WaterWatch in the Community

That’s WaterWatch’s communications manager, David Row, tabling at Patagonia’s downtown Portland store. Expect to see our staff increasingly at these events where they’ll be spreading the good word about WaterWatch to new and familiar supporters!

With the arrival of three new staffers (Neil Brandt, Robyn Gottlieb and David Row) in the past few months, WaterWatch has a rare luxury: A fuller house of personnel. We’re going to use this opportunity and continue to spend time in the community spreading the word about our good work to familiar groups as well as new supporters.

To that end, the past few months have been busy ones for WaterWatch staff.

Our Southern Oregon staff presented, for example, at the Steamboaters’ 2019 Annual Meeting and Picnic as well as the Native Fish Society’s 2019 Annual Gathering. We also spoke to the crew at the Umpqua Valley Flyfishers’ “Rockin’ on the River” event (which benefitted WaterWatch).

In Portland, staff tabled at The Conservation Alliance’s annual Backyard Collective event held in Wallace Park; Sunday Happy Hour at Patagonia’s downtown Portland location; and The Big Float 9, an annual celebration of the Willamette River and the admirable efforts to keep it healthy and flourishing. Crowds and attendees for these events ranged from the hundreds to the thousands.

On a more intimate level, WaterWatch also attended a social hour hosted by Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer for conservation interests. A very diverse cross-section of groups, including many Oregon tribes, was represented at the gathering.

A similarly intimate atmosphere defined the recent August gathering of supporters at Lake Creek Lodge located in Camp Sherman. Through the incredible generosity of WaterWatch board member and business owner (The Fly Fisher’s Place in Sisters) Jeff Perrin, WaterWatch hosted a mellow evening of music, dinner and water-related conservation talk at this always welcoming rustic lodge. A big thank you to our guests and to Jeff, for his generous donation of time, effort and guided fishing that made the event a success. Finally, a shout out to the staff at Lake Creek Lodge for being warm and welcoming to everyone.

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