Willamette River Initiative

Helping improve the health of the Willamette River and its tributaries

About WRI (2010-19)

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. In 2019, Meyer helped launch a new community-led Willamette River Network to broaden and continue this work in 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.

A final assessment on the impact of the Initiative will be released in 2020. Please check back or visit willametteinitiative.org for updates.

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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