OSU red legged frog egg survey 4-2011 at Thornton Lake © A. Higinbotham

Neighborhood Captains

The Neighborhood Captains Volunteer Effort was started by a group of stakeholders and advocates of stream health in Albany, the Willamette Stewardship Team-Albany Reach (WSTAR). WSTAR meets quarterly and includes members from Calapooia Watershed Council board and staff, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) staff, City of Albany Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments, private landowners, Greenbelt Land Trust, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Friends of East Thornton Lake. WSTAR formed a Thornton Lake sub-committee to address issues in and around the lake such as invasive vegetation control, landowner technical resources, and storm water drainage.

Neighborhood Captains are concerned community members living in North Albany who:

  • Become Informed: Attend up to 3 one-hour meetings a year to identify and discuss topics and receive flyers.
  • Share Information: Our technical experts will develop 1-page flyers on pressing topics. You will distribute the flyers and chat with residents living in your designated “neighborhood” area. Flyers can be found in the Brochures sidebar to the right.
  • Bridge the Gap: Serve as a liaison between your neighbors and the WSTAR Thornton Lake sub-committee.
  • Keep the Conversation Going: Encourage your neighborhood to keep the conversation going and take action.

What do you get in return for this community work? How about the following…

  • Scholarships or paid fees for relevant local (Willamette Valley) OSU Extension, watershed council, or SWCD training offered during the year
  • Get the “insiders scoop” on emerging issues or opportunities that impact the lake
  • Get to know your neighbors better
  • Good resume builder for future jobs or volunteer opportunities
  • Opportunity to take get more involved or even have a leadership position with local non-profit groups or advisory committees

Sign up to be a Neighborhood Captain!

If you’d like to share information with your neighbors in North Albany, Neighborhood Captains is looking for you! Contact Heath Keirstead to get involved today!

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