Clean Water

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.

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.