Oregon is graced with an abundance of rivers and streams that support a diversity of fish and wildlife, local livelihoods and recreation. Yet most major rivers are taxed beyond capacity, underground water resources are at risk, and Oregon has lost much of its historic riparian and wetland habitat.
The Nature Conservancy is a leader in freshwater science and habitat restoration. With your generous support, we:
- Restore key floodplains and wetlands to provide clean water and support environmental flows.
- Work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to improve river health for salmon.
- Protect important lands to ensure rivers, wetlands and lakes have clean, abundant water.
- Safeguard groundwater sources to protect ecosystems and drinking water.
- Develop science and collaborate with others to balance water use for people and nature.
Dive into our work and see how we’re working to solve the complex challenges facing our planet’s lifeblood.
Scientists are taking a deeper dive into Oregon's groundwater resources and how we can improve our consumption of them.
Oregon’s Freshwater Conservation Director Leslie Bach explains the need to balance demands on water.
Conservancy staff have developed and are now using mapping methods to help protect Oregon's groundwater.
Heather Hendrixson is Oregon's Klamath Basin Program Manager. Learn more about her and the work she does for our freshwater team.
We're working to restore floodplain habitat across 543 acres at the Willamette River confluence, where the Coast and Middle forks of the Willamette meet.
Restoration crews fight swift rivers and heavy rains to complete tree plantings along the Sandy River.
Scientist Allison Aldous explains what's going on underground (and why it's important). Read more
We're working across Oregon to protect and restore wild salmon runs. Read more
A partnership with the U.S. Army Corps on the Willamette is helping balance needs of wildlife and people. Read more
First came the explosives. Now it's time for Klamath Basin wetlands and wildlife to thrive. Read more
Your renewable power bill can help restore salmon habitat across Oregon. Learn how
How is aspen restoration key to wild salmon recovery? David Harrison found out at an Oregon preserve. Read his report
Collaboration and community are keys to restoring important habitats along the Sandy River. Read more
Conservancy scientists are designing new methods and maps to protect water flowing underground. Read more
Conservancy teams are working to protect Oregon's lands and waters from problematic plants. Read more
Liza Jane Nichols is restoring fish habitat at her family's ranch along the Wallowa River. Read more
Volunteers and staff unveil a new stormwater planter at our Portland office. Read more
Leslie Bach leads the Conservancy's Oregon freshwater team. Learn more
Be part of the solution for Oregon’s freshwater — and our planet's lifeblood. Donate