Monday, March 30, 2015

CCA Corvallis Banquet, Mary's River Watershed Council Forum, Alsea, Siuslaw, Siletz and Willamette River Clean-Up Parties

Anybody want to go bobber hunting in Tidewater this coming weekend? Saturday, April 4th,
the Alsea Sportsman's Association in coordination with SOLV (Sustaining Oregon's Legacy by Volunteering) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will be conducting a River Clean-Up from the Rivers Edge boat landing down to tidewater. Trash bags, gloves, donuts and coffee will be available starting 8:30 am at Blackberry Campground and hotdogs will be available towards the end of the event around 4pm that afternoon.

You can join the event on Facebook here:

Volunteers are also wanted on April 4th to help with cleaning up the Siuslaw River from 9am to 2pm at Camp Lane County Park 15898 Highway 126 in Walton, a mile west of the rest area at mile post 23. Please check-in with the event leader before the event to confirm the final meeting location. There will be a BBQ and raffle after the event.
You can find out more about the Siuslaw River clean up here:

Logs in flood, 1943.
Courtesy of Benton County Historical Society.
The Mary's River Watershed Council is putting on a spring forum Wednesday, April 8th at the Corvallis Public Library large meeting room. A photo exhibit organized by the Benton County Historical Society opens for viewing at 6:30pm, and the program runs from 7-8:30pm. Speakers Phil Sollins of OSU Forest Engineering, Resources and Management and Willamette River historian Patricia Benner will be giving a presentation on "The Shaping of a Watershed: 120 Years of Settlement and Commerce on the Mary's River from 1850-1970." These special guests will weave a story about early Marys River industry and agriculture, Marys River as a port community, and how humans shaped the ecological course of our watershed. Juice and light refreshments will be served.
Everyone is welcome.

Call 541-758-7597 for more information or visit the Mary's River Watershed Council events page:
The Siletz Watershed Council invites river users and the public to help clean-up the Siletz River on Saturday April 11 from 9am-2pm.  The meeting and ending point is Hee Hee Illahee park on Hwy 229 and Gaither St at the south entrance to Siletz. The event is a fun one with people bringing their drift boats and friends to clean-up from the water side while others clean-up from the land-side.  Garbage bags are provided by SOLVE. Registration with coffee and donuts begins a bit before 9am and at 2 there will be chili, hot dogs, sodas and other snacks. A raffle of excellent donated prizes provide an additional incentive for clean-up volunteers.

“Last year we had 16 drift boats and 55 volunteers show up to haul over 400 lbs of trash from the river”, said Conrad Gowell, Siletz Watershed Council coordinator. “That was amazing but I’m hearing that we will have even more boats, volunteers, and raffle prizes this year.” Gowell notes that the annual clean up event draws both locals and river users from other places.  “It’s a chance to have fun and give back at the same time.  The river provides excellent fishing, clean-water for drinking, and beauty.  Everyone wants to keep it that way and they show up or donate food or gifts.”
Bring waterproof boots and gloves and dress in layers.  For more information:  Conrad Gowell, 541-265-9195,

On April 18th at 5:30pm. the fish party of the year is going to happen in the central Willamette 
Valley. The Coastal Conservation Association's new Corvallis chapter is having their first ever banquet at the Albany Eagles lodge. Raffles, silent and live auctions will be entertaining and rewarding. Don't miss out on the opportunity to win some great gear and fishing trips all supporting our local fisheries. Trips will be given away and auctioned off from Osprey Guide Service, Northwest Connection Sportfishing, Grant Scheele, Damon Strubel's Nomad Guide Service and a live auction featuring a trip for two people and 5 days of fishing at the Togiak River Lodge in Alaska. Prizes from dozens of rod-builders, tackle companies. bait shops, Calapooia Brewing, Nectar Creek and Two-Towns Cider. The cost of the event includes a year membership into CCA, entry fee and prime rib
dinner. Tickets are $60 for individuals, $100 for couples. 

You can purchase tickets to the event here:

You can join the event on Facebook here:

Ocean Blue Project is hosting an annual clean up and float trip on the Willamette River Saturday, July 18th from 11am to 5pm. Meet at the Willamette Park boat launch and float to Micheal's Landing. Door prizes will be given out to volunteers. Natural Opus, and OSU will join OBP to help with the banks of the Willamette River. This event is part of a continuous effort to restore habitat along the banks of Mill Race Creek using mycofiltration. Volunteers will set the stage by clearing the area of noxious invasive weeds like blackberry and English ivy. Burlap sacks of mushroom mycelia will be placed over the cleared banks. Volunteers will plant native wetland vegetation to enhance habitat and erosion control we plant will along the site. The main goal and focus of the event will be environmental education. Activities include: Invasive plant removal, litter cleanup, native planting, maintenance and monitoring, erosion control. 

You can join the event on Facebook here:

You can find out more about OBP here:

Special thanks to these organizations for putting together these events in an effort to improve our watersheds and fisheries. Thanks again to the volunteers who helped promote and market these causes to the public and their contributions to this calendar.

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