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Content Area: Conservation, Environment Award Date: Jul 1 2009 Grant Amount: 141000.00 Reason For Grant: To create a model watershed plan City: Tangent County: Linn State: OR
Content Area: Conservation, Environment Award Date: Mar 1 2009 Grant Amount: 35398.00 Reason For Grant: For the Lukiamute Watershed Council-Luckiamute Natural Area Restoration. City: Tangent County: Linn State: OR
Content Area: Conservation, Environment Award Date: Feb 1 2009 Grant Amount: 10000.00 Reason For Grant: To create a model watershed plan. City: Tangent County: Linn State: OR
Content Area: Conservation, Environment Award Date: Nov 1 2008 Grant Amount: 196258.00 Reason For Grant: To improve fish habitat and restore natural ecologic conditions to the Willamette River near Willamette Mission State Park. City: Portland County: Multnomah State: OR
You may notice we have a new look for spring. Welcome to our new website. We hope you feel at home here. Spring is a universal metaphor for the start of better times. And this year, opportunities for growth seem especially appealing.
Though an aerial view looks pastoral and serene, the Willamette River has been identified as one of the country's ten most endangered rivers. The river is one of Oregon's defining features and the Willamette Valley is the state's primary economic center and home to 70% of Oregonians. Meyer Memorial Trust's Willamette River Initiative looks to achieve meaningful measureable improvements in the health of the river and tributaries by 2015. Photo Credit: Willamette Riverkeeper (copyright held by Willamette Riverkeeper and not included in MMT's Creative Commons license of website content)
Strategy I: Mainstem Willamette The first strategy, an innovative partnership with the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB), will leverage MMT funds with state lottery proceeds to support projects aimed at restoring channel complexity and floodplain connectivity along the mainstem Willamette and the lower reaches of its larger tributaries. These ecological objectives have been widely recognized as key to improving the health and resiliency of the river.
MMT identified the Willamette River as a key focus area for many reasons. The Willamette Basin, the large watershed drained by the river, is home to over two-thirds of Oregon's population and the source of 75% of its economic output. The river itself, by volume the 13th largest in the nation, is one of the defining features of the state's geography and, in western Oregon, an important contributor to our sense of place. The Willamette and its tributaries are located entirely within Oregon's boundaries, so its destiny is largely in the hands of Oregonians.