[HANDgreenteam] Bull Run Watershed Tour Info - Spaces still available

ethan ethan at handpdx.org
Tue Aug 4 22:25:40 BST 2009

*Bull Run Watershed Tour*
*August 22
9AM - 5PM*
*Leaves from St. Philip Neri* (SE 16th Ave. and SE Division St, Portland,

*There is still room for more participants on this unique opportunity to see
the source of our pristine water closeup!*

If you'd like to attend, please note that there is a $10 fee from the Water
Bureau to pay for the trip. Please make a check payable to HAND.

If you haven't already signed up and paid, please let me know ASAP if you'd
like to participate. I will send a separate email out to those who have
signed up and paid.

The tour leaves at 9AM on August 22 from St. Philip Neri Church at SE 16th
and Division, and returns at 5PM. Please bring your own lunch, and any other
supplies you may need.

*Information for Tour Participants*

The Portland Water Bureau, in cooperation with the Forest Service, permits a
limited number of public tours annually in the Bull Run Watershed. Your tour
has been carefully planned and will be guided by a professional Water
Resource Educator. During the tour you will ride through a great expanse of
forest, see wildlife, lakes and streams, and learn about Portland’s primary
water supply.  Tours usually last about eight hours from time of departure
to return.

To be most prepared for your tour, please consider the following:

   - Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather--it tends to be colder
   and wetter in the watershed than in Portland so bring extra layers and be
   prepared for rain. Most of your tour will be inside a vehicle with some
   opportunities to walk on rough trails or primitive roads.
   - Please bring adequate food and beverage to last the entire day. There
   are no places to purchase food or drink.  Tour schedules do not allow time
   to stop for food or drink.  We do carry a 5-gallon cooler of drinking water
   for you to refill bottles.
   - Restrooms are few and far between.  Restrooms (ADA compliant) are
   provided at two locations only: Bear Creek House and Bull Run Lake. The
   Water Bureau tour bus is equipped with onboard facilities.
   - Please bring your own epinephrine kit if you are an individual who is
   known to have a severe allergic reaction. Though not common, bee stings are
   always a possibility in the watershed.
   - Please bring official photo identification with you on the tour.  To
   ensure the security of critical water facilities all visitors are required
   to sign a liability waiver and provide home address and photo
   - The watershed is located in a remote area. Cell phones will not receive
   service during the majority of the trip. The tour guide will carry a radio
   and satellite phone in the case of an emergency. Please note emergency
   services may have a delayed response time due to travel distance and

To help protect the watershed please remember the following:

   - No smoking during tours.
   - Body contact with the water is not permitted.
   - Use only the provided sanitation facilities.
   - Be prepared to take home any trash you may generate during the tour.
   - For your safety please remain with the group: steep or unstable slopes
   are not always fenced, and bear and cougar are known to inhabit the

If you have questions prior to the watershed visit please contact Ethan at
ethan at handpdx.org
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