The Willamette River was recently graded a B- overall by the Willamette River Initiative's first report card, with the middle and upper sections of the river scoring a grade of B. This is a result of many efforts up and down the river.
Here in Salem we are part of the Mid-Willamette with an overall score of B. The report card was created to establish a baseline for Willamette River health by which progress could be measured in the future and to explain how community actions and individual choices impact river health
The river was evaluated on five categories of river health: •Water quality, which includes river water temperature and the level and health risk of toxics; •Fish and wildlife, based on the status of bald eagles, juvenile Chinook salmon, and other native fish species; •Habitat, based on two important river features: intact floodplain forest and complex and changing river channels; •Flow, the measure of how much water is flowing through the river compared to historical flows; and •People and the river, including fish consumption advisories, the health of Tribal fisheries, the presence of fecal bacteria, and the occurrence of harmful algal blooms