Oh soil good: Multnomah district issues $770k in grants

The East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District has issued $770,000 in grants for various environmental projects.

The 2013 Partners in Conservation grants will go to efforts in Multnomah County east of the Willamette River. The Partners in Conservation program backs projects that address soil and water quality issues.

Thirty grants were awarded to groups that work on habitat restoration, environmental education, sustainable agriculture and stormwater management. Four multi-year PIC Plus grants were issued for the first time to projects that require time to have an impact on the community, said Bob Sallinger, a District board member. Those grants went to:

  • The Columbia Slough Watershed Council, which snared $28,660 for enhancing Fairview Creek's riparian habitat.
  • Friends of Zenger Farm, which collected $73,106 to support its Farm School partnership with the David Douglas School District over the next three years.
  • The Sandy River Basin Watershed Council, which nabbed $225,000 for habitat restoration work on a 110-acre parcel.
  • Verde, a Northeast Portland group that hopes to convert a 25-acre brownfield into a new Cully neighborhood park.

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