Feb. 4, 1991: Someone finally has enough of all that crap in the Willamette…

40th Anniversary
Not a lot of people went swimming in the Willamette River. Portland’s century-old sewers had been designed to let rainwater running off streets mingle with what gets flushed down toilets. Even   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 BRENT WALTH

Dr. Know: So is the Willamette River safe or not?

Dr. Know
At the south end of the Eastbank Esplanade, people lie in the sun and swim in the river, endorsed by WW. At the north end of the Esplanade, a sign says not to eat fish caught in the river. Who shoul   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Current Trends

Can you float against the current in the Willamette?

Dr. Know
I recently floated the Willamette from Oaks Park to the Sellwood Bridge. Soon after, I found myself in a vicious bar argument with a friend who swears I couldn’t have floated north to south,   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Waterfront Blues Festival Boaters and City Of Portland Parks and Recreation Clash Over Dock Rules

North Breakwater Dock

It’s been a holiday tradition: Willamette River boaters within a stone’s throw from Waterfront Blues Festival’s South stage, jockeying for position as they claim their territory for the four-day event. Boats—from yachts to skiffs—sometimes arrive weeks early for the event, trying to hold space at anchor or along the North Breakwater public dock, just south of the Hawthorne Bridge.But this ...   More
Monday, June 30, 2014 SAMI EDGE

Dr. Know: Land Bridge Willamette

What would it take to freeze the Willamette River over?

Dr. Know
All this snow and ice reminded me of those old pictures where people are driving across the Willamette in their Model T’s. How cold would it have to get for me to drive my Civic across the river   More
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Voices 2014: Bring Urban Beaches To The Willamette

Will Levenson, founder of Human Access Project

News Stories
A beach in the middle of Portland? Will Levenson wants three of them. Until a couple of years ago, it would have been a ridiculous thought: Regular sewage overflows had Portlanders viewing the W   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

EPA Suspends $125,500 Fine on Portland Harbor Companies


Companies expected to pay for a Superfund cleanup of the Portland Harbor have $125,500 less to worry about.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off from fining those companies for dragging their feet on reporting the risk people face by eating contaminated Willamette River fish.The EPA on Monday told the companies it is suspending the fines it began issuing last summer—on the condition ...   More
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Headout: An Ode to the Big Pipe

It took $1.4 Billion to change our stream from open sewer to clean blue dream.

Stretching out deep underground, it works to keep our river clean while swimmers race, tubers chain round: Willamette’s hero, unheard, unseen. Now as it helps us enjoy summer o’er a diseased    More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 RICHARD GRUNERT

Dr. Know: Fine Feathered Feces

Does goose poop represent a significant health threat?

Dr. Know
Let’s talk goose poop: Every park and walkway near the Willamette River is covered with the stuff. Is it any health threat to people and pets? —Thomas C. Before I answer, I’d like to formal   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 MARTY SMITH


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