August 10, 2021

The Center for Social Change and Community Involvement Adopts a River

The Center for Social Change and Community Involvement adopts a river through the Oregon Adopt-A-River program, a partnership between SOLVE and the Oregon State Marine Board.
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As one of the early stage initiatives for the new Center for Social Change and Community Involvement, Lewis & Clark College has officially adopted a river through the Oregon Adopt-A-River program, a partnership between SOLVE and the Oregon State Marine Board. 

The High Rocks river area is located in the city of Gladstone, OR on the Clackamas River in the 82nd Drive commercial area.  High Rocks Park, 1.55 acres, is used year round by fishermen and during the summer by picnickers.  As a part of the Adopt-A-River program, the Center for Social Change and Community Involvement at Lewis & Clark College will host at least two cleanups or invasive plant removal events per year, for the next two years at this location.  More information on scheduled events will be posted online early in Fall 2021.

The Center for Social Change and Community Involvement joins a group of over 90 river adopters ranging geographically from the Owyhee Canyonlands in Southeast Oregon to the Rogue River Wilderness, the Wilson River in the Tillamook Forest, to the Umatilla River in Pendleton – and everywhere in between.  Oregon is a special place for public access to water, since 1859 when Oregon State Law mandated:

“….all the navigable waters of [the] State, shall be common highways and forever free, as well as to the inhabitants of said State as to all other citizens of the United States….” (Section 2., Act of Congress Admitting Oregon into the Union, February 14, 1859)

411 miles of river have been adopted in Oregon through Oregon Adopt-A-River, but that leaves approximately 110,500 miles open for adoption still.  To learn more about SOLVE and the Oregon Adopt-A-River program visit their website.