On Wednesday, February 22nd, the Portland City Council reviewed and accepted the Willamette River Recreation Strategy as a guide for planning river recreation and boating facilities.
Regarding this report, the Portland Business Journal stated, "it makes sense that the City called for 'creative financial partnerships' to fund water improvement programs." The article went on to report that "it's a good sign that the ideas... have the endorsement of both Willamette Riverkeeper and the Working Waterfront Coalition." Click here to view this article in its entirety.
Several focal points are detailed in the report, including the importance of caring for existing facilities, increasing education and enforcement, and serving the full range of river recreation experiences. The vision and goals outlined in the report are as follows:
Vision: "A clean and healthy Willamette River is the pride of Portlanders who fish, paddle, sail, pleasure-boat, swim, experience nature, and sight-see on its waters."
Goals: "Increase enjoyment of, and direct experience with, the Willamette. Bring people closer to the river to foster an improved understanding of river history, economy, and ecology. Manage recreation in concert with other City priorities to secure a net improvement in river health. Provide for safe, enjoyable, and valuable on-water recreational uses. Ensure people enjoy the river by practicing environmental responsibility."
The graphic below outlines factors that shaped the River Recreation Strategy, including using appropriate sources of funding - ratepayer dollars for the Office of Healthy Working Rivers, and taxpayer dollars for Portland Parks and Recreation's component. Commissioner Fish and I are spending taxpayer and ratepayer dollars wisely, to benefit multiple goals shared by many Portlanders.