Hello Willamette Friends -
People always ask us, "well, don't things slow down as you get through the Summer and into the Fall?" Oh, if only that were so!
It seems these days our programs are fully engaged nearly year-round. The last three months saw us getting hundreds of people on the Willamette River in canoes and kayaks to see and experience it, including completing our 18th Paddle Oregon event! It also saw us conducting some major freshwater mussel studies and surveys with our partners. We have also been digging in at multiple sites conducting habitat restoration, and cleaning up areas full of garbage and debris. Further, we've been stewarding our own properties as well.
On top of these actives, our staff are involved in multiple projects, from policy issues related to riverside development, investigation of confined animal feeding operations, to the ongoing issues surrounding the Portland Harbor Superfund site. The only way we accomplish this work is by having an excellent team and a cadre of awesome volunteers.
If you are a WR supporter, you should know that it is my feeling WR gets more done for the Willamette ounce per ounce than any other organization. I say this knowing that there are some great partners out there - but here I want to recognize our intrepid crew who works day in and day out for the River. So, thank you Kate, Heather, Marci, Michelle and Richard for your ongoing dedication!
Again, a huge thanks to those of you who spend time with us in the field, actively supporting our team and our mission on behalf of the river! We are very grateful, and many of you are regular contributors, whether it is via invasive weed surveys, or assisting us with Paddle Oregon. If you don't have time to volunteer, consider making a monthly or other financial contribution to Willamette Riverkeeper. We will make those funds count!
See you on the river.
Riverkeeper & Executive Director
Volunteers Needed- Saturday, 10/6
OUR 10TH ANNUAL GREAT WILLAMETTE CLEAN UP NEEDS YOU!
The Great Willamette Clean Up is a river-wide, community day of action. Volunteers participate by canoe, kayak, SUP board, raft, motor boat, drift boat, bike, and foot to free our river of trash and debris while improving habitat and community spirit along the way.
Cleanup sites are posted throughout the basin, and are searchable via our on-line registration. Several regions host post-cleanup celebrations that include lunch, local frothy beverages, raffles, gifts and "trash-talk." You won't want to miss this! Click on the registration button below.
Virtual Water Trail Tour- Tuesday, 9/18
WHAT: Virtual Water Trail Tour
WHEN: Tuesday, 9/18 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm
WHERE: WildCraft Cider Works in Eugene
Come raise a glass with REI and Willamette Riverkeeper - enjoy a "Virtual Water Trail Tour" and help raise money for clean water initiatives on the Willamette River. Travel downstream with Riverkeeper staff member Michelle Emmons, and learn about brand new water trail camp sites, and how to plan your own aquatic adventure. Gain insight on how Willamette water quality has improved, what challenges our river faces today, and how you can help.
Every pint from WildCraft Cider Works will support Willamette Riverkeeper with a $1 donation. Trivia and REI doorprizes too! Don't miss this opportunity to get to know and
REGISTER: Please register for this event with REI HERE
Yoga For Good- Wednesdays in Portland
WHAT: Yoga for good!
WHEN: Wednesdays from 4:30pm - 5:30pm
WHERE: Central Portland (1820 NE 21st Ave)
Our Development Director, Heather King, has many talents-including instructing yoga! She invites you to join her each Wednesday afternoon for an enlightening hour long yoga session.
Everyone, no matter your experience level, is invited and welcome!
The class is a suggested donation of $10 and all money raised will be donated directly to Central Portland, 350PDX and Willamette Riverkeeper
! It is a wonderful way to get past hump day, get your zen on and give back to some amazing organizations!
THANK YOU to all of our incredible volunteers and participants who made Paddle Oregon 2018 such a safe and enjoyable week!
Many of you have already been asking us about next year's trip, so take a moment to bust out your calendars folks and take this note:
August 12 - 16, 2019 -- remember to pack a charismatic mascot for Willamette Riverkeeper's 19th Annual Paddle Oregon Adventure!"
Details and registration will be available in February of 2019 :)