News Release 8/5/16

For more information:
Erica Erland, Clark Public Utilities
360-992-3238, eerland@clarkpud.com

CONTINUING EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY SERVICE COMBINE IN STREAM STEWARDS ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
– Clark Public Utilities Now Accepting Applications for Educational Workshop Series –

VANCOUVER, WA – August 5, 2016 – The annual Clark Public Utilities Stream Stewards workshop series kicks off in September. Local people with a passion for learning about streams, wildlife and the natural environment in Clark County are invited to apply online at StreamStewards.net.

The longest running program of its kind in Clark County, Stream Stewards offers a series of interactive workshops on topics including local geology, watersheds and wetlands, native plants and wildlife, and environmental restoration. Classes prepare participants to provide a minimum of 45 hours of volunteer service in support of StreamTeam programs. Upon completing the workshop series, Stream Stewards often serve in leadership roles at StreamTeam planting events, educational presentations about our local environment and ongoing watershed restoration efforts.

“There are lots of ways for people to volunteer and help the environment, but Stream Stewards is a rare combination of ongoing learning, volunteerism and community-building,” said Ashley King, StreamTeam coordinator at Clark Public Utilities. “The Stream Steward cohorts often maintain the friendships they make for years, planting trees together, presenting to school kids at local events or tackling invasive weeds as a trained team. It’s a way to make a difference, be inspired and build relationships at the same time.”

The 2016 Stream Steward program begins September 24 and includes six Saturday sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and five Tuesday workshops from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Applications are due by September 15. Apply early for the best chance of participating, space is limited.

Stream Stewards is open to adults of all backgrounds and experience levels. For more information or to apply, visit the program webpage, www.StreamStewards.net, call 360-992-8585, or email streamteam@clarkpud.com.

About Stream Stewards
Stream Stewards is a Clark Public Utilities program that was founded as a volunteer education and service group in 1998, the first program of its kind in Clark County. Each year in the fall, a cohort is selected through an application process before beginning a series of classes related to environmental stewardship, natural habitat and restoration efforts. After completing the educational part of the program, participants go on to provide at least 45 hours of volunteer service on Stream Team salmon restoration or community education projects. More information is available at www.StreamStewards.net.

About Clark Public Utilities
Clark Public Utilities is a customer-owned public utility that provides electric service to more than 190,000 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. More information at www.clarkpublicutilities.com.

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