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


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


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

 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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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

Hobo Pirates of the Willamette: At Preparation's End

Bluesfest is here and Finger the "Partial Pirate" is ready.


The Canada geese are being chased from Tom McCall Waterfront Park. The plump migratory birds usually rule the roost on the scenic walkway along the riverfront. But it's now filled with workers setting up tents and stages. Meanwhile, the water is under blockade from a fleet of small boats. The few geese that remain fight a losing battle to hold onto their park. Shit-covered grass is all that remains ...   More
Wednesday, July 4, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Take Me to The River

Portraits of the Willamette.

Cover Story
The Willamette River divides Portland. Not just physically, east from west, or in the inconvenient gulf that opens whenever a bridge is up. The Willamette shows us the ways we embrace, and betra   More
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 WW Staff

Five Filthy Facts from the $96 Million Portland Harbor Cleanup Study

It could cost $1.7 billion and take 28 years, but probably won't.


As promised in our cover story this week, this morning a coalition of businesses that could be on the hook for  a Portland Harbor cleanup released its study of possible cleanups in the Willamette River. The Lower Willamette Group's feasibility study took more than 10 years and cost $96 million—including more than $24 million from the city. It outlines seven options for a harbor cleanup (with ...   More
Friday, March 30, 2012 by Aaron Mesh


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