Tuesday July 9, 2024


An effort to stop toxic algae blooms on the Willamette River near Ross Island Lagoon may be gaining some traction after a local nonprofit received a major grant.

Algae blooms have been a recurring problem for the site as climate change continues to raise temperatures in the area and residents flock to local waterways to stay cool – unintentionally putting their families at risk.

The Human Access Project is working with others to solve the problem by raising money to repair old construction to the Ross Island waterway, as first reported by Oregon Public Broadcasting.

So far, leader Willie Levenson said they are closing in on a $675,000 fundraising round including funding from $150,000 in Multnomah County. The project will likely take five to seven years.

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