DERT – Mud is Life: Interactive Open Air Display & Community Art Project

May 9, 2021 - 11:00 am


Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team is hosting an event at the Percival Waterfront Pavilion alongside three landscape architecture students who look at the aesthetics of a restored Deschutes Estuary with a particular focus on mud.

Danielle Dolbow, Zoe Kasperzyk, & Alanna Matteson have organized a beautiful and interactive open air gallery and community art project. They will be handing out bowls made from Puget Sound mud and have salt marsh arrangements on display. DERT will have information about our history, the South Sound Healthy Watershed Program, and the upcoming Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). In addition, we will be handing out Deschutes River Watershed Guides and selling t-shirts and sweatshirts for $20.

Sunday, May 9th, 11 AM to 4 PM – Community Mud Quilt

Location: Percival Waterfront Pavilion (southernmost pavilion at the intersection of Water St & State Ave).


We are a group of three landscape architecture students from Olympia, Seattle, and Baltimore. We share a deep love of this region and a desire to connect people with place. For our graduate capstone project at the University of Washington we have taken a closer look at the aesthetics of a restored Deschutes Estuary with a particular focus on mud.

Join us as we take you on a journey from the headwaters of the Deschtues River to the Salish Sea along a river dyed with mud sourced from places along the way. Before the 5th Avenue Dam was built, nutrient rich sediment flowed downstream and mixed with incoming salt water, forming the foundation for a healthy and dynamic tidal landscape.

This body of work imagines a future in which the mudflats and salt marshes of a restored Deschutes Estuary are celebrated for both their ephemeral beauty and for the life they support.

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