Advocate for the Environment Along the Willamette River

The City of Portland is developing a new plan that will guide the protection, restoration, recreational use and development along the south reach of the Willamette River in Portland (from Ross Island to the Dunthorpe Neighborhood).

The proposed draft of the South Reach River Plan takes some important steps towards prioritizing natural resource protection, but it falls short in ensuring adequate habitat buffers along the river. This stretch of the Willamette contains some of the best remaining river habitat in Portland as well as some of the best potential for restoration opportunities. It is critical that the Planning and Sustainability Commission hear from environmental advocates at their upcoming hearing who want to see this stretch of river better protected and restored.

Great Blue Heron takes off of water. Photo by Adam Stunkel
Great Blue Heron, photo by Adam Stunkel

Take Action by Submitting Comments and/or Attending Hearing

Submit Comments by Feb. 25
Submit comments through the projects website by
5 p.m. on 2/25: Map App (click the testify button)

Attend Planning and Sustainability
Commission Public Hearing 

When: February 25 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Where: 1900 SW 4th Ave – Room 2500 – Portland

Key Talking Points

Bird Alliance of Oregon is advocating for the following improvements (View full comments):

  • Expand the Willamette River setback to at least 100 feet to provide better river protection, riparian habitat, access and climate resilience. Add tools to remove development from the setback over time.
  • Strengthen bird-safe building and lighting provisions and extend them to the entire the South Reach Area to reduce bird collisions with windows and reduce light pollution.
  • Expand regulatory protections for trees and other native vegetation throughout the plan area and especially along the River Environmental Overlay zones.
  • The plan should call for the City to take necessary steps to add Waverly Country Club into the South Reach plan area given its significant natural resources and restoration potential.

Thank you for adding your voice towards improving the South Reach River Plan.