important starting in late August as Fall Chinook and Coho Salmon begin returning to the Clackamas River on the way to their spawning grounds.  As our summers are getting longer and hotter, making sure there is enough water in the river for the fall fish runs is getting more challenging.

So, if you get your drinking water from the Clackamas River, whether you use a hose or have an underground watering system to water your yard and garden, and care about protecting our river water for people, and wildlife here’s your chance to be part of our “Fish On the Run, Irrigation Done” campaign to help migrating fish.

Beginning mid-August go to www.clackamasproviders.org to find out what kind of changes you can make to your outdoor watering to ensure that you are using our drinking water in the most efficient ways possible. Take the pledge and receive a free yard sign (below) letting neighbors know what you are doing to keep water in the Clackamas River for fish. The more water we can conserve the easier this journey will be for these threatened and endangered salmon species.

For more information contact Christine Hollenbeck at (503)723-3511 or via email at christine@clackamasproviders.org