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River Discovery Program

A big part of the mission of Willamette Riverkeeper is to inform, involve and connect Oregonians with the Willamette River. They do that by providing opportunities for residents to get out on the river and know it firsthand through guided, educational or service-based experiences. Find out more about the group's River Discovery Program and upcoming opportunities to get out on the river.

Geomorphological Research and Mapping of the Willamette - Phase 1

For this project, Benton SWCD acts as a fiscal sponsor for the Oregon Water Science Center (OWSC) of the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The project seeks to identify major geomorphic issues related to channel, riparian, and floodplain conditions and processes; assess the current state of knowledge on these issues; and provide a plan for addressing gaps in geomorphic knowledge about the Willamette.

Geomorphological Research and Mapping of the Willamette - Phase 2

For this project, Benton SWCD acts as a fiscal sponsor for the Oregon Water Science Center (OWSC) of the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The project seeks to identify major geomorphic issues related to channel, riparian, and floodplain conditions and processes; assess the current state of knowledge on these issues; and provide a plan for addressing gaps in geomorphic knowledge about the Willamette.

Study on Strategies for Weed Management

This grant supports OSU researcher Ed Peachey to conduct a 5-year study on controlling and eradicating invasive weeds to prepare sites for native plant restoration. Specifically, the research team will treat small test plots of weeds with different herbicides and application methods. In year two, they will cultivate native plants at the treated sites and monitor their progress to evaluate potential impacts of herbicides on their growth.

Assessing Restoration Potential in the Albany Reach

With this grant, the Calapooia Watershed Council conducted an assessment and prioritization of potential restoration sites in the Albany Reach area of the mainstem Willamette River. Activities included multiple stakeholder meetings, stream reconnaissance surveys with volunteer groups, data research and analysis by the consultant River Design Group, GIS and LiDAR data compilation, and the creation of an action plan and maps identifying and prioritizing restoration/conservation projects.

Half Moon Bend Riparian Restoration

Half Moon Bend Landing is an Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) Willamette River Greenway property in Benton County, located along the mainstem Willamette between Albany and Corvallis. WRI funds support the restoration of 27 acres of previously farmed land that have converted to perennial weeds, creating a void in the surrounding intact bottomland floodplain forest.

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