WRI Blog Posts
It takes transformative leadership to be a true hero of the river restoration field. As a business owner who makes his living restoring native Willamette Basin habitats, Rosario Franco is quite literally transforming this important watershed, tree-by-tree and acre-by-acre. The Willamette River Initiative is proud to have presented Rosario with the River Hero award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the effort for a healthier Willamette
The Willamette River Initiative is in the midst of a transformation. Our grantees and partners have accomplished much, but our collective quest for a healthy river isn’t complete. So, together with our partners, we’re planning how best to support the next phase of the Willamette restoration and protection movement.
The Willamette River Initiative this fall awarded 24 grants totaling $1.3 million to support a wide range of efforts to improve the health of the Willamette River system and the communities it touches.
The Willamette River Initiative is currently accepting applications for three separate funding opportunities. If you have a project that fits our criteria, we hope you’ll apply.
Meyer’s Willamette River Initiative (WRI) is rooted in a belief that a healthy watershed is crucial to all Oregonians. In pursuit of this goal, WRI is partnering in Meyer’s 2017 annual funding opportunity to fund projects that advance diversity, equity and inclusion within efforts to restore and protect the health of the Willamette River and its tributaries.
One way to gauge commitment to a community-driven restoration initiative: Host a conference in the middle of a snow and ice storm, and see how many people show up. Despite Mother Nature’s curveball, the Willamette River Initiative’s 4th biennial Within Our Reach conference drew a sold-out crowd of nearly 220 people to Oregon State University. Browse our repository of videos, photos and slideshow presentations to relive the event.
Go inside a typical day for the people behind the muddy, demanding physical labor to restore the Willamette River Basin’s floodplain forests.
A Meyer-funded coalition of people and groups united in pursuit of a strong, equitable cleanup of the Willamette River Superfund site scored a key victory this winter, when federal officials nearly doubled the amount of carcinogen-tainted sediment they plan to remove from the river bottom.