Many of us have a story about what makes the Willamette special to us. At December’s Within Our Reach conference, dozens of members of the Willamette community shared theirs on-camera.
Their stories reflect the many benefits provided by the largest waterway within Oregon’s borders. The Willamette is sustenance for family farms. A place for learning. A source of cultural and spiritual connection. A good spot for a summer swim.
Watch the video below to hear four Willamette Basin residents discuss why this river system matters to them. Then, tweet @W_R_I or tag us on Facebook with the hashtag #whythewillamette to share your own reasons why in one to two sentences. You can also email us your response if you’re not the tweeting type. We’ll share responses on social media as part of a public effort to spread love for the Willamette.