Our beloved McKenzie River provides drinking water to more than 200,000 people and is a recreational centerpiece for our region. Its crystalline waters are considered the last stronghold for wild salmon in the Willamette River system. Both people and fish depend on its purity.
In winter 2015/16, McKenzie River Trust seized an opportunity to conserve two miles of riverfront we call Finn Rock Reach. The McKenzie Homewaters Campaign raised $4.6 million to repay the bridge loan used to acquire this spectacular property, restore and care for the land, and create a reserve to purchase other conservation properties as they become available. We are grateful for more than 400 people like you who helped accomplish all of this.
The McKenzie River provides some of the cleanest, best tasting drinking water in the nation. That’s why the Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) stepped up in a big way for The McKenzie Homewaters Campaign. Every dollar you give toward the restoration of Finn Rock Reach by December 31, 2017, will be matched dollar for dollar by EWEB, up to $500,000.
Update, October 2017: We are pleased to announce that the EWEB Match Challenge is complete with $1 million secured to restore Finn Rock Reach!
Barry Lopez, Honorary Chair
Dave Funk, Co-Chair
Hugh Prichard, Co-Chair
Photo credits: Rafters: Chris Brooks. Forest: Tim Giraudier / Beautiful Oregon. Drinking water: Mikkel Bigandt. Barry Lopez: David Littschwager. Homepage: Mike Bragg.
Video credits: Created by Attic Media, Inc.. Footage by Attic Media, Freshwaters Illustrated, Mike Bragg.