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Janice Elvidge
NPS Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area

The River Mile Mission Statement
To foster investigation and understanding of the Columbia River Watershed and to promote watershed health 

The River Mile is…
…a network of educators, students, resource managers, scientists and  environmental educators in the  Columbia River Watershed sharing what they know and learn about the Columbia River Watershed and sharing best practices, lessons learned, examples of participation, links to resources and collecting and sharing real world scientific data.  It is a participant driven approach to learning, researching and exploring the watershed health of the Columbia River.

 Students and teachers are engaged in the practices of scientists and resource  managers as they become intimately familiar with their  outdoor classroom by spending time in the field inventorying, monitoring, analyzing, investigating and researching site discoveries. 



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The River Mile
Community Virtual Gathering

Join us for different speakers and topics related to the Columbia River Watershed. 

These gatherings will occur once a month, typically at the end of the month.Pre-registration is required for securtiy reasons, but it is open until 1 hour before the session.

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Upcoming Gatherings!

All times are Pacific Standard Time

Wed., Mar. 24, 2021
3:30 - 4:30 PM 

From Fires to Fishable: The U.S. Federal Clean Water Act

Dr. Jim Ekins
Area Water Educator
University of Idaho Extension

The Clean Water Act of 1972 is one of the cornerstone environmental protection laws in the United States. It resulted in profound water quality improvements throughout the country. With some amendments along the way, it stood the test of time as a well written, robust piece of legislation. But where did it get it’s start? How is it organized? How is it implemented today? And what emerging challenges to the law should we be aware of? Let’s explore the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972, and as it’s formally known, in this 40-minute presentation by a guy who was two years old when it passed, Jim Ekins, Ph.D., Area Water Educator for University of Idaho Extension.


Wed., Apr. 28, 2021
3:30-4:30 PM

The Path to Lake Roosevelt: From Forest to Park 
Karen Honeycutt and Cassandra Hagemann

Karen Honeycutt is the Natural Resource Program Manager with the US Forest Service, Colville National Forest, and Cassandra Hagemann is the  Aquatic Invasive Species Ranger with the National Park Service, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

Presenters will explore how the water moves from the headwaters of the Pend Oreille River on the Colville National Forest to the Columbia River that fills Lake Roosevelt and the partnership between the US Forest Service and the National Park Service.  It will begin with Where the headwaters are and what feeds the river and then continute the exploration of the water's path, animals usage of the river in the National Forest and opportunities it provides. (Boundary Dam, recreation, etc.), native aquatic life found on the Pend Oreille River, invasive aquatic life found in Lake Roosevelt, history of Grand Coulee Dam, and  how the water in Lake Roosevelt is used (Recreational opportunities, etc.).

The program will conclude with a Q&A

Join the Study and Contribute Valuable Data!

The River Mile Network has teamed up with the University of Illinois and the University of Washington scientists! Data from this project will help inform researchers about the species distribution throughout the Columbia River Watershed and beyond.  This year they are asking for help locating and identifying crayfish. The project leaders are especially interested in locating and identifying species below Dry Falls in Eastern Washington AND in the Okanogan River region.  They believe there is an undescribed species of crayfish in those places which have not been documented (geolocated and photographed for identification). You and your students may be the first to record new species of crayfish!

Anything you can do to help researchers will be of benefit!



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