Michelle Emmons

Willamette River Festival

Tomorrow’s third annual Willamette River Festival is adding several new events focusing on indigenous culture in the Willamette Valley.

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

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.