We all like drinking beer, and now sipping local suds can help support local watershed restoration efforts thanks to a new partnership between the Calapooia Brewing Company of Albany and the Calapooia Watershed Council of Brownsville, a 501c3 non-governmental organization. As part of the partnership, Calapooia Brewing will donate a portion of the proceeds from the sale of its Paddle Me IPA to support restoration work on the Calapooia River and community outreach about the value of local rivers around Albany. “This is just a very organic partnership…. Our business branding and our personal recreation both center very heavily on Oregon’s Rivers. We’ve been hosting the Watershed Council’s fundraiser for years now, and we decided it was time to step up and support these causes that benefit everything and everyone we care about in the Willamette Valley,” says brewery owner Laura Bryngelson. The partnership is also working to organize river-centric events in Albany with the first event scheduled for summer 2014.
Calapooia Brewing was founded in 2006, although their location at 140 NE Hill St in Albany has been a continually producing brewery since 1993, making it one of Oregon’s oldest breweries. For more information on Calapooia Brewing Company, see www.calapooiabrewing.com.
The Calapooia Watershed Council was created by residents of the watershed in 1999 and is a community organization that promotes voluntary actions to improve the health of the watershed. The Council works with private landowners and state and local agencies to remove invasive species, increase fish habitat, and improve water quality in the Calapooia Basin and the Albany reach of the Willamette River. In June 2013, the Council removed Cox Creek Dam near Talking Water Gardens in Albany and planted over 39,000 native plants in Simpson Park. During the 2013-14 school year, the Council is working with North Albany, Central Albany, Oak Grove, and Central Linn Elementary Schools to provide place-based outdoor education for more than 240 local students. For more information on Calapooia Watershed Council’s past and current projects or to offer your support for the Council, see www.calapooia.org.