October 2013

Two Otakians, Melanie McCandless and Matt Klym, joined more than 50 other volunteers on Saturday, September 28, to break up part of a parking lot in the Lents area of Portland, Oregon. Volunteers from St. Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Depave, Green Lents, and Johnson Creek Watershed Council (JCWC) removed 2,400 square feet of asphalt (at least 30 tons), filling four and a half ten-yard bins. The central depaved area will be converted to a rain garden, while areas along the fence will be landscaped with drought-tolerant native plants.

The project is funded by a City of Portland community Watershed Stewardship Grant, and additional funds were raised at a traditional Ethiopian dinner at the Church this past June.

Twenty-five to thirty volunteers are needed to help plant the depaved areas on Saturday, October 26, from 10 am – 2 pm. To register, please contact JCWC Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Amy Lodholz, at


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