Beat the Heat!

With air temperatures in the upper 90′s and the swimming holes occupied we’ve been reflecting on our summer
programs. The Gorge Explorers program came to an end of it’s fourth summer a couple weeks ago. We finished with a fun day involving the community and a mini carnival at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. We also took the high school mentors white water rafting on the White Salmon River!

We’re now finishing up a few programs with the U.S. Forest Service and the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. We’ve been doing some interpretive campfire talks at local campgrounds and we’ll be at the Skamania County Fair August 17th and 18th. We’re also gearing up for school to start in September and for our SECRETS and Science In Action programs to reignite! We’re in need of volunteers as usual for both SECRETS and SIA so if you’re interested in helping out please email drew(at)gorgeecology(dot)org.

A parting thought for all of those using sprinklers, or in my case the slip-n-slide, to stay cool on these hot days, be sure to turn off your water when it’s not in use. With half of the U.S. counties and a dozen states drought stricken it’s important for us fortunate ones in the Columbia Gorge to remember to use water wisely. For more information on smart water usage visit our partners at the Hood River Watershed Group:

http://www.hoodriverswcd.org/Resources/Water_Conservation_Brochure.pdf

 

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