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Health Advisory Issued For Willamette River

Sept. 17, 2014 3:47 a.m.

State public health officials on Tuesday issued a warning about the water of the Willamette River.

Environment | Water

Cleaning Up Toxic Contaminants In The Willamette River

Nov. 19, 2015 5:37 p.m.

The Portland Harbor was declared a Superfund site in 2000, and some clean up has taken place, but most awaits the final EPA decision, expected in the spring.


Red Bull Ends Festival Early Due To Overcrowding On Willamette River

Aug. 1, 2015 11:57 p.m.

The U.S. Coast Guard has revoked the marina permit for the Red Bull Flugtag festival.

News | Recreation | local

Organizers Say Willamette River Is Safe For The Big Float

July 24, 2015 7:45 p.m.

The Big Float on the Willamette River is this weekend and swimmers don't need to worry about toxic algae.

News | Environment | local | Economy | Business

Willamette River Diesel Spill Cleaned Up

Oct. 27, 2015 5:55 p.m.

Coast Guard officials said Tuesday morning that the diesel fuel that spilled in the Willamette River has been cleaned up.

News | Water | local

Route Chosen For Major Pipeline Running Willamette River Water To Hillsboro

March 5, 2015 2:05 a.m.

A route has been determined for a 30-mile pipeline that would feed the city of Hillsboro and other west Portland suburbs with water from the Willamette River.

Environment | local

Health Officials Lift Willamette River Algae Warning

Oct. 2, 2014 10:12 p.m.

The Oregon Health Authority says it's now safe to go in the Willamette River near Portland. It's living a toxic algae warning that's been in place since mid-September.

News | Environment | local | OPB News Blog

Toxic Algae Advisory For Willamette River Considered An Anomaly

Sept. 23, 2014 9:42 p.m.

The toxic blue-green algae in the Willamette River effectively took away the end of summer on part of the waterway. This is the first time OHA has documented a bloom in the Willamette River.

Algae Bloom Tested In Portland's Willamette River

Sept. 17, 2014 9:51 p.m.

State officials are testing water from a stretch of the Willamette River near downtown Portland. The tests come after a trail of scum appeared in the river between Ross Island and the Fremont Bridge.

News | local | Sports | OPB News Blog

Algae Bloom In Willamette River Means No Swimming In Portland Triathlon

Sept. 19, 2014 7:51 p.m.

The Portland Triathlon has been forced to change its course this year due to the toxic scum floating in the Willamette River.

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Slideshow: Jonnel Covault’s Willamette River Series

April 3, 2012 midnight

Since 1995, Jonnel Covault has documented the iconic river through her linocut prints, exploring the Willamette’s bridges, tree-lined banks and rushing water.

Elk Rock in Willamette River

July 11, 2013 5:20 a.m.

Think Out Loud

Willamette River Superfund Site

April 4, 2012 4:06 p.m.

The Willamette River's Superfund site has had a long and contentious history ever since it was designated as a federally-mandated clean-up site back in 2000. Now the Lower Willamette Group has released a feasibility study, which it says has taken many years and $96 million to conduct. The Environmental Protection Agency will look at the various options and recommend a plan over the coming years. The costliest and longest option would be $1.7 billion and take 28 years to complete. We'll find out what happens next, and who decides.

Think Out Loud

Retangling the Willamette River

July 27, 2011 4:15 p.m.

The Willamette River looked much different 160 years ago. According to historical mapping (pdf) conducted by Stan Gregory, a researcher at Oregon State, and others, there used to be more islands, more side channels and a more consistent connection between the river and its floodplain. But that "wildness" was largely contained to allow farmers to grow crops closer to the river without fear of flooding. River traffic benefited, too. Travis Williams, the executive director of Willamette Riverkeeper, thinks the Willamette River has become too straight and too simple. He says that it's time to reconnect the Willamette River with its traditional floodplain. According to Williams, changes would benefit sensitive species by increasing habitat. He says that people can benefit from the changes, too. That's because increasing the ground area available to a river can mitigate the effects of extreme flooding. But some farmers with frontage on the Willamette don't like the idea of retangling the river. Randy Henderson, the owner of Thistledown Farm, says that this will result in lost farmland. And with increasing pressure on farms to give way to development, it's a sensitive subject.

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Elk Rock in Willamette River

Feb. 2, 1999 3:30 a.m.

Tiny Elk Rock Island, in the Willamette River just south of downtown, was once a mountain.

News | Environment | local | Think Out Loud

Willamette River Cleanup Plan | On The Road: US Route 395

June 15, 2016 3:39 p.m.

We learn about the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft clean-up plan for the Willamette River Superfund site. And we take you on a radio road trip down route 395 from Pendleton to John Day.

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5 Musical Acts To See At Portland's Waterfront Blues Fest

July 1, 2016 2 p.m.

The annual Waterfront Blues Fest returns to Portland, bringing with it some of the world's best musicians to the banks of the Willamette River.

Oregon Field Guide

Willamette Water Quality

Feb. 2, 1997 3:30 a.m.

It's not the public health hazard it once was, but the Willamette River still isn't clean.

Oregon Field Guide

Fish Deformities

Feb. 2, 2002 3:30 a.m.

An increasing number of deformed fish are turning up in the Willamette River.

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