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Slough 101: Free Workshop

Free, Hands-On Workshop to Explore Our Columbia Slough Watershed

Saturday March 18, 2017    9:00am – 12:45pm

Ever wonder about that slow-moving channel of water running through Gresham, Fairview, and NE & N Portland?  This free hands-on workshop will explore the unique character, challenges and opportunities of the Columbia Slough and its Watershed.  You’ll learn about soil & sediment in relation to water quality, how the Slough has changed over time, and what that means for fish, wildlife, people and businesses.  Open to everyone interested in learning more about the Columbia Slough Watershed.

Workshop presenters include representatives from:

The Columbia Slough Watershed Council
The City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services
The City of Portland, Portland Water Bureau
Friends of Smith and Bybee Lakes
Levee Ready Columbia
Multnomah County Drainage Districts
Portland State University

With hands-on activities to let you:

  • Study macroinvertebrates (water bugs) that live in the Slough and learn about water quality.
  • Simulate and predict aquifer conditions with an interactive groundwater model.
  • Discover a beautiful hidden part of this unique waterway through a short tour

Pre-registration is required for this free workshop.
Light refreshments will be provided. Suitable for adults and teens 14 & up.

Register for this event


McKinstry Co
16790 NE Mason St
Portland, OR 97230

Contact:  Karen Carrillo,  503-281-1132

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Neighborhood Business Snapshot: JLE Truckwash

JLE Enterprises, Inc.
Jhonny Interian Montalvo, Manager – Detail & Sandblasting Division
9615 NE Vancouver Way

Our neighborhood is an unusual mix of residential, commercial, and industrial properties. At a recent meeting, the ECNA Board agreed that we’d like to feature some of our local neighborhood businesses in our neighborhood newsletter and on the website. This month Board Chair Gary Kunz would like to introduce you to one that he has personally used.

JLE TruckWash, Inc. is an Oregon based company serving the trucking industry since 1981. They specialize in on-site truck washing for truck load and grocery distribution centers. Currently, there are locations in Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. One of our longtime neighbors, Jhonny Interian Montalvo, manages the JLE Sandblasting and Detail shops on NE Vancouver Way. An East Columbia resident for fourteen years, Jhonny has managed the JLE facilities for ten.

When I needed my boat trailer cleaned, and later the 900 pound cast iron boat keel, I took them to JLE. Their facilities are sized to handle commercial trucks, so my little trailer and keel were no challenge for them. Both times the metal was superbly cleaned and ready for paint. Though their primary focus is commercial trucks, Jhonny says the Detail Shop can also handle personal vans or autos. I highly recommend this company. If you need detailing, steam cleaning, or sand blasting look them up and give Jhonny a call.