Willamette River

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With the World Health Organization deeming styrene a probable carcinogen, environmentalists are working to reduce the amount that gets into waterways.

City of Eugene

Efforts are moving forward to transform the area along the Willamette River near downtown Eugene. Last week, the city council heard from a Portland firm tasked with developing the Eugene Water & Electric property.


Paddle Oregon

About 130 canoeists and kayakers embarked on 5-day trip down the Willamette River this Monday morning. The 16th annual Paddle Oregon started at Marshall Island in Eugene. It’s an 85 mile journey to the outskirts of Portland.

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

An invasive crayfish species has been found in drainage from the Willamette River. This is the first time Ringed crayfish have been discovered this far north. Rick Boatner is the invasive species coordinator for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Boatner: "It's at the upper end of the Willamette drainage and if they repeat what they've done down in Southern Oregon, in places like the Rogue, the Umpqua, they're going to quickly become the dominant crayfish species in that system and eventually, probably all the way down."

willametteriverkeeper.org

Hundreds of Lane County volunteers will take to the water and the shore this weekend to freshen up the Willamette River.

Rachael McDonald

The McKenzie River Trust for years has been working to return the area around the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers to a more natural free-flowing waterway.

At Green Island, north of Coburg, the trust is restoring a side channel of the Willamette River where gravel pits had disrupted habitat for salmon and other wildlife.

The project was a partnership with Wildish Company which did the work of reconfiguring the three ponds.

Rachael McDonald

With near triple-digit temperatures forecast for the weekend in many parts of Oregon, people will seek relief in local rivers and lakes. KLCC's Rachael McDonald asked Lane County Search and Rescue Coordinator Tim Chase for some tips on water safety.

Chase says it's essential to wear a life jacket. He says if you fall in the water, it buys you time.

UO Foundation

The University of Oregon Foundation dropped a bombshell Tuesday when it announced it would not pursue the redevelopment of EWEB's riverfront property in downtown Eugene.

Eugene Water & Electric Board Commissioners chose the UO Foundation last October over two Portland developers to transform the utility's 17-acre diamond in the rough property along the Willamette River. But the Foundation has now backed out, saying the deal is too financially risky.

Willamette Riverkeepers

Rising water and colder temperatures have driven many illegal campers from the banks of the Willamette River. Behind, they leave a remarkable amount of trash. Recently, 50 volunteers got together to clean up a one-mile stretch of river in Eugene. 

Volunteers are walking the riverbank along the railroad tracks off Franklin Blvd., and removing anything that doesn't belong. It's no easy task. The nearly 2 tons of trash collected by volunteers includes soiled mattresses and broken television sets. And that's just the debris they could touch.

WillametteRiverkeeper.org

About 200 canoeists and kayakers are floating the Willamette River Monday to learn about its history, ecology, and some of the issues that affect water quality.

The 14th annual "Paddle Oregon" trip starts in Corvallis and concludes Friday in Canby. Participants camp at a variety of parks, and private farms along the way and dine on local foods. Travis Williams is the Executive Director for the environmental group Willamette Riverkeeper. He says this year for the first two days they will be joined by the Grande Ronde Tribes Canoe Family.

Update - Warning To Avoid Willamette River Lifted

Jul 20, 2014

Lane County Emergency Management has been notified by the Department of Environmental Quality the lab results for the water samples taken from the confluence of the Springfield Mill Race and Willamette River at Island Park down to Alton Baker Park do not show any past or present public health threat.  The advisory to stay out of the water has been canceled as of Sunday (7/20)  morning.

An abnormal number of fish deaths prompted the State of Oregon to warn people from eating the fish or going in the water Friday. The cause of the fish deaths is still unknown.

An abnormal number of fish deaths prompted the State of Oregon to warn people from eating fish or going in the water at the confluence of the Springfield Mill Race and Willamette River at Island Park down to Alton Baker Park.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says dead fish have been showing up in the area and the cause of death is unknown at this time. As a precaution, people are warned to avoid the river water until more information is released. Dead fish or live ones caught in the area should not be consumed.

Wikipedia

Oregon's industrial facilities dumped more than 1 million pounds of toxic chemicals into the state's waterways in 2012. In a new report, Environment Oregon ranks the state 33rd worst in the nation for water pollution.

EWEB

Four groups have expressed interest in developing a 27-acre tract along the Willamette River in Eugene. Eugene Water and Electric Board envisions a vibrant, mixed-use "people place" at their Riverfront site.

EWEB has moved most of its operations to West Eugene and has been working for years on a vision for the property along the Willamette River.  Jeanine Parisi is Community Relations Coordinator at EWEB. She says choosing a developer is a key step in transforming the riverfront from an industrial site to something else.

Willamette River Advocates To Tour River, Assess Health

Apr 10, 2014
willamette.edu

A small group of volunteers are touring the Willamette River this weekend to highlight work that needs to be done to improve its health.

The Willamette River Blitz starts Friday in Eugene at Whitley Landing. Volunteers will paddle down the river stopping in Corvallis and Salem and ending in Portland Monday. Travis Williams is the Executive Director for the environmental group “Willamette Riverkeeper.” He says the purpose of the trip is to focus on needed improvements and to monitor habitat restoration.