Aquatic Invasive Paddle & Pull
Aug
30
9:30am 9:30am

Aquatic Invasive Paddle & Pull

Join Willamette Riverkeeper and Benton SWCD in our effort to protect fish and wildlife habitat while we paddle on the Willamette between Michael’s Landing in Corvallis and Hyak County Park upstream of Albany. 

Help identify and remove aquatic invasive plants and learn about the threat they pose for water quality on the Willamette River. Our stewardship project will focus on hand pulling Water Primrose (Ludwigia spp).  

Bring your own boat or reserve a space in a Willamette Riverkeeper canoe. For this trip please plan to bring along plenty of water, a warm layer, sun protection, brown bag lunch, and snacks.

REGISTER HERE

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Paddle Oregon 2017
Aug
20
to Aug 24

Paddle Oregon 2017

This August, for the first time in 26 years, a Total Solar Eclipse will streak across North America. Part of our own Willamette Valley sits in the path of totality, providing one of the best opportunities to view this incredible phenomenon. Eclipse-chasers from around the world have already booked up local lodging and campsites. 

Good thing for Paddle Oregon!

We'll be offering a completely unique viewing experience from a mid-river gravel bar along your National Water Trail. Our new Paddle Oregon website and registration will be available this February. We do expect to fill up, so don't delay once registration is open! 

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Aquatic Invasive Paddle & Pull
Jul
8
9:30am 9:30am

Aquatic Invasive Paddle & Pull

Join Willamette Riverkeeper and Benton SWCD in our effort to protect fish and wildlife habitat while we paddle on the Willamette between Michael’s Landing in Corvallis and Hyak County Park upstream of Albany. 

Help identify and remove aquatic invasive plants and learn about the threat they pose for water quality on the Willamette River. Our stewardship project will focus on hand pulling Water Primrose (Ludwigia spp).  

Bring your own boat or reserve a space in a Willamette Riverkeeper canoe. For this trip please plan to bring along plenty of water, a warm layer, sun protection, brown bag lunch, and snacks.

REGISTER HERE

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Willamette Greenway Celebration Paddle
Jun
17
9:30am 9:30am

Willamette Greenway Celebration Paddle

Pick up a paddle and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Willamette River Greenway Program with Willamette Riverkeeper and our friends at Oregon State Parks!  Enjoy a scenic paddle trip from downtown Salem to the Wheatland Ferry where we'll observe wildlife, while learning more about the river, its history, and our combined efforts to improve habitat.

When: Saturday, 6/17 from 9:30am - 3:30pm

Where: Wallace Marine Park in Salem to Wheatland Ferry (11.5 river miles)

We will run a FREE shuttle service for this trip!  Meet us at Wallace Marine Park at 9:30am.  We'll aim to launch from the gravel bar by 10:00am.  At the take out, we'll drive you and your boats back to Wallace Marine Park. 

Riverkeeper canoes are available to reserve upon request at no charge (you must recruit your own paddling partner), or feel free to join us in your own canoe or kayak.

Plan to be on the river for about 4.5 hours. Be sure to dress for conditions and pack extra layers, sun glasses, hat, sunscreen, water, snacks and a lunch.

Questions? E-mail info@willametteriverkeeper.org or call 503-223-6418

REGISTER HERE

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Force of Nature- Women's Ross Island Evening Paddle Tour
Jun
14
5:00pm 5:00pm

Force of Nature- Women's Ross Island Evening Paddle Tour

This is one for the ladies!

In partnership with REI's Force of Nature movement, women are invited to join us, along with Portland Parks, for an evening canoe adventure to explore Portland's urban island wilderness- Ross Island, of course!

On this exclusive tour you'll be guided through the island's verdant interior (which is closed to the general public), learning about Ross Island's history, and the work we are doing to improve its habitat.

When: Wednesday, June 14th, 5:00pm - 8:30pm

Cost: $20 registration includes a seat in a canoe, paddle, and PFD. 

Where: Meet in the gravel lot at above the river access ramp, next to the Portland Boathouse parking lot (1515 SE Water Ave, Portland, 97214)

Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather (such as a rain coat, rain pants and extra layers). Tall rubber boots and long pants work well for walking around the island. Bring water, snacks, and a picnic dinner. 

Questions? Email marci@willametteriverkeeper.org or call 503-223-6418. 

REGISTER HERE

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Aquatic Invasive Workshop & Paddle
Jun
13
9:30am 9:30am

Aquatic Invasive Workshop & Paddle

Join Willamette Riverkeeper, Benton SWCD, and other members of the Willamette Aquatic Invasive Network for a hands-on workshop on the Willamette River in the Albany Reach. 

The Willamette River supports diverse native plant and wildlife populations and provides clean water to Oregonians. Land managers, scientists, and concerned citizens are working together throughout the Willamette Basin to address the growing issue of aquatic invasives. 

Workshop participants will learn to identify and survey for native and aquatic invasive plants while paddling between Hyak and Bowman Parks.  

Bring your own boat or reserve a space in a Willamette Riverkeeper canoe. Water Weed Field Guide provided. Bring plenty of water, a warm layer, sun protection, brown bag lunch, snacks, and closed-toe shoes.

REGISTER HERE

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Clean Water For Great Brews
May
20
8:30am 8:30am

Clean Water For Great Brews

What: Join our River Guardians and local brewers to help clean up our urban waterfront in Eugene and Springfield! 

When: Saturday, May 20th (see registration for meet up times at specific sites)

No Kidding: Each volunteer will earn a drink punch card which is good for up to 9 FREE BREWS at the neighborhood businesses pictured above.  This awesome reward does not have an expiration date, and is valid until all your holes have been punched.  

Questions? Email michelle@willametteriverkeeper.org or call 541-913-4318

REGISTER HERE  at one of our land or river based cleanup sites listed on the registration page.  Be sure to register as a "volunteer" only ("lead volunteers" must be cleared before signing up). 

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Paddle + Wildflower Walk at Elk Rock Island
Apr
25
4:30pm 4:30pm

Paddle + Wildflower Walk at Elk Rock Island

In honor of Native Plant Diversity Week, sponsored by the Native Plant Society of Oregon, we invite you on an adventure to learn more about your unique eco-region!

Elk Rock Island is part of an ancient volcano that erupted 40 million years ago. It's located on the Willamette River just offshore from the City of Milwaukie and iscurrently owned and managed by Portland Parks & Recreation. If you love to explore the flora and fauna of oak and prairie habitats, Elk Rock Island is a great place for those explorations. On this trip you will get to enjoy the adventure via a canoe.

In 2010, the thirteen acre island underwent a small oak restoration project to reduce
shading of established Oregon white oak trees. Since that time the city has been recruiting volunteers to assist in the monitoring of the unique island oak and prairie plant communities. That monitoring led to City of Portland staff and volunteers re-discovering more than 20 plant species that are uncommon and rare to Portland. Some of those include Saxifraga occidentallis, Lomatium triternatum, Fritillaria affinis, Piperia elegans, Plagiobothrys figuratus, Gratiola ebracteata. Vernal pools on the island are particularly interesting. City staff has been monitoring unique plants, water quality, and critters in the vernal pools. Each time we visit the island we find several new species! Join us on this trip and help discover more!

Willamette Riverkeeper will be providing use of canoes, PFD's, and paddles free of charge. No paddling experience is necessary. If you have your own boat and plan to bring it along please let us know when you register.

Bring warm layers, rain gear, close toed shoes, water, and a snack. If you plan to bring a camera or phone it would be best to have it stored in a water tight dry bag.

REGISTER HERE

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Trashy Tuesday
Apr
18
11:30am11:30am

Trashy Tuesday

What: "Trashy Tuesday" recurring river clean up (2nd Tuesday of the month)

When: Tuesday, 4/18 from 11:30am to 1:30pm

Where: meet the the SE Portland Boathouse Dock

Register: email kate@willametteriverkeeper.org

Get your hands dirty and make a difference! Join us at the recently improved Portland Boathouse dock, and help us pick up trash in the central part of Portland along the Willamette. Park in the 2 hour visitor parking spaces near the building, on the street, or ride your bike. 

Reserve a seat in one of our canoes, or bring your own boat. We will provide trash bags, non latex gloves, and trash pickers. Dress for the weather and paddling (layers, boots, and rain gear). We will spend about an hour or so on the water. 

 

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Paddle to Restore Ross Island
Apr
15
8:30pm 8:30pm

Paddle to Restore Ross Island

Celebrate Earth Month 2017 by joining Willamette Riverkeeper and Portland Parks & Recreation on Saturday, April 15th for our spring work party on Ross Island. You'll have an opportunity to give back to your Willamette river and learn more about our work to restore this unique urban wildlife refuge.   

What: We'll spend the morning canoeing out to Ross Island to help improve wildlife habitat by planting hand pulling garlic mustard. Bring your own canoe or kayak or reserve a place on one of our canoes at no cost. No paddling experience necessary. Canoes, PFDs, paddles, and basic instruction will be provided. 

Registation will open at 8:15 am. Volunteers should arrive by 8:30 am the latest to check in and gear up for a 9:00 am launch. Please be prompt as we will not hold up the group to accommodate you if you are late! 

Where: The group will meet in the gravel lot above the river access ramp, next to the Portland Boathouse parking lot (1515 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97214). 
 
Bring: Dress appropriately for the weather (such as a rain coat, rain pants and warm layers). Tall rubber boots, work well for walking around the island. Bring water, snacks, and a brown bag lunch. Willamette Riverkeeper will provide work gloves. 

REGISTER HERE

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River Discovery Paddle Trip: Scappoose Bay
Mar
25
9:30am 9:30am

River Discovery Paddle Trip: Scappoose Bay

Join us as we explore the lowest reach of the Willamette system- Scappoose Bay!

Where: meet at Scappoose Bay Marina

When: Saturday, March 25th, meet at 9:30am - about 1:30pm

Details: Breaking from the mainstem Willamette a few miles before the confluence with the Columbia, Multnomah Channel eventually spills into the low, tidal estuary of Scappoose Bay. Adjacent to Sauvie Island National Wildlife Area, the bay teems with wildlife. Here juvenile salmonids seek refuge from strong river currents before migrating to the ocean, and bald eagles, herons, and tundra swans grace the skies. Scappoose also claims a compelling Northwest history that includes thriving Chinook villages, Lewis and Clark, and the Hudson Bay Company. We'll explore the Bay's many back channels as the water levels allow, and visit the remains of an old wooden ship.  

Bring: $5 for the Marina parking fee, your camera, binoculars, water, lunch, and a hot drink. Dress WARM; tall rubber boots are suggested to keep your feet warm and dry. It can be very muddy here when stepping out of your boat. We also recommed packing a hat, gloves, extra warm/dry layers. Splash wear such as a rain coat and pants with fleece underlayers is a good choice for those using our canoes.

Need a Boat? Riverkeeper canoes are available upon request for $20 (per canoe) for non-members, or FREE for current members. You must recruit your own paddling partner.  

BYOBoat? Non-members are welcome to participate with a $10 donation, or choose to become an active Riverkeeper member for a one time fee of just $35. 

Your support makes our work and outreach possible! Become become a member today!

Register for this trip HERE

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River Discovery Paddle Trip: Bridges + Big Ships
Jan
28
10:00am10:00am

River Discovery Paddle Trip: Bridges + Big Ships

What: Join us for a fascinating and seldom paddled stretch of the Willamette! Enjoy a rare opportunity to admire Portland's iconic bridges and huge ships from a unique perspective, while learning more about historic riverside industries, and todays Superfund challenges. 

When: Saturday, 1/28, from 10:00am - about 2:00pm

Details: We'll launch from the SE Portland Boathouse and will paddle 7.5 miles downstream, passing under eight historic bridges (including the Hawthorne, Morrison, Burnside, Steel, Broadway, Fremont, Union Pacific Railroad, and St. Johns Bridges), ending our trip at Cathedral Park

Meet at the SE Portland Boathouse (1515 SE Water Avenue, Portland) in the parking lot just above the boat ramp. Please arrive around 9:30am as we aim to launch no later than 10:00am. Participants should be comfortable paddling for 2-3 hours in current. There are no restrooms along this stretch. Dress appropriately for *cold* and wet weather (bring hats, gloves, pack a spare set of dry clothes and extra warm layers! We will have extra dry bags on hand). Be smart about how you equip your feet: thick wool or fleece socks and warm rubber/waterproof boots are a good idea. Also bring water, snacks, lunch, a hot drink, and perhaps your camera.

Shuttle: Riverkeeper is offering a limited shuttle service from the take-out, back to the SE Portland Boathouse. You must reserve a seat in our shuttle in advance. We welcome participants to make their own shuttle arrangements as well. We expect to reach the take out sometime between 1:30pm and 2:00pm. The shuttle can take approximately 25-40 minutes (one way). Shuttle fee is $10.

Need a Boat? Riverkeeper canoes are available upon request. You must recruit your own paddling partner.  

Register online HERE

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Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Dec
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Wild & Scenic Film Festival

Join us Thursday, December 1st when we'll host the 2016 Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the  Hollywood Theater in Portland! Featuring 12 inspiring films.  Doors open at 6:oopm, film program begins at 7:00pm. Advance ticket sales are available at the Portland REI customer service kiosk for $10 beginning Tuesday, 11/8. Otherwise, tickets will be $12 at the door. 

Considered one of the nation's premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, this year's films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

Best of all, this is a benefit for Willamette Riverkeeper! Each ticket includes one raffle entry (when you provide your email on the back of the ticket stub), and we have some amazing prizes from REI, Patagonia, Keen, and more. Our grand raffle prize will be a beautiful, cedar strip sea kayak!

 

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Paddle + Planting on Ross Island
Nov
12
8:30am 8:30am

Paddle + Planting on Ross Island

Enjoy a beautiful fall day on your Willamette River exploring the shoreline and interior of Ross Island in partnership with Riverkeeper and Portland Parks & Recreation. We'll paddle to the island, pick up liter from the gravel beaches, and plant some native plants. 

Meet in the SW corner of the parking lot at the Portland Boathouse at 1515 SE Water Ave. Bring plenty of water, warm layers, rain protection, rain boots or shoes that can get wet, snacks and a brown bag lunch.

Register HERE 

 

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Floodplain Forest Clean Up @ Willamette Mission
Oct
13
10:00am10:00am

Floodplain Forest Clean Up @ Willamette Mission

Give back to your Willamette River and learn more about our work to restore the floodplain forests of Willamette Mission State Park! Enjoy a morning of exploring the established forest while we look for tires and trash that have washed in with flood events over the past century.

We'll meet in the Filbert Grove Day Use Area Parking lot at Willamette Mission State Park. Parking will be free for volunteers. Bring plenty of water, warm layers, clothes that can get dirty, rain protection, rain boots or shoes that can get wet, and snacks. We'll provide gloves.

Register HERE to volunteer 

 

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Great Willamette Clean Up
Oct
1
8:00am 8:00am

Great Willamette Clean Up

Get Dirty For Good with Willamette Riverkeeper and a host of partners and sponsors for our 8th annual river-wide, on-the-water trash clean up. This event includes numerous paddling and land based clean up locations. Many sites will offer seats in rafts, canoes, kayaks, and on SUP boards for volunteers for free! Review our sites and REGISTER HERE

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Floodplain Forest Bike Tour at Willamette Mission State Park
Sep
17
9:00am 9:00am

Floodplain Forest Bike Tour at Willamette Mission State Park

Join Restoration Coordinator, Marci Krass, along with our partners at Oregon State Parks for a morning bike tour of our landscape scale floodplain reforestation project that is currently working to restore over 600 acres of habitat at Willamette Mission State Park.  

This natural area is located just 20 min north of Salem on the banks of the Willamette River.  One of the most significant and beautiful historic sites in the Willamette Valley, this park also boasts one of the largest tracts of floodplain forest.  Using the paved and mulched trails we'll bike through the North Forest (75 acres) and Beaver Island (207 acres) management units.  Learn more about floodplain forest habitat and the important role it provides for diverse fish and wildlife species.  

We'll meet at the Filbert Grove Picnic Shelter at 9:00 am.  Following the bike ride you are invited to join us back at the Filbert Grove Picnic Shelter for a brown bag picnic lunch.  Families are welcome.  REGISTER HERE

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Greenway/Straub Paddle - 50 Years  - Wallace Marine Park to Wheatland
Sep
10
9:30am 9:30am

Greenway/Straub Paddle - 50 Years - Wallace Marine Park to Wheatland

Join Willamette Riverkeeper, Oregon State Parks and Recreation and other partners in this paddle trip from Wallace Marine Park to Wheatland in celebration of the 50th Anniversary since Governor Bob Straub first proposed the Willamette River Greenway.  

We'll meet at 9:30am at Wallace Marine Park, launching from the gravel bar by 10:00am.  Use your own boat, or reserve a canoe, a shuttle will be provided at the take-out back to Wallace Marine.  There are no fees to reserve a boat, or participate.  To register, email Kate@willametteriverkeeper.org 

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Superfund Public Forum
Aug
31
7:00pm 7:00pm

Superfund Public Forum

Join us, along with our community partners, for a forum on the EPA's proposed Superfund cleanup plan for Portland Harbor at Unite Oregon (700 N. Killingsworth).

Dr. Peter deFur, an environmental scientist with experience and expertise in the fields of ecological and human health risk assessment, toxicology, and contaminated site clean-up, will review EPA's plan and provide his analysis of it.  

This event is timed before the Sept. 6 deadline for submitting public comments on the EPA's proposal.   

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Paddle to Restore Ross Island
Jul
20
5:00pm 5:00pm

Paddle to Restore Ross Island

Enjoy a beautiful summer evening on your Willamette River exploring the shoreline of Ross Island by canoe with Willamette Riverkeeper in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation and the Audubon Society of Portland.  We’ll paddle to the island, pick up litter from the gravel beaches, and look for signs of wildlife. We will meet in the SW corner of the parking lot at the Portland Boathouse at 1515 SE Water Ave. Bring plenty of water, a warm layer, sun protection, a brown bag dinner, snacks, and close-toed shoes. Register here!

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Superfund Happy Hour Tour- Sunset
Jul
19
7:30pm 7:30pm

Superfund Happy Hour Tour- Sunset

Join Willamette Riverkeeper, the Audubon Society of Portland, and our friends at Occidental Brewing, as we host a Superfund Happy Hour Tour aboard the Portland Spirit's “Explorer” vessel.

Narrated by Travis Williams, Riverkeeper & Executive Director of Willamette Riverkeeper, and Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director of the Audubon Society of Portland, this 1 hour cruise will introduce you to your river’s greatest challenge- rectifying 150 years of industrial activity and the legacy pollutants contaminating your river today. Explore the heart of this polluted reach, learn why the EPAs Draft Cleanup Plan falls short, and what action you can take to help. Buy your ticket today $10, limited seats are available.

REGISTER HERE

 

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Superfund Happy Hour Tour- Early Bird
Jul
19
6:15pm 6:15pm

Superfund Happy Hour Tour- Early Bird

Join Willamette Riverkeeper, the Audubon Society of Portland, and our friends at Occidental Brewing, as we host a Superfund Happy Hour Tour aboard the Portland Spirit's “Explorer” vessel.

Narrated by Travis Williams, Riverkeeper & Executive Director of Willamette Riverkeeper, and Bob Sallinger, Conservation Director of the Audubon Society of Portland, this 1 hour cruise will introduce you to your river’s greatest challenge- rectifying 150 years of industrial activity and the legacy pollutants contaminating your river today. Explore the heart of this polluted reach, learn why the EPAs Draft Cleanup Plan falls short, and what action you can take to help. Buy your ticket today, limited seats are available.

REGISTER HERE

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Aquatic Invasive Paddle + Pull
Jul
16
9:30am 9:30am

Aquatic Invasive Paddle + Pull

Join Willamette Riverkeeper and Benton SWCD in our effort to protect fish and wildlife habitat while we paddle on the Willamette between Michael’s Landing in Corvallis and Hyak County Park upstream of Albany.  We’ll spend the day learning about the threat aquatic invasive plants pose for water quality and habitat on the Willamette River. Our stewardship project will focus on hand pulling Water Primrose (Ludwigia spp).  Bring your own boat or reserve a space in a Willamette Riverkeeper canoe. For this trip please plan to bring along plenty of water, a warm layer, sun protection, brown bag lunch, and snacks. Register here!

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Aquatic Invasive Workshop + Paddle
Jun
28
9:30am 9:30am

Aquatic Invasive Workshop + Paddle

Join Willamette Riverkeeper, Benton SWCD, and other members of the Willamette Aquatic Invasive Network for a hands-on workshop on the Willamette River in the Albany Reach. Land managers, scientists, and concerned citizens are working together throughout the Willamette Basin to address the growing issue of aquatic invasives.  Workshop participants will learn to identify and survey for aquatic weeds while paddling between Hyak and Bowman Parks.  The Willamette River supports diverse native plant and wildlife populations and provides clean water to Oregonians. Learn about ways to identify, report, and control aquatic invasive species found on the Willamette River and it’s tributaries.  Bring your own boat or reserve a space in a Willamette Riverkeeper canoe. Water Weed Field Guide provided. Bring plenty of water, a warm layer, sun protection, brown bag lunch, snacks, and close-toed shoes. Register here!

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Paddle to Restore Ross Island
Jun
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Paddle to Restore Ross Island

Enjoy a beautiful summer evening on your Willamette River exploring the shoreline of Ross Island by canoe with Willamette Riverkeeper in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation and the Audubon Society of Portland.  We’ll paddle to the island, pick up litter from the gravel beaches, and look for signs of wildlife. We will meet in the SW corner of the parking lot at the Portland Boathouse at 1515 SE Water Ave. Bring plenty of water, a warm layer, sun protection, a brown bag dinner, snacks, and close-toed shoes. Register here!

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Virtual Tour of the Willamette Water Trail @ REI Portland
Jun
15
6:30pm 6:30pm

Virtual Tour of the Willamette Water Trail @ REI Portland

Enjoy a virtual paddle trip down the nationally recognized Willamette River Water Trail Kate Ross of Willamette Riverkeeper. Learn about brand new water trail sites and how you can plan your own multi-day paddling adventure. Gain insight on how Willamette water quality has improved, what challenges the river faces today and how you can help. Kate will also share details on the WRK annual event, Paddle Oregon. Register here!

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