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

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News
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.


Headout
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

Take Me to the River: Spring Chinook Fishermen

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News
Reader David Schaerer writes:Last week’s feature on Portraits of the Willamette left out the most avid group of river users – spring chinook fisherman. On any given day in April and May there are hundreds of “springer” fishermen on the Willamette angling for the most prized salmon in the Western Hemisphere. To neglect this spring ritual is like writing a story on Portland’s weather and ...   More
 
Thursday, May 10, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Hobo Pirates of the North Willamette: On Bluesy Tides

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Music
On shore, the Waterfront Blues Festival is a mellow time. Last weekend's party celebrated the Blues, the city of Portland, and a warm summer weekend. The lazy summer sun hung overhead as much of the crowd sits back in their camping chairs and having a few beers. Inside Tom McCall Waterfront Park, seating areas are well-marked, the porta-johns immaculate, and the smoking section clearly designated. ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Headout: Toobin’ Willamette


Headout
 Click on the image below for a larger version!ILLUSTRATION: quickhoney.comGO: The Big Float is Sunday, July 29. Register between 10 am and noon at the east side of the Hawthorne Bridge. $5.    More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 WW Culture Staff

Willamette River is Cootie-Free and Beach-Ready

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News
Forget your fears of growing a third arm on contact with the Willamette River. According to Will Levenson, one of the organizers of The Big Float on July 29, the river is “scientifically 100 percent safe for people swimming in it.”It's so safe, Levenson says, that he's petitioned the city of Portland Parks and Recreation to create a swimming beach at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park.The idea of ...   More
 
Monday, July 16, 2012 FIONA NOONAN

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