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Roy Iwai, Water Quality Program, Multnomah County

"I love urban streams. They are often overlooked as great habitat for native fish, including salmon and trout species. The reality is that every stream still has native fishes, and nearly all have trout. Many still have salmon, too. They are surviving. We can help them thrive!" More

Alaí Reyes-Santos, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon

"As an educator, I imagine with others water futures that include us all; that do not privilege some over others like in Octavia Butler’s novel Parable of the Sword. As an iyalocha, a tradition keeper of Afro-Caribbean spirituality, I pray every day that we all remember our interdependence with water. I thank these waters and ... More

Julia Person, Sustainability Manager, Widmer Brothers Brewing

“Great Oregon beer wouldn’t exist without clean water. Widmer Brothers is lucky to have the Bull Run watershed in our backyard, which delivers the fresh, clean water we use to brew our beer every day. We’re also thankful that our founders Kurt and Rob Widmer have been steadfast advocates for clean water throughout the years, ... More

Fawn Bergen, Global Water Stewardship Program Manager, Intel Corporation

"At Intel, we strive to be a positive part of the communities where we operate. Water is of critical importance to our communities and our business. That is why we’ve been investing in innovative conservation efforts for decades. Our three main objectives are conserve water we use in our operations, collaborate on water initiatives ... More

Queta González, Director, Center for Diversity & the Environment

"The late scientist Loren Eiseley said, “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” I love this quote because while water is a practical need, there is also something personal about it, integral. Rivers have brought magic into my life. If I’m in balance, I can hear and see what the river is telling me and move ... More

Serena Dietrich, Sustainability Project Manager, Deschutes Brewery

"Our world would not exist without water, yet it is one resource that can easily be taken for granted. I am fortunate enough to live in an area where fresh, clean water is available and can be used for everyday events like drinking, plumbing, irrigation, recreation, and cooking. I also work for a company that depends on water as the main ... More

Father Craig Boly, St. Ignatius Catholic Church

"The Catholic faith tradition celebrates the importance of water through the sacrament of baptism. In this sacrament, the gift of water becomes a source of new life. The tradition also recognizes the inalienable human right and need for all to have access to water. As Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical Laudato Si: On Care of Our ... More

Ben Calkins, Owner, Happy Mountain Kombucha

"We are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful places in the world--the Pacific Northwest. We are even more fortunate to have access to clean water. We sometimes forget how privileged we are to have this access. We owe it to the plants and animals that also rely on clean water. It is our duty to this planet to take care of our ... More

Charlie Plybon, Oregon Policy Manager, Surfrider Foundation

"Like many who sometimes don't appreciate what they have, I didn't become an outspoken advocate for water quality until I got sick from the ocean. My first surf trip to Mexico resulted in a terrible skin infection and about a year later, I was getting sick from surfing right here in Oregon. Recognizing that a day at the beach shouldn't ... More

The Zen Community of Oregon

"Our relationship with water is the outward expression of our internal state. We are not separate from water; we ourselves are water." More