We are all Oregon’s water future

Every day, people across Oregon take actions to improve the health of our rivers, to reduce our impact on clean water, to ready our economy for climate change, and to raise the next generation of innovators and water protectors.

Today we celebrate our common interest in preserving the health of our rivers and drinking water, and share a commitment to its future.

Fawn Bergen, Global Water Stewardship Program Manager, Intel Corporation

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 ...
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Queta González, Director, Center for Diversity & the Environment

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 ...
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Serena Dietrich, Sustainability Project Manager, Deschutes Brewery

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 ...
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Father Craig Boly, St. Ignatius Catholic Church

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 ...
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Ben Calkins, Owner, Happy Mountain Kombucha

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 ...
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Charlie Plybon, Oregon Policy Manager, Surfrider Foundation

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 ...
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The Zen Community of Oregon

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 ...
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Willie Levenson, Ringleader, Human Access Project

Willie Levenson, Ringleader, Human Access Project

"I love water. Water brings out the best in people. It connects us. A hot summer day, and a cool ...
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Curtis Phillips, Broker, Eugene Realty Group, and volunteer for Willamette Riverkeeper

Curtis Phillips, Broker, Eugene Realty Group, and volunteer for Willamette Riverkeeper

"I am an avid river user and live across the street from the Willamette. Like many people here in Oregon ...
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Cheryle Kennedy, Tribal Council Vice Chairwoman, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

Cheryle Kennedy, Tribal Council Vice Chairwoman, The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde

"My grandmother taught me that the first thing you do in the morning is drink water. This practice opens up ...
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Jessica Nischik-Long, MPH, Executive Director Oregon Public Health Association

Jessica Nischik-Long, MPH, Executive Director Oregon Public Health Association

"There is maybe nothing more fundamental to ensuring human health than access to clean drinking water. In America, and especially ...
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Peter Cornelison, Hood River City Councilor

Peter Cornelison, Hood River City Councilor

"I’ve loved water all my life — as a swimmer, windsurfer, kayaker and diver. Water brings and nourishes life, it ...
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Debrah Marriot, Executive Director of Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

Debrah Marriot, Executive Director of Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

"A clean and healthy Columbia River is essential to the life and livelihood of the Pacific Northwest. The Columbia provides ...
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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, First District of Oregon

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, First District of Oregon

"Northwest Oregon, which I’m honored to represent in Congress, is defined by water. We celebrate the mighty Columbia River, the ...
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Bobbie Snead, Straub Environmental Center, Natural Science Educator

Bobbie Snead, Straub Environmental Center, Natural Science Educator

"At the Straub Environmental Center, we get kids outside so they can directly experience nature. Water is an integral part ...
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Rick Bastasch, Past-president, Straub Environmental Center Board of Directors, and author of The Oregon Water Handbook

Rick Bastasch, Past-president, Straub Environmental Center Board of Directors, and author of The Oregon Water Handbook

"To adapt an old saying: 'Water, water everywhere but not unless we think.' Achieving a clean water mindfulness in everything ...
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Bob Rees, Executive Director of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders

Bob Rees, Executive Director of the Association of Northwest Steelheaders

"For anglers in the Pacific Northwest, water is life. The more water we have, the more fish and wildlife thrive ...
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Bob Moore, Founder of Bob's Red Mill

Bob Moore, Founder of Bob’s Red Mill

"At Bob’s Red Mill, we use century-old millstones so that one hundred pounds of goodness goes in, and a hundred ...
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Oregon State Representative Ken Helm, House District 34

Oregon State Representative Ken Helm, House District 34

As an avid outdoor enthusiast and fisherman, I have a deep respect for Oregon’s diverse and beautiful waterways. This passion ...
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Brandon Trelstad, Sustainability Officer, Oregon State University

Brandon Trelstad, Sustainability Officer, Oregon State University

“Particularly in Western Oregon, I feel clean water is an often-overlooked resource. With a changing climate we have much to ...
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Melissa Haeffner, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Management, Portland State University

Melissa Haeffner, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Management, Portland State University

"Water management is not done alone. We all take part in our watershed when we brush our teeth, flush the ...
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Kristiana Teige Witherill, Carrie Sanneman, Clean Water Program Staff, Willamette Partnership

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 ...
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