News Release – 8/7/2015

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

Stream Stewards Environmental Volunteer Program Offers Free Education to Outdoor Enthusiasts
– Clark Public Utilities Now Accepting Applications for Educational Workshop Series –

VANCOUVER, WA – August 7, 2015 – Clark Public Utilities welcomes local people with a passion for conservation in Clark County to apply for the utility’s annual Stream Steward volunteer education program. 

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. 

“Stream Stewards is a unique opportunity for like-minded people of all ages to learn ways to make our local environment healthier and more sustainable,” said Ashley King, StreamTeam coordinator at Clark Public Utilities. “The program is popular with active retirees looking for meaningful volunteer work as well as committed students and community members. The annual cohort of Stream Stewards often goes on to volunteer together for years – they are the core of our StreamTeam volunteer community.”

The 2015 Stream Steward program begins September 19 and includes seven Saturday sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and three 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.

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.