Willamette River Initiative


Helping improve the health of the Willamette River and its tributaries

About WRI

The Willamette River Initiative — a place-based strategy working to improve the health of the Willamette and its tributaries — is a 10-year commitment by Meyer Memorial Trust to ensure our river system is healthy and able to adapt to changing conditions and long-term impacts.

This strategy depends heavily on the knowledge, practice and coordination of agency and nonprofit restoration efforts. Since launching WRI in 2008, Meyer has awarded more than $18 million in grants to groups working on the river system, while providing critical backbone services to support efforts to restore the Willamette itself and the tributaries that wend from Hills Creek Lake to Scappoose.

Our investments have restored habitat for federally protected salmon, helped combat invasive plants that threaten to damage the ecosystem, and funded the scientific research that helps us understand the largest waterway within Oregon's borders. With long-term collaborative support from WRI and its partners — the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Bonneville Power Administration and Bonneville Environmental Foundation — Willamette Basin restoration groups have planted thousands of acres of new forests while helping hundreds of landowners conserve their working lands.

The Willamette River won the 2012 Thiess International Riverprize for excellence in river basin management, a recognition of our progress toward a healthier river.

WRI is transitioning. Our grantmaking will end in March 2019, and we're building a blueprint to sustain momentum and support for a healthy Willamette River system into the future. Visit www.willametteinitiative.org to learn more about our plans.

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.

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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.

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