The Willamette River Initiative’s focused, collaborative, long-term model of investment in river restoration has enabled our partners to accomplish more for the river.
Our partners are restoring Willamette Basin habitat at a pace and scale never seen before.
Not only are our partners doing more work, they're doing it more strategically.
"Because we have these collaborations at the local and regional levels, more people are on the river doing outreach and education events, working on treatments and meeting regularly, and we’re able to identify new aquatic invasives much earlier, before weeds have spread everywhere. The earlier we know about a problem, the easier it is to deal with."
-- Melissa Lemein, River Restoration and Invasive Species Program Coordinator, Benton Soil and Water Conservation District
Increased alignment and coordination have enabled our partners to conquer big regional challenges.
Our grantees' reputation for effectiveness has attracted new partners and resources to the Willamette River health movement.
WRI is committed to creating a stronger, more effective and resilient Willamette River movement by supporting efforts that advance equity, diversity, inclusion and fairness within our river community. We have provided equity-focused learning and capacity-building support for more than a dozen mainstream conservation organizations, as well as capacity and project funding for groups working toward environmental justice and equity.
This progress is just the beginning. Learn how you can play a role in securing a healthy Willamette River system long into the future.