Metro Invites FrOGS to Phase 2 of Grant Process!

Metro selected FrOGS as one of the finalists in this year’s round of grant funding. Our next meeting will be largely dedicated to planning our next steps. If you’ve been following FrOGS, now is a great time to get involved. See the page “News” for details on how, when, where, etc.


Metro Grant Application Complete

Hi all,

Just blogging to let you know we completed our grant application with Metro. Metro (our regional government), gives out grants as part of their Nature in Neighborhoods program. We’ve asked for funding for two pilot projects, and some funds to help our FrOGS grow. You can see the site of our first proposed project below.

Actually, we are in the pre-app phase and will be informed if we can move on to the real application process soon. Stay tuned! Thanks to Mitch, Steve, and Trish for all their hard work on the application!

Pilot Project Site Visit


Measuring the new site

FrOGS visited our proposed pilot project site. You can see us here measuring the site and talking with the homeowner. This site is perfect for a Simple Green Street. We plan on putting a bioswale into the planting strip (between the curb and the sidewalk). Initially, this will treat stormwater from the yard and sidewalk, but later we will apply for a permit to cut an inlet trough the curb. This will allow stormwater from the street into the facility.

Photos from our recent visit to NE Portland, where we conducted a site assessment for our potential first Simple Green Street project.


Steve double-checking the calculations.


Amber, Cathleen and Erika


Good view of the site


Even FrOGS get thirsty!

Stormwater Gardens and Swales Bike Tour

Hi all,

Some of us will be joining Timo Forsberg from PDOT Transportation Options on a bike tour of sustainable stormwater facilities, green streets and rain gardens. The tour is free and open to the public.

Where: Begins at Laurelhurst Park (3601 SE Oak)

When: Wednesday, July 30, 6pm

What to bring: Your bike, your helmet (required), blinky lights.

Map: stormwater-ne-draft-2008

FrOGS Leadership Meeting

Are you interested in helping to plan the future of FrOGS?

The FrOGS‘ Leadership Group will be meeting throughout the summer, and would like to include you in the discussion. Our next meetings will include worksessions to:

  • Develop goals and a mission statement
  • Outline an organization structure and formulate work groups
  • Address possibilities for FrOGS‘ role in the community
  • Outline skills needed / potential benefits
  • Discuss funding sources

Please Contact us for details:

We look forward to hearing from you!

7th Ave Green Street update: Plants!

Workers from the Portland Parks department came by Portland’s newest Green Street on Wednesday, 5/21 to add some finishing touches, including plants. The Green Street’s filtration swale is planted largely with grasses and also includes ferns and Oregon grape, among others.

City workers also shaped the swale by adding river rock at the inflow to slow water velocity. Two “check damns” where also created. These low berms, constructed of clay and river rock, cut across the swale, further slowing stormwater runoff so it can better soak into the soil.

Green Streets Video

The kids from the Metropolitan Learning Center spiced up the FrOGS community meeting on Wednesday in their video about installing a bioswale at school with the help of the Community Watershed Stewardship Program. It demonstrates one of the many varied possibilities for stormwater management in our neighborhoods. We have found another short video to share with FrOGS’ members. Green Streets is about the value of biofiltration for stormwater management and shows examples of different Green Street incarnations across the city.

Watch Green Streets