Riverkeepers Look to Improve Waterways

RiverEUGENE, Ore. — A team of riverkeepers will spend the next few days on the water looking to improve the health of our local waterways.

A group of five canoeists left from Whitely Landing in Santa Clara Friday morning on a 120-plus mile trip.

The Willamette Riverkeepers are calling the four-day trip “The Willamette River Blitz.”

They’ll document their trip and the conditions. They say there’s been a lot of improvement projects, but there is always room to make it better.

“We’re using that knowledge and the energy that is in Eugene and Springfield and many communities today to make improvement to water quality and habitat,” said Travis Williams, Willamette Riverkeeper.

“I would really like to see more people use the river. Roughly 70 percent of the population of Oregon live within 15 minutes of the Willamette River,” said Scott Youngblood, Willamette River Greenway Ranger.

Their trip will end at San Salvador Park, northwest of Woodburn.

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