Willamette Water Monthly

The Willamette River—Our Reliable Source of Water

Almost every Oregonian has a connection to the Willamette River. It is the river that flows through our state’s history. Native Americans relied upon it for fish. The pioneer settlers were drawn to the Willamette Valley by its forests and fertile soils. Today, seventy percent of Oregon’s population lives within 50 miles of the Willamette River.

The river continues to nurture Oregon’s agricultural economy and is home to Oregon’s iconic salmon. In the 21st century, the river meets the needs of the state’s largest urban centers – transportation, industry, recreation, and as an abundant source of drinking water.



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