Kristiana Teige Witherill, Carrie Sanneman, Clean Water Program Staff, Willamette Partnership
“We fight for rivers, streams, forests, and floodplains because they are our original water infrastructure. Working alongside engineered water treatment systems, they provide the backbone of healthy, equitable communities, vibrant economies, and resilient freshwater and near coastal systems. But too often, our natural infrastructure becomes neglected once concrete and steel is in place. We’re working to increase investments in natural infrastructure that create better outcomes at a similar or lower cost.
“We need a future where rivers, floodplains, and forests can compete on an even playing field with concrete and steel for infrastructure investment, but we will only get there if our water infrastructure is grounded in watershed science, working across silos, and engaging in inclusive partnerships. That’s why we are working to remove the barriers to using nature-based solutions and making a strong business case for decision-makers and the public.”