Eager learners, educators and community members fill the halls and classrooms each year at the annual Watershed Congress. Together with Water Center educators, they evaluate watershed conditions and stewardship restoration opportunities in local backyards and neighborhoods.
The Congress is the culmination of the Watershed Monitoring Network, sponsored by the City of Vancouver and the Clark County Environmental Services Clean Water Program. Each year the Network supports more than 3,000 students from 25 local Southwest Washington schools who monitor neighborhood streams, rivers, lakes or wetlands.
At the Watershed Congress, the focus is on education, discovery and stewardship. Students, ranging from third-graders to 12th-graders, present their water monitoring findings and engage in problem-solving sessions with other students and interested educators, community members and professionals. Past Congress sessions have included presentations on a wide variety of watersheds, including Burnt Bridge Creek, Chelatchie Creek, Columbia Slope, East Fork of the Lewis River, Lacamas Creek, Salmon Creek, Vancouver Lake and the Washougal River.
For more information about the Watershed Congress, please contact Water Center Educator Cory Samia by calling 360-487-7112 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watershed Monitoring NetworkThe Watershed Monitoring Network trains students and teachers to monitor water quality and habitat in Clark County streams, lakes, rivers or wetlands. More than 1,000 students, from kindergarteners through high school students, collect water quality and habitat data during the school year.