Restoring the Slough
Creeping water primrose, also called Ludwigia, is an invasive aquatic plant that is choking out the Willamette Slough, impacting water quality, wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities. The City of Salem and Willamette Riverkeeper worked together to treat the Willamette Slough in 2020 and are scheduling the second year's treatment for summer 2021. Treatment of the slough is done using an aquatic-approved herbicide applied by a state-licensed contractor to control its spread within the Willamette Slough and to downstream locations in the Willamette River.
We are thankful for the support of the City of Keizer, Glenn Gibson Watershed Council, Marion Soil and Water Conservation District, North Santiam Watershed Council, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon State Parks, Salem Audubon Society, Salem Environmental Education, and Willamette Riverkeepers.
Funding: Meyer Memorial Trust and Bonneville Power Administration