Clean Drinking Water for All
The Willamette Basin is a hard-working western river system. Over two-thirds of the state’s population lives in this 11,460 square mile region, a million plus acres are farmed and the Basin includes three-quarters of the state’s economic activity.
And, like other river systems, the health of this Basin is deteriorating from the factors we’re all familiar with: a rapidly warming climate, increasing population, pesticide runoff, and outdated reservoir operations.
Two years ago, Carpe Diem West along with our partners at Eugene Water & Electric Board, Willamette Basin water utilities, hazelnuts growers, NGOs, public agencies and the Willamette River Initiative, started looking at what was possible for protecting clean drinking water in the region.
After two years of interviews, surveys, analysis, et al, our Willamette Future Project has released its final report on moving forward.
The result: three strategies – an initiative with the Oregon Hazelnut Growers to reduce pesticides; a resource center for cities and utilities to deal with toxic algae outbreaks; and, an emergency response spill communications plan.
The release of our report is happening at the same time as the launch of the Willamette River Network – the group that will help carry this plan forward.
November 18, 2019