We did it! We saved the SW Watershed Resource Center!

WRC logo
All our efforts to advocate for reinstating the SWNI/Watershed Resource Center (WRC) have paid off. Commissioner Fish will be asking Mayor Hales to remove the grant from the FY 2014-15 BES cut packages!!

Thank you to EVERYONE who showed up at the March budget hearing, wrote, spoke or otherwise advocated for reinstating the SWNI/WRC agreement in the BES budget. BES and the Commissioner's office will be reviewing the existing WRC model for supporting federal permit requirements in the upcoming year. SWNI will also take the opportunity to make sure the WRC is an effective means of support for SW residents and neighbors with watershed concerns.

If you are planning to testify at a budget hearing -- or write a budget letter -- on other topics, please thank Commissioner Fish for the decision to go forward with the SWNI/WRC agreement. Join us at the April 9th budget hearing where we will distribute blue signs to interested parties that say, "Thank you for WRC."

Stormwater Challenge Workshops

Stormwater Challenge workshop flyer
Do you want to save money on your landscaping? Or learn how to reduce runoff, improve stream health, and reduce flooding in the challenging hills and soils of SW Portland?

This workshop series will help!

Workshops 3 & 4:

Build the Best Practices
Saturdays: April 19th, & May 3rd
9 am – 1 pm
(Sign up for one or both)
Location info provided following registration

Bureau of Environmental Services Open House

Date of event: 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm


Location: Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Room 29
Help improve the future of your watershed. Please join project staff from the City of Portland's Environmental Services Bureau (BES) to learn about upcoming projects in southwest Portland. Stop by on your way home for refreshments and information.

Environmental Services works regularly with SWNI and the southwest community to develop watershed plans and projects to improve water quality, address public interests, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, improve infrastructure, and restore watershed functions. Learn about project designs, the status of current projects, and community projects. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/watersheds

Our Streets PDX Town Hall with Portland Bureau of Transportation

Date of event: 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
Our Streets PDX
Come to a town hall to tell the city how to pay for transportation maintenance and improvements in southwest. Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, City Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat invite you to join them for a discussion of how to fund transportation maintenance, safety and other needs.

More: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/64188

Native Plant Sale at Spring Garden Park

Date of event: 
Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Native Plant Sale
Please join Friends of Spring Garden Park as they celebrate spring, meet neighbors and raise money for further development of the Natural Play Area at Spring Garden Park, just 5 blocks south of Multnomah Village.

Southwest Corridor Community Forum

Date of event: 
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
SW Community Forum
Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI) is holding a public forum for decision-makers to hear from SW community members:

  • To learn more about Metro's Southwest Corridor Plan
  • To discuss how high capacity transit could improve access to jobs, services and education in SW Portland
  • To discuss how this could improve overall livability within the Portland section of the Corridor
  • To let elected officials hear our comments, suggestions, reservations, etc. about a high capacity transit project coming to SW Portland.

Panelists include Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick, Metro Councilor Bob Stacey, TriMet General Manager Neal McFarlane, and ODOT Region 1 Manager Jason Tell.

SWNI Spring Cleanup

Date of event: 
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Location: Portland Christian Center, 5700 SW Dosch Road
Accepting wood, yard debris, bulky waste and scrap metal. New Reuse Alliance Oregon partners will be accepting donations: Community Warehouse, Community Cycling Center, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Free Geek and Hillsdale Community Foundation Book Collection.

Volunteer to help unload vehicles, assist with pick up from seniors and disabled or pick up litter along neighborhood streets - snacks provided to volunteers.
Contact Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (503) 823-4592