Willamette River Tops List of Toxic Waterways

State department says toxin levels pose threat to human health, aquatic life
Lisa Balick and KOIN 6 News Staff Published: April 16, 2015, 4:21 pm Updated: April 16, 2015, 5:13 pm



PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — The Willamette River is contaminated with toxic chemicals and metals, and in a new study the Department of Environmental Quality said it poses a threat for human health and aquatic life.

Each summer, more than 1,500 people jump into rafts and inner tubes for The Big Float across the Willamette. But the latest study of toxic chemicals in Oregon’s waterways show the largest variety is within the Willamette River Basin.

“It’s not a surprise that it ranks top of the charts with this toxic survey,” Kate Ross with the Willamette River Keeper said.

According to Ross…”read full article here


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