Oregon Adopt-A-River

Oregon Adopt-A-River, a partnership between SOLVE and the Oregon State Marine Board, supports individuals and organizations in cleaning and preserving their favorite stretch of waterway (river, lake or stream) anywhere in the state of Oregon, while focusing on watershed health and a good stewardship ethic. Participants can improve their local waterway by picking up trash, removing non-native invasive plants, or both! The commitment is for 2 years doing at least 2 cleanups or invasive plant removal events per year. Many volunteers do much more!

Adopting a waterway is simple. It only takes one person to get things started. Community organizations, fishing or boating clubs, school groups, businesses, associations or any environmentally concerned citizen can Adopt-A-River. Your projects can be as large as you like. Every project, no matter how large or small, makes a big difference!

Currently, over 500 miles of river have been adopted by over 100 volunteers. Adoptions cover the entire state including sections of the Sandy, Willamette, Columbia, Clackamas, Salmon, Umpqua, Powder, Deschutes, Rogue, North and South Santiam, Siletz, Coquille, Molalla and John Day Rivers. Many smaller creeks and streams have been adopted as well.

Take the Plunge! Get Involved!

Adopting a waterway is simple. You only need to register your favorite stretch and then get your project going! You will then be asked to commit to working at your site at least two times per year for two years and report those results to SOLVE. To register the stretch you would like to adopt click here.

SOLVE Support for Oregon Adopt-A-River Coordinators Includes:

  • Resource Guides (Watershed health and a step-by-step project planning guide)
  • Ongoing project support (such as technical assistance and volunteer recruitment)
  • Project supplies (such as bags, gloves, safety gear and promotional materials)
  • Small grant assistance of up to $100 a year to supplement on the ground project expenses
  • Adoption entered in the Oregon River Registry, and a certificate of adoption and registration

Oregon Adopt-A-River is a broad-based stewardship effort created by the 1993 Oregon Legislature, and is administered by SOLVE in partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board. Other state and federal agencies and corporations support the program as well.

If you are ready to take the plunge and adopt your favorite waterway, fill out the registration form.  Questions? Contact Quintin Bauer: quintin@solveoregon.org

Featured Project: Yaquina Bay Cleanup

Since 2006 Volunteer leaders in Newport have cleaned the Yaquina River twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Each cleanup event is a partnership between Thompson Sanitary, Georgia Pacific, and the community. Over the last four years 622 volunteers have removed over 21,510 pounds of trash and 139 tires from in and around the Yaquina River. Thanks to all the amazing leaders and volunteers in Newport for your work to improve this important Oregon river.

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Adopt your favorite stretch of river today! Fill out the registration form to get started.

Quintin Bauer
Statewide Program Manager
503-844-9571 x321


Oregon Adopt-A-River 2013 Final Report is now available!

Already an Oregon Adopt-A-River Coordinator with SOLVE? Below are the resources you need to be a successful coordinator!

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