New watershed signs and StoryMap!

 

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Click on the fish to open the new interactive StoryMap about Clark County watersheds.

Find trails to explore, learn about amazing creatures, dive into stream health and connect with the waterways that make Clark County awesome!

Follow us on Facebook and look for the hashtags #ClarkWatersheds and #CleanWaterStartsWithMe to win prizes throughout the year. 

 


 

Introducing your new watershed sign! 

In October of 2019, county residents voted on for their favorite watershed sign design. Clark County spoke clearly, with winning sign receiving 50% of the more than 3,000 votes cast. 

Throughout 2020, you'll notice these signs going up where a named stream crosses a road in the Burnt Bridge, Lacamas, Whipple, Gee, Salmon Creek, Columbia Slope and Washougal River watersheds.

 

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Watershed Health Project

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The old watershed signs, like the
one pictured here, will be replaced
in 2020.

In 2018, Stormwater Partners of SW Washington received a grant from the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board (LCFRB) to revitalize 25-year-old watershed signs along streets and trails. The grant also funds the creation of an interactive StoryMap where people can learn about Clark County watersheds. The goal of the project is to foster connections between Clark County residents and their waterways by raising awareness of our watersheds, and providing educational resources for the community to learn about beneficial actions to protect watershed health. The project consists of three components. 

1.  Watershed sign replacement. In the mid-90s, Clark County installed watershed signs along streets that cross named streams. These signs included the name of the waterway (stream, creek, river, etc) and the name of the watershed. Nearly a quarter century later, many of the signs have disappeared or become faded or damaged. This component of the project will replace up to 250 watershed signs to help residents throughout Clark County identify their waterways and watersheds. 

2.  StoryMap of Clark County watersheds. Each year, thousands of students, educators and inquisitive community members seek to learn more about Clark County's watersheds. This component of the project will utilize esri StoryMaps to create an interactive experience where anyone can explore Clark County watersheds. The map will cover issues facing each watershed, the fish and wildlife that are present there, and beneficial actions people can take to protect the health of their watershed. The StoryMap will launch in early 2020. 

3.  Watershed health campaign. This project will culminate with a watershed health campaign to connect the community with the new signs and StoryMap in fun, interactive ways. The campaign, which launches in early 2020, will include a variety of challenges and trivia contests, some of which can be answered by visiting the Story Map and exploring Clark County watersheds. By participating in these fun activities, residents can win prizes while helping to spread important messages about protecting watershed health - a real win-win!