WILLAMETTE RIVERKEEPER

aka WRK   |   Portland, OR   |  www.willametteriverkeeper.org

Mission

Willamette Riverkeeper’s sole mission is to protect and restore the Willamette River. We believe that a river with good water quality and abundant natural habitat, safe for fishing and swimming is a basic public right. The Willamette River belongs to all of us and should be protected as such. We work to enable the Willamette River Watershed to function more naturally with cold, pure water, meandering backchannels, and dynamic habitat for fish and wildlife. The health of this natural ecosystem is inseparable from the quality of life of our communities who live and work in its surrounding watershed; each is dependent on the other.

Ruling year info

1997

Executive Director & Riverkeeper

Travis Williams

Main address

403 SE Caruthers St.

Portland, OR 97214 USA

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EIN

93-1212629

NTEE code info

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Swimming, Water Recreation (N67)

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River Guardian

River Guardian Volunteer Monitoring Program engages people in monitoring river conditions and water quality throughout the Willamette Valley. Clean Water/Clean Sediment Program includes Clean Water Act (CWA) permit reviews, legal challenges, stormwater, and non-point source advocacy. Superfund cleanup of Portland Harbor is also under this program. Habitat Restoration and Protection Program "includes; the identification and evaluation of riverside lands that need restoration, building connections with private landowners to foster restoration projects, policy work to provide funding and other restoration tools, and advocacy to protect those areas, such as Greenways, that have high quality habitat. River Discovery Education Program - includes all of WRK's published materials, from newsletters to issue reports, various river paddling trips throughout the Willamette Valley, and other work to inform people about the river's issues and needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Guided by scientific understanding of restoration principles, our Habitat Restoration Program works to improve floodplain and riparian habitats within the Willamette Basin, in collaboration with multiple partners including private and state landowners and conservation organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Willamette Riverkeeper organizes and leads monthly opportunities to “meet” your river. We have found that connecting people to the river by facilitating on-the-water experiences is an effective tool for promoting stewardship, and developing community interest in our work.

Whether by paddle craft, motor boat, or walking tour, we find that getting up close and “personal” with the river is highly informative. Whether you paddle into a river alcove where native Wapato is emerging along the water's edge, or you see the vast alterations to natural habitat encountered in our river’s Superfund site, getting on or along the river will enable you to learn about our river’s successes and challenges.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Willamette Riverkeeper (WR) utilizes the Clean Water Act to help ensure that the Willamette River’s water quality is the best it can be. WR also uses science, restoration and policy work to improve water quality in our communities along the Willamette and its tributaries. Pesticides, emerging contaminants such as flame retardants, legacy pollutants such as PCBs, and many others are a very real concerns today.

WR works with community stakeholders to respond to issues as they are detected, with our River Guardians in certain stretches of the river to investigate potential water quality violations under the Clean Water Act. We also evaluate new permit applications, and applications to renew wastewater discharge permits from industrial and stormwater sources up and down the river.

Over the years our work in his area has resulted in multiple settlements with permit holders that have significantly reduced the level of pollution entering the Willamette and its tributaries, from sources such as industrial storage lots and pulp mills to saw mills, and parking lots.

From time to time WR conducts its own monitoring, screening for toxics or evaluating basic water quality parameters such as temperature and bacteria.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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WILLAMETTE RIVERKEEPER

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Tiefenthaler

Bart Rierson

Jessie Rohrig

Belinda Covarrubias

Joanne Criscione