I'd be very interested in hearing from people who believe that the condition of the Willamette is a disgrace, and who are willing to organize some effective action to restore the river. Portland's sewer system frequently overflows and sends disgusting dreck into the river. Willamette River-keeper ( http://www.willamette-riverkeeper.org/index.html) is one organization that works to attempt to restore the river. Government has clearly failed in its responsibilities to protect the watershed.
I don't have a solution, but would like to know if others would be interested in getting involved in citizen action to protect this vital watershed. If you don't think the problem is critical, take a trip to the foot of the St. John's Bridge and take a deep breath.