Welcome Lorena O'Neill, Stormwater Programs Specialist!

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Lorena O'Neill is an outdoor enthusiast who has fallen in love with Portland since moving here in 2010. She lives in Southwest, near Sylvan, with her husband, 2 dogs and 1 cat. Lorena has met many wonderful people across Southwest, and enjoys sharing the treasures and troubles of this part of town. 

For the past 7 years she has been a keen student of Willamette Valley flora and fauna through classes, workshops and field work. As a Technician for the Backyard Habitat Certification Program, she's had the opportunity to brainstorm with over 200 residents about implementing natural ecosystem elements in their properties. She is thrilled by the opportunity to work with SWNI and the SW Watershed Resource Center as the Stormwater Programs Specialist.

Lorena's role at the SW Watershed Resource Center is coordinating and facilitating the Stormwater Stars workshops. These workshops provide hands-on training in yard-scale stormwater management and will be held at homes in SW Portland in early 2018. For more information visit the Watershed Resource Center website.

Workshop attendees learn techniques and skills to manage the rain that falls around their homes and make their properties more watershed-friendly. They also receive WRC support in employing these strategies at their own homes. Over the past five years, the Stormwater Stars workshops have impacted hundreds of thousands of gallons of runoff water from properties in SW Portland, thereby improving water quality across the region. The WRC is currently seeking hosts and participants! Contact Lorena to learn more and to participate: stormwater@swni.org