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 »

Polar Plunge Raises $25,000

EUGENE, Ore. — Dozens of people dove in to the bone-chilling Willamette River, all in the name of charity. Saturday marked this year’s Polar Plunge hosted by Oregon law enforcement. This daring event is part of an annual tradition in Eugene. Participants dove right into the 44-degree water. Those taking the plunge spent the past … Continue reading »

Cat Thrown in Willamette River

EUGENE, Ore. — A Persian cat is recovering after it was pulled from the Willamette River. Rescuers think someone threw the cat in the water. Rescuers say they saw the cat floating under the DeFazio Pedestrian Bridge in the middle of the river. That’s why they think someone deliberately tossed the cat in the river. … Continue reading »

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