We believe that sustained, collaborative investment in Oregon's Willamette River and its tributaries can lead to meaningful, measurable gains in river health.
Charting a course for a healthier Willamette River system

Since 2008, the Willamette River Initiative has worked with partners throughout the region to improve the scope, scale, coordination and effectiveness of Willamette restoration and protection. Yet even after more than 9 years of progress, there is more work to be done.

With continued effort, we can secure the achievements made since this initiative began, while rising to meet new challenges. That's why we're building a Network to support the next era of investment in river health. Our future >

Achieving more together

WRI's strategic, long-term support has helped our partners make strides toward a healthier, more vibrant Willamette and a stronger restoration field. Track their progress.

Why this approach?

A healthy Willamette River system is crucial to the Oregon way of life. But our river needs stewardship to continue providing for Oregonians into the future.

With continued investment in a collaborative vision for a healthy Willamette River system, we can tackle the problems of the present while rising to meet new challenges.

River stories

What does it take to restore a river? Learn more about the people behind this work, the landscapes they've touched and the passion they bring to this river movement.

The latest from WRI
A blueprint for our future
Sharing a blueprint for the future

With nearly a decade of experience to guide us, WRI and our partners are shifting our gaze to the future. We're excited to unveil the blueprint for a new way to support long-term progress in our river basin: The Willamette River Network.

Portland Harbor Community Coalition
Envisioning a healthy river for all

We envision a river health movement that is effective and relevant to all the Willamette Basin’s diverse communities, and where the benefits and impacts of river health are shared equitably among all.

Meyer CEO Michelle J. DePass
Welcome new Meyer CEO Michelle J. DePass

We are excited that a national leader in the environmental justice movement is taking the helm of Meyer Memorial Trust! Michelle J. DePass became Meyer's new CEO April 30. She replaces Doug Stamm, Meyer's leader of 16 years. Welcome, Michelle!

Collaborating for greater impact

Strong partnerships are the backbone of this initiative. WRI works with dozens of organizations throughout the region to achieve shared goals for the river.