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Ross Island Adventure

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For our June team meeting, Mason and Molly put together a fantastic day of paddling and pulling.

We started by meeting up with Marci Krass (AmeriCorps Alum!) from Willamette Riverkeeper who took us out on canoes to Ross Island, a former gravel mining site in the middle of the Willamette River.

The island is now owned by the city and is undergoing restoration. Susan Hawes, from the City of Portland, joined us on our trip to the island where we pulled invasive Garlic Mustard plants.

After Lunch we were joined by Kurt Carpenter of the USGS whotalked with us about the cause and effect of harmful algae blooms.

We wrapped up our time on the island by conducting our own water quality tests to see the health of the river with our own eyes.

The team meeting was a really fantastic continuation of the learning with did on MLK day with the Portland Harbor Community Coalition about the health and history of the Willamette river and those who's lives it effects.