Willie Levenson of the Human Access Project wants people to fall in love with the Willamette River. According to Levenson, a lot of people have written off the Willamette in large part because Portlanders don’t have easy access to the riverfront. One of the major contributing factors is the goose droppings at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, which make it difficult for visitors to sit down and enjoy themselves.
That’s where Geese Guys comes in. Their entire business is to mitigate conflicts between goose populations and city properties in a sustainable manner. In July, Human Access Project partnered with Geese Guys to help reduce the goose population at Waterfront Park and the two groups are in the process of applying for a three-year pilot project with the Parks and Recreation Department.
Are you bothered by the abundance of goose droppings? Does it keep you from going to the park?
- Willie Levenson: Ringleader for the Human Access Project
- Kristen Grompone: President and Co-owner of Geese Guys
- Bob Sallinger: Conservation director for the Audubon Society Portland
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017