News Release – 8/3/11

For more information:

Erica Erland, Clark Public Utilities

360-992-3238, eerland@clarkpud.com

 

Stream Steward Program Seeks Volunteers to Help Save Salmon in Clark County

Clark Public Utilities Now Accepting Applications for Autumn Restoration Effort

VANCOUVER, WA – August 3, 2011 – Clark Public Utilities’ StreamTeam is accepting applications now through September 1 for its fall Stream Steward session. Selected volunteers participate in eight hands-on workshops and one day of service-learning before providing 45 hours of service toward community efforts to save salmon. 

The Stream Steward opportunity is open to all age groups, backgrounds and experience levels. Individuals dedicated to community service with an interest in local environmental stewardship are encouraged to apply.

“Our Stream Stewards are an integral part of our Clark Public Utilities’ StreamTeam efforts, providing leadership and expertise in the field throughout the year,” said Jeff Wittler, Clark Public Utilities environmental resources manager. “This program is part of our investment in building a community that’s educated and motivated around issues of stream health and salmon safety.”

In addition to volunteering, our Stewards have ongoing continuing education opportunities including winter twig identification, wildlife monitoring and rain management classes.

“Past Stream Steward graduates are our biggest recruiters because of their enthusiasm and appreciation for the program,” said Ashley King, StreamTeam coordinator. “Many of our Stewards return year after year to participate in restoration projects – it’s a strong community of people committed to healthy watersheds in Clark County.”

The fall Stream Steward program kicks-off September 24 and includes six Saturday sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and three Tuesday workshops from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

For more information visit the StreamTeam website, www.StreamTeam.net, call 360-992-8585, or email streamteam@clarkpud.com

About Clark Public Utilities

Clark Public Utilities is a customer-owned public utility that provides electric service to more than 183,000 customers throughout Clark County. The utility also provides water service to about 30,000 homes and businesses in the Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek, Lakeshore, Hockinson, Brush Prairie, La Center, Meadow Glade, Amboy and Yacolt areas.

Clark Public Utilities is proud to be named a J.D. Power 2011 Customer Service Champion and is only one of 40 companies so named in the U.S. Additionally, Clark Public Utilities was ranked highest in customer satisfaction among midsize utilities in the west by J.D. Power and Associates in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.