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Rock Creek Watershed Partners is a coalition of the following groups:

Friends of Beaverton Creek (Click here to visit their website)

Friends of Beaverton's Johnson Creek

Friends of Rock, Bronson & Willow Creeks

Cedar Mill Creek Watershed Watch

Skyline Ridge Neighbors, Natural Resources Committee

The Rock Creek Watershed Partners preserve, protect, and restore streams in the Tualatin River basin by building the organizational capacity and providing support to stream friends.

The Partners are closely allied but independent groups who share a vision of an ecologically healthy watershed. We work together to build stewardship through individual, corporate, and community-based involvement in education, restoration, and monitoring. We collaborate on strategic planning and fund-raising, and share information, volunteers, technical and legal resources.

Mission

The mission of the Rock Creek Watershed Partners is to protect and restore a healthy watershed by motivating and enabling a community of active stewards in the basin. We accomplish this by building organizational capacity and providing support to groups and individuals who practice good stewardship.

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Vision

We envision vibrant human and natural communities coexisting in our watershed.  Our streams contain clean, cool, clear water; are buffered by wide swaths of trees; support diverse native fish, wildlife, and plants; and are enjoyed by people through an extensive system of well-designed trails in parks and open spaces.  Large networks of citizens and businesses take responsibility for improving and maintaining water quality, quantity, habitat, and compatible recreational uses.

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Recent accomplishment and activities

This past June the board member of RCWP participated in our first annual board retreat. We evaluated our progress, refined our vision, and were re-inspired. Perhaps most importantly though, we recognized all that we’ve accomplished over the past two years; here’s just a few:

  • All board members participated in our first annual retreat to set goals, evaluate our progress, and get re-inspired.
  • Hired second-year Americorps volunteer, Amanda Wilson, for Community Stewardship Coordinator position
  • Led 3 watershed tours highlighting natural history, cultural history, restoration work, and water quality of streams in our watershed.
  • Led 3 work parties at Noble Woods Park in Hillsboro to remove 20 cubic feet of ivy near the Baseline parking lot and cut ivy on over 40 trees throughout the park
  • Led 4 work parties at Cedar Mill Wetland to remove teasel, plant and mulch trees, maintain the trail, and admire the work of resident beaver.
  • Received grant from the Oregon Community Foundation for coordinator position
  • Created new logo and brochures

Tour of Beaverton Creek at Milikan Way, August 2006

And here are some of the items we’re currently working on:

  • Revising our 2 year action plan
  • Working with students as the community partner for a grant writing class at PSU (students will find and write grants for us!)
  • Coordinating our second annual fundraising auction: Watershed Tales
  • Recruiting members for our creek groups and board
  • Develop database to track volunteers, projects, and donations

 

Past Accomplishments

In addition to the achievements of our member groups listed below, the Rock Creek Watershed Partners have:

  • Restored natural areas throughout the watershed with Hillsboro Parks and Rec, Tualatin Hills Parks and Rec, SOLV, and The Wetlands Conservancy
  • Hosted a naturescaping workshop at Tualatin Hills Nature Park
  • Co-hosted a landowner workshop with Three Rivers Land Conservancy
  • Hosted a nature walk with Tualatin Hills Nature Park
  • Hosted a bird walk with Backyard Bird Shop
  • Presented our new display board for Earth Day at Tualatin Hills Nature Park

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One of our stellar volunteers removing ivy at Noble Woods Park

Break time along Rock Creek at Noble Woods Park

Friends of Rock, Bronson, and Willow Creeks

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  • Assisted Eagle Scouts planting willows along Willow Creek.
  • Served on citizen's advisory committee to Clean Water Service's Watersheds 2000 project.
  • Monitored water quality and restoration projects on Rock and Willow creeks.

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Friends of Beaverton Creek

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  • Lead restoration projects at Beaverton Creek Wetlands.
  • Weeded and watered plantings along Beaverton Creek.
  • Commented on sewerline project through Tualatin Hills Nature Park.

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Beaverton Creek Wetland at 153rd and TV Highway in Beaverton

Cedar Mill Creek Watershed Watch

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  • Reported muddy water in Cedar Mill Creek from ongoing development in the headwaters.
  • Compiled educational information on native plant landscaping.
  • more...

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Friends of Beaverton's Johnson Creek

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  • Commented on a master plan for development of Lowami Hart Woods Park.
  • Reduced the impacts of a proposal to widen Hart Road.
  • Removed invasive Himalayan blackberries from Lowami Hart Woods Park.

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Skyline Ridge Neighbors, Natural Resources Committee

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  • Hosted a workshop on erosion control at holding areas for horses.
  • Create driving tour of invasive plants along Skyline Blvd.
  • Host speakers on various topics related to wildlife and natural resources

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