Willamette River Report Card


Middle River Report Card Overview

The Willamette River was recently graded a B– over­all by the Willamette River Initiative’s first report card, with the mid­dle and upper sec­tions of the river scor­ing a grade of B. This is a result of many efforts up and down the river, but we are proud of our efforts at the North San­tiam Water­shed Coun­cil (NSWC) as being part of the solu­tion to make the river a healthy home for our com­mu­nity and local wildlife.

Since 1995, the NSWC has been work­ing to improve water qual­ity and habi­tat con­di­tions in the North San­tiam Water­shed. As a vol­un­teer, non­govern­men­tal advi­sory group, we work hand-in-hand with our part­ners and sup­port­ers includ­ing local agen­cies, schools, landown­ers, indus­tries and busi­nesses. Many of us live, work and play along­side, or within just a few min­utes of, the rivers and streams that flow into the Willamette — so we know first-hand how impor­tant it is to have clean water, healthy stream­side con­di­tions and thriv­ing fish pop­u­la­tions for our kids and grand­kids to con­tinue enjoy­ing in the future.

A com­plex river like the Willamette calls for solu­tions on a large scale, such as restor­ing flood­plain forests and clean­ing up Port­land Har­bor. But indi­vid­ual actions mat­ter too. Today we invite you to take action to make a dif­fer­ence to the health of our rivers and streams, and help raise the grade of the Willamette. Vol­un­teer with us, at one of our events, or through­out the year. And don’t stop there–take your efforts to help the river back to your home. There are sim­ple steps that you can take to keep the river clean–and ensure it stays that way:

  • Reduce the amount of toxic chem­i­cals you use at home. Choose safer clean­ing products.
  • Choose alter­na­tives to toxic lawn care products.
  • Learn about com­mon haz­ardous prod­ucts and how to dis­pose of them properly.
  • Drop off your unused med­ica­tions at an appro­pri­ate site instead of flush­ing them down the toi­let or toss­ing them in the garbage.
  • Clean up after your pets to reduce the intro­duc­tion of harm­ful bac­te­ria to the river. Pet waste left on the ground con­tributes to runoff that pol­lutes the waterways.
  • Use less water at home. More water left in the sys­tem means bet­ter stream con­di­tions and tem­per­a­tures for sen­si­tive species like salmon.
  • Plant trees and shrubs along stream­banks to pro­vide shade and fil­ter runoff.

Down­load your own copy of the Willamette River Initiative’s report card by click­ing here, and be sure to visit our web­site to learn about more ways to get involved with the North San­tiam Water­shed Coun­cil. Together we can ensure our grade in the next report card is even higher.

Click HERE to Down­load the 2015 Willamette River Report Card