Water is an essential component in our work to protect and improve habitat for a wide variety of wildlife and plant life. The Conservation District is deeply involved in restoring Sturgeon Lake on Sauvie Island, which is critical habitat to fish, birds, and waterfowl, not to mention a large number of amphibians and other critters. West Multnomah Conservation District is the local sponsor of the $7.5 restoration project, conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The District, along with many private and public partners, is still raising money for the project through the Save Sturgeon Lake Campaign, operated by our partner, Oregon Wildlife.

The District also manages the Healthy Streams Program which works to improve degraded stream banks and riparian areas. The program removes invasive weeds along streams, plants native species and takes other measures to improve water quality for fish and other wildlife. The District also monitors water quality in a number of streams and creeks in its jurisdiction.

Our work in water quality falls into these main categories:

Water Quality Monitoring

Stormwater Management

Healthy Streams Program

Sturgeon Lake Restoration Project

Living on the Water: A Guide for Floating Homeowners & Marina Managers


Living on the Water

West Multnomah County is home to a number of floating home communities, offering a living experience with a unique set of natural resource benefits and challenges. In our District, most floating homes and marinas dot […]

Sauvie Island Pond Project

In 2012, District staff and then-board chair Jane Hartline (an enthusiastic volunteer) identified nine different landowners with potential to improve wildlife habitat at their 10 Sauvie Island ponds, which total 6.5 acres. The project began […]

Sturgeon Lake Restoration Project

Sturgeon Lake (3200 ac.), owned and managed as wildlife refuge by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), borders and is connected to Multnomah Channel via the Gilbert River and connected to Columbia River by […]