The Willamette River upper tributaries originate in the mountains south of Eugene. The river flows northward through the Willamette Valley to its confluence with the Columbia River in Portland. The flow from the Willamette River accounts for 15% of water in the mighty Columbia River.
Over the last 30 years, stringent environmental protection laws and significant restoration activities have improved water quality conditions in the Willamette River. Efforts continue to improve the health of the Willamette River basin through studies, cleanup efforts, and coordination by regulatory agencies and drinking water providers.
Willamette River Studies
Three recent studies were completed that highlight these important efforts.
Willamette River Report Card
Sponsor: Meyer Memorial Trust
Status: Published in 2015
Learn more: www.willamettereportcard.org
Willamette Water 2100
Sponsors: Oregon State University, University of Oregon, Portland State University
Learn more: oregonstate.edu (Institute for Natural Resources)
Willamette River Basin Review
Sponsors: Portland District–US Army Corps of Engineers, Oregon Dept. of Water Resources
Status: Scheduled to be completed by 2018
Learn more: nwp.usace.army.mil/willamette/basin-review/
Other Willamette River Organizations
Learn more about other organizations that have an interest in the health of the Willamette River.