October Riverscape 

Get Dirty for Good / Portland GIVE GUIDE 

Our 9th Annual Great Willamette Clean Up is this Saturday, October 7th!
We invite you to jump into this river-wide community day-of-action with us, together with your community, and others, all across the Willamette Valley. There are 27 sites across the basin, where volunteers can register to clean up trash by
 kayak, canoe, SUP board, raft, drift boat, motor boat, jet ski, bike and by foot,  while improving habitat and community spirit along the way.  

This year, 27 cleanupsites are being hosted throughout the entire Willamette basin.
While some of our sites are filled - we still need volunteers to register at the following sites - PLEASE consider registering today! YOUR RIVER THANKS YOU!

Several sites, including the greater Portland area, Corvallis-Albany and Eugene-Springfield, will be hosting family friendly post-cleanup celebrations that include lunch, local frothy beverages, and "trash-talk."  
Portland area sites will gather at Base Camp Brewing for a Pacific Pie Company catered lunch, Corvallis-Albany for a free beverage of choice at Calapooia Brewing, and Eugene-Springfield area sites will gather at Ninkasi Brewing for beverages by Ninkasi, Mountain Rose Herbs, Brew Dr. Kombucha, lunch by Track Town Pizza and great raffle prizes courtesy of local area businesses. 

Willamette Riverkeeper thanks to all of our AMAZING PARTNERS for coordinating and supporting this project - we couldn't do it without you!
Further details are provided for each site in the on-line registration, but here are a few FAQs:

YES:  There are both land-based and on water clean up sites!
NO:  You do not need to own a boat in order to get involved on the water. We have numerous sites where PFDs, paddles, kayaks, canoes, SUPs, and seats-in-rafts are provided by local outfitters and organizations. Participants are also invited to bring their own boats (BYOB) at many sites. Please check specific site registration for more details.
NEW:  This year we welcome three new partners in the southern Willamette Valley area, including; retailer/outfitter Oregon Paddle Sports, who will be leading a BYOB section of river in Eugene from Alton Baker Park to Valley River Boat Ramp and Northwest Canoe Tours, who will be lending boats and lead support at the local Canoe Canal. The Coast Fork Watershed Council will be cleaning up Prospector's Park on the Coast Fork in Cottage Grove. In Portland, we welcome our friends at Paddle People who will be leading an SUP/BYOB effort at the West Linn Cedar Oak Boat Ramp. Two relatively new cleanup and stewardship efforts in Corvallis-Albany include Crystal Lake Park cleanup by land with Corvallis Parks and Recreation, and a multi-throng invasive removal at Bowman Park with the City of Albany and Calapooia Watershed Council. More on these sites here.

Open our REGISTRATION to view a list of clean up opportunities near you.   Participation is FREE!  Invite your friends and family! 

Two NEW opportunities to GIVE to Willamette Riverkeeper! 

Starting October 30th, there will be two NEW ways to give back to Willamette Riverkeeper and help us continue protecting our Willamette River. 

First, Willamette Riverkeeper (WR) has been chosen as a community recipient of Columbia Credit Union's Community Give Back Grant! We have the opportunity to win - but only if YOU VOTE! Each vote for WR is $10, up to $10,000! You can vote for WR once a day, every day, between October 30th and December 15th at Columbia Credit Union's first Oregon-based branch, the Columbia Credit Union Buckman at the Goat Blocks branch, located at  930 SE 10th Ave. Portland, OR 97214.

Second, Willamette Riverkeeper has been accepted into the 2017 Willamette Week Give!Guide. This means that when the Give!Guide comes out on November 1st until when the campaign ends on December 31st, we will be fundraising through the Give!Guide with special incentives for participation by both non-profits and donors! Incentives come in two forms; donor who give between $10 and $999 will receive an access code to Chinook Book discounts and donors who give $1,000 and above will receive incentive bags delivered right to their homes! And this doesn't even mention the Big Give Days, where you will be entered into a raffle for any donation amount. (The prizes are really something special each day!) There are six Big Give Days this year, which means there's a lot of opportunity to win when you give back before the year is over. 

Give to Willamette Riverkeeper and help ensure protection
for YOUR river for years to come!
For more information, please email Willamette Riverkeeper Development Coordinator, Madeleine Brown.

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