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Take the Plunge!

Oregon Adopt-A-River, a partnership between SOLVE and the Oregon State Marine Board, supports individuals and organizations in cleaning and preserving their favorite stretch of waterway (river, lake, or stream) anywhere in the state of Oregon. Participants can improve their local waterway by picking up trash, removing non-native invasive plants, or both! The commitment is for 2 years doing at least 2 cleanups or invasive plant removal events per year. Many volunteers do much more!

Adopting a waterway is simple. It only takes one person to get things started. Community organizations, fishing or boating clubs, school groups, businesses, associations, or any environmentally concerned community member can Adopt-A-River. Your projects can be as large as you like. Every project, no matter how large or small, makes a big difference!


Oregon Adopt-a-River Process:

1. Find a waterway that needs your help: check out the Current Adoptions to see if your desired stretch of waterway is available.

2. Commit to 2 cleanups a year for 2 years by formally adopting your river stretch! There is no minimum or maximum river length commitment and cleanups can be on foot, by boat, or even diving! Cleanup on your own, with your family, or have a community event – whenever and however you want.

3. Order free cleanup supplies, apply for a $50 small grant for project expenses, and access free training resources and support from SOLVE. 


Once approved, you'll receive a certificate of your adoption, be featured on the SOLVE and Oregon State Marine Board websites and entered in the Oregon River Registry as a thank you for your commitment and dedication. 

A big thanks to all our current Adopt-A-River coordinators and Groups!


If you are ready to take the plunge and adopt your favorite waterway, fill out the registration form

Questions? Contact Haley Morris:

Oregon Adopt-A-River is a broad-based stewardship effort created by the 1993 Oregon Legislature and is administered by SOLVE in partnership with the Oregon State Marine Board. Other state and federal agencies and corporations support the program as well.

River Nominees - Adopt one today!

These river stretches were nominated by land managers across the state for your adoption.











































































Thank you for leading a project to improve the environment in your community! 

If you would like to nominate a river stretch for adoption, please contact Haley by email at


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