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Restoring Rivers

Portland Audubon is working throughout the metropolitan region to restore rivers and islands.

Portland Audubon is working throughout the metropolitan region to restore rivers and islands.

Osprey with fish - Jim Cruce
Osprey with fish - Jim Cruce

West Hayden Island
This 826-acre natural area provides critical wildlife habitat at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. The Port of Portland is seeking to have the City of Portland annex and rezone the island so it can convert the habitat into marine industrial terminals. The Port's plans would turn the island into a sea of parking lots, railroad tracks and roads - leaving only heavily fragmented and disturbed habitat remnants behind.

Willamette Superfund Site
The Portland harbor stretch of the Willamette River is highly polluted in both its river sediments and upland areas, and as such, the river was listed as a federal Superfund site in December 2000. The polluted area stretches from near downtown Portland almost to the Columbia River, some 11 river miles.

Ross Island
Ross Island is an oasis of nature in the middle of our city. Located just one mile upstream of downtown Portland, it is home to nesting bald eagles and great blue herons, and at least 50 species of birds use the island throughout the year. Our vision is one that integrates a protected and restored Ross Island, respect for Ross Island's past and present industrial contributions, and unparalleled opportunities for people to respectfully enjoy nature in the center of our urban landscape.

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