Willamette River Initiative — a place-based strategy to improve the health of the Willamette and its tributaries — was a 10-year commitment by Meyer Memorial Trust to ensure a healthy river system that is able to adapt to changing conditions and long-term impacts, including climate change.
Willamette River Initiative’s grantmaking ended in March 2019 and the initiative is building a community-led Willamette River network to sustain momentum and support for a healthy Willamette River system into the future.
Building on the successes of WRI, the Willamette River network will remain a champion for river restoration while engaging a broader set of partners and projects in support of river health, clean water and community well-being. Diversity, equity and inclusion will be woven deeply into its mission.
Rallying Around a River
Over the past seven years, through the WRI, Meyer has invested more than $10 million in grant funding and provided crucial backbone services in support of actions to improve the health of the river.
Growing a Restoration Economy
A long-term commitment from WRI, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Bonneville Power Administration and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation has empowered basin conservation workers to tackle larger, more ambitious restoration projects.