State officials are testing water from a stretch of the Willamette River near downtown Portland. The tests come after a trail of scum appeared in the river between Ross Island and the Fremont Bridge.
A national fuel storage company has leased a former asphalt plant on the Willamette River with plans to use it as a rail and marine terminal for crude oil.
New plans for a former paper mill site south of Portland would restore public access to one of the largest waterfalls in the country for the first time in 100 years.
A boat crew armed with seal bombs and shotguns loaded with firecrackers will be back on the Willamette River this year trying to keep sea lions from chowing down on salmon bottled up at Willamette Falls.
A conservation group is threatening to sue two pulp mills in the Willamette Valley for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act. OPB’s Vince Patton was paddling with the Riverkeeper director when the water suddenly turned dark brown.
The Northwest Environmental Defense Center has put Vigor Industrial on a 60-day notice, threatening to sue if the shipyard does not curb its stormwater discharges that contain zinc and copper.
A council of tribal and federal officials released a draft plan Monday, charting a course toward a cleaner northern Willamette River.
PORTLAND -- The Zidell Waterfront hazardous cleanup project should be complete by the end of October. That's the deadline for finishing in-water remediation because after that time, endangered salmon and steelhead trout become more plentiful in the Willamette River.
The Portland harborfront's toxic legacy makes it a proving ground for new methods of cleaning up Superfund sites. One approach that uses clay to cap toxins has proven a model for other clean-up sites to follow.
The number of swimmers doubles predictions for The Big Float in Portland. The event, meant to raise awareness of the Willamette's improving health, benefited from a rain-free weekend that helped keep the sewer system from overflowing into the river.
The Willamette's decades of use as a place to discharge waste and toxins has sullied its reputation and kept swimmers from its shores. But is it still unsafe for people to splash in? Close to one thousand people are prepared for The Big Float to challenge that conventional wisdom.