Riverkeepers Look to Improve Waterways

EUGENE, 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 … Continue reading »

OSU Crew Boat Crashes into Bridge

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Nine crew members on the Oregon State University men’s rowing team are safe after one of their boats collided with a bridge pillar and snapped in half. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol was dispatched to the Willamette River just before 5 pm Monday evening near the Harrison Street Bridge after … Continue reading »

Willamette River Floods Bike Paths

EUGENE, Ore. — The Willamette River in Eugene poured onto walking and bicycle paths Saturday night and Sunday morning as levels rose from 15 feet to nearly 18 feet. A part of the East River Path between the Owasso Bridge and the Beltline in Eugene was completely flooded, sending cyclists and pedestrians the other way … Continue reading »

Springfield Police Clear Homeless Camps

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A day after the city of Eugene told homeless campers they needed to leave their site at Broadway and Hillyard, the city of Springfield cleared out homeless campers along the Willamette River. The Springfield Police Department said it gets calls about illegal homeless campers daily, which is why it’s now clearing out … Continue reading »

Volunteers Clean the Willamette River

EUGENE, Ore. — More than 150 volunteers came out to help clean the Willamette River Saturday. This was the 5th annual Great Willamette clean-up, a project that stretches all the way to Portland. Organizers say there were four ground sites and two water-based sites this year. Among the garbage picked up, organizers say hypodermic needles … Continue reading »

Great Rotary Duck Race Ticket Drive

EUGENE, Ore. — The Great Rotary Duck Race is almost here, and on Tuesday, KEZI 9 News is hosting an all-day ticket drive at the Bi-Mart on West 18th Avenue. The goal is to sell 100,000 tickets, which would set a new record. Last year, 70,000 ducks were dumped in the Willamette River, and over … Continue reading »

Two Women Rescued on Willamette River

EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene and Springfield Water Rescue, Dexter Fire and the Lane County Sheriff’s Marine and Search and Rescue Units responded to a water rescue on the Willamette River Saturday. Police say around 3 p.m. a group of nine people launched their six inflatable watercraft from Elijah Bristow Park. About two miles downstream … Continue reading »

Hidden Dangers in Local Part of River

EUGENE, Ore. — The water, the trees and the breeze. Recreationists come out to the stretch of the Willamette River between Marshall Island and Harrisburg for a number of reasons. But they know safety comes before fun. “We talked to the group before we left and we talked about exactly the types of things to look … Continue reading »

Woman Rescued from Willamette River

EUGENE, Ore. — A water rescue on the Willamette River Thursday afternoon ended with one woman in the hospital. Bystanders pulled the woman from the river near the Ferry Street Bridge. They say she fell in at Alton Baker Park and was swept away. Crews say the woman was in the water, which was near … Continue reading »

Climate Change Could Reduce River Flows

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A new study of river basins in the western U.S. suggests that climate change will have the greatest impact on summer stream flows. The study concludes that Oregon’s major rivers, such as the Willamette, McKenzie, Deschutes, Klamath and Rogue may be among the most sensitive to climate change. “These are big rivers … Continue reading »

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