MWOG partners (City of Keizer, City of Salem, Marion County, and Marion Soil & Water Conservation District) collaborate to provide water quality outreach and inspire behaviors that result in healthy
streams and communities.

We coordinate virtual and in-person learning opportunities to help everyone connect with the precious waters of the Willamette Valley.

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Our River is a multi-pronged outreach campaign of Mid-Willamette Outreach Group. The Willamette River is our river to protect and enjoy; as residents of the mid-Willamette Valley, what we do in the watershed impacts the quality and quantity of water available, which in return impacts our own vitality. Through Our River events, everyone is invited to connect with the Willamette in fun and thoughtful ways.

Our River Goals

  • Actively connect residents to the Willamette River through ongoing adventures and opportunities that put people in, on or near the water,
  • Reduce the barriers of participation by providing activities at low or no cost, and providing needed supplies.
  • Provide participants with the opportunity to build pride in our Willamette River and our community.
  • Provide opportunities to serve and steward the Willamette River.

Our River Activities

  • April: Earth Day river event/clean-up. (Main partner: Willamette Riverkeeper)
  • May: Willamette Adventure Day for learning how to safely kayak/canoe. (Main partners: Oregon State Parks and Salem Kayak Rentals)
  • June: Promote Free Fishing Weekend. (Main partner: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)
  • September: Community Salmon Day. (Main partners: City of Keizer, City of Salem, Marion SWCD)

Erosion Control Summit

The Erosion Control and Stormwater Management Summit is for builders, developers, planners, architects, contractors, engineers, landscapers, and municipal staff and crews. This one-day summit is held in late January. Participants learn techniques in construction erosion prevention, green stormwater infrastructure maintenance, permit updates, impacts of pollution from stormwater runoff, and more. Registration link will be posted here when available.

Water Festival

This one-day festival usually takes place in May and provides an educational opportunity to students from a different participating school each year. Activities center around watershed health and water quality.

Community Salmon Day

If you are curious about Pacific Salmon and their freshwater habitats, come walk the path at Bush’s Pasture Park on Community Salmon Watch Day. Learn about these awe-inspiring fish and what makes them special, explore the key characteristics used to determine stream health, and visit with Claudia Chinook – the largest salmon around! Here is the Community Salmon Watch Day brochure. Visit with the various experts at your own pace and for as long or short as you like. Everyone is sure to learn something new! This free community event is held in the fall.

Social Media Campaigns

A social media campaign to share tips for safe and healthy lawn from lawn experts.

A month-long challenge to take actions to help the earth.

In March of 2023, we’ll run a social media campaign to promote water conservation in the landscape!

MWOG Partners

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