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*Pacific Rivers

Our mission is to protect and restore the watershed ecosystems of the West to ensure river health, biodiversity, and clean water for present and future generations.
317 SW Alder St, Suite 900 Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503)228-3555 | Fax: (503) 228-3556 |
Why does this donor support this organization?
"I am a professional stream ecologist. Creeks and rivers have been my life for over 40 years. I know the workings of stream ecosystems and understand their integral relationship with the land. I have seen the insults and threats sustained by these systems in the face of population growth and intensified use of watersheds. My experiences have convinced me of the critical need for a science-based conservation effort to protect intact streams and their watersheds and to help restore the remaining to productive and sustainable components of our environment. I believe that the Pacific Rivers Council fills a unique role and provides a strong and effective voice for achieving these goals. As such, I have been an active supporter of PRC for over ten years."
How do volunteers make a difference for this organization?
Volunteers make a difference in our organization in various ways. We like to individually customize what each volunteer does for us so they also benefit from the experience. Pacific Rivers is flexible with schedules and time availability and we appreciate any person that would like to donate their time to protect the rivers we all cherish. Every volunteer makes a difference in our organization. If you are interested in volunteering, contact us for more information. We are more than happy to build a new volunteer relationship.

Born from a commitment to protect Oregon's free-flowing rivers, Pacific Rivers (then Oregon Rivers Council) was founded as a statewide non-profit organization in 1987 and today is one of the most influential river conservation groups in the country.  Pacific Rivers helped pass the largest Wild and Scenic Rivers legislation in the lower 48 states, became the first to advocate for protecting salmon throughout their range, not just in isolated locations, and was among the first to realize how much rivers are harmed by roads.  We also led the way in protecting rivers, clean water, and fish in the landmark Northwest Forest Plan, launched one of the world’s longest-running stream monitoring programs, and revealed the economic benefits of watershed protection.

Pacific Rivers works where we can have the most impact: forest and river policy. We focus on Oregon, Washington, Northern California, and Montana, with plans to expand — because watersheds everywhere are threatened.

Our Vision

A future where healthy communities have access to clean, cool drinking water free from chemicals, and people can play in rivers and streams. A future where watersheds that store carbon are resilient to warming temperatures and other effects of climate change, and are home to abundant populations of fish and aquatic wildlife.

Our Approach:  Protect Land to Protect Water

Pacific Rivers works at the watershed level to promote clean water and healthy rivers, because water and land are indelibly connected.  Focusing solely on what’s happening in a river corridor will not sufficiently protect it for people, fish, or wildlife. We must protect the river corridor plus the wider land area around it — the watershed — from activities that pollute or harm the river.

Pacific Rivers is working to create a future where we…

  • Address the challenges faced by watersheds across the West.
  • Clearly deliver a sound approach to watershed resource management and clean rivers.
  • Increase public understanding of the ecological and socioeconomic value of watersheds.
  • Build lasting change that will protect watersheds for the people, wildlife, and ecosystems that depend on them.

To find out more about our current work or to dive in and get involved, please visit our website.

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