Attracting new resources for river health

Over nine years of successful restoration work, collective planning and action backed by WRI and our partners, the Willamette Basin restoration community has gained a reputation for experience, efficiency and effectiveness in pursuit of a healthier river system. That reputation has made this community an attractive partner for people and groups interested in investing in river health. Examples include:

Fish nets dip into the water during a restoration project at Staley Creek in the Middle Fork Willamette watershed.
  • The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board has committed $7.2 million from 2016 through 2021 to support a coalition of Willamette conservation groups conducting large-scale restoration on the mainstem Willamette.
  • The Bonneville Power Administration has committed nearly $36 million through 2023 to WRI grantees for land acquisition and restoration on the mainstem Willamette.
  • One Tree Planted, a Vermont-based nonprofit focused on reforestation, invested $85,000 in Willamette Basin habitat restoration in the winter of 2017-18, working with our partners at the Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF) to direct the funds to WRI grantees who agreed to plant and nurture native trees and shrubs until they’re strong enough to grow unaided.
  • The Arbor Day Foundation has contributed more than $118,000 to BEF since 2016 to help Willamette groups purchase trees and shrubs for streamside restoration.
  • Corporate partners have contributed more than $500,000 to support Willamette restoration through BEF.

And that’s just the beginning. Emerging partnerships with businesses, government agencies, water utilities and others have the potential to further increase the pace, scale and success of Willamette restoration, setting our river movement on a path toward long-term sustainability.