Preventing Water Pollution
Oregon’s rivers, lakes and streams are the pride of our state. People travel from across the nation to raft our wild waters and fish for salmon or trout. Our thriving agricultural industry depends on clean and plentiful water, as do our cities, industries and everyone who lives here. Yet, every major river in Oregon is out of compliance with water quality standards that protect human health and wildlife. Toxics such as pesticides and chemicals from personal care products are showing up in our waterways, and our drinking water from wells – which provides for up to 70% of Oregonians – can be contaminated with nitrates, arsenic and bacteria.
Oregon Environmental Council works to ensure that our rivers, lakes and groundwater will be healthy and to make sure that Oregonians have safe sources of drinking water and are able to swim, boat and fish in our rivers and lakes—and eat what we catch—without risking our health. We maintain a uniquely statewide perspective on water solutions, even as we support and rely upon our partners at watershed councils, riverkeeper organizations, conservation districts, and numerous other local and national organizations.