Paddle Oregon 2014 Takes Off

CORVALLIS, Ore. –   A week-long trip down the Willamette River is officially underway for about 200 paddlers who will be learning about the river’s ecology, history, and its importance to Native American culture. Hundreds of canoeists and kayakers are paddling 98 miles in five days, from Corvallis to Canby. Paddle Oregon 2014 is an annual … Continue reading »

Dead Fish Spotted on Willamette River

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield man is concerned for the safety of both wildlife and the community after spotting a number of dead fish on the Willamette River. Chris Flowerday says he’s seen as many as six dead fish on the river in one day. One day this week he saw another dead fish–a steelhead. … Continue reading »

Swimmers React to Fish Die-Off

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — An advisory to keep people out of the Willamette River from Island Park in Springfield to Alton Baker Park in Eugene has some swimmers and fishermen finding a different place to go. But, others said they’ll still be going in the river despite this advisory. Many people out at the Willamette River … Continue reading »

Community Members Tour Green Island

NEAR EUGENE, Ore. — Community members got the chance to explore Green Island Saturday afternoon. It’s the area near where the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers meet. The McKenzie River Trust put on the Living Rivers Celebration Saturday so people could take tours, climb trees, and learn more about the land this conservation group protects. “It’s … Continue reading »

Swimming for a Cause

EUGENE, Ore. — A Portland man will be in Eugene Monday to take on a challenging task. He plans to swim the entire length of the Willamette River. The swim starts at Alton Baker Park and goes to the Columbia River–that’s 184 miles. It’s never been done before. Dean Hall will attempt it to inspire … Continue reading »

EWEB Repairs South Bank Bike Path

EUGENE, Ore. – The Eugene Water and Electric Board will repair a compromised section of the south bank bike path near it’s Willamette River property Wednesday. A water main break at East Eighth Avenue and Hilyard Street in December damaged the path, forcing a temporary closure. The main break disturbed the rock and soil supporting … Continue reading »

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 »

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