Volunteers Clean the Willamette River

EUGENE, Ore. — The Willamette River is flowing a lot cleaner Saturday thanks to volunteers from all over Lane County. More than 100 people signed up to help pick up garbage along the river in Eugene and Springfield. It’s part of the 2014 Great Willamette River Clean Up, headed by Willamette Riverkeeper. Volunteers cleaned up … Continue reading »

Groups to Clean Up Willamette River

EUGENE, Ore. — Saturday is supposed to be a beautiful day, and people will be out making the Willamette River a little more beautiful. The Great Willamette Cleanup starts at 8 a.m. Volunteers from all over Oregon will be out removing litter and debris along 187 miles of the river. In Lane County, the cleanup … Continue reading »

Video: Great Willamette River Cleanup

EUGENE, Ore. — This weekend is the 6th Annual Great Willamette River Cleanup. Cleanup efforts are taking part across 187 river miles. Volunteers are needed to help clean up trash. Willamette Riverkeeper Michelle Emmons joined us on KEZI 9 News Midday to talk about the event. Click here to sign up.

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 »

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