The McKenzie Homewaters Campaign

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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. The Homewaters Campaign was a community effort to fund the purchase, protection and stewardship of Finn Rock Reach and two miles of riverfront on the Middle McKenzie River.

Thank you to our generous donors!

In winter 2015/16, McKenzie River Trust seized an opportunity to conserve two miles of riverfront we call Finn Rock ReachThe 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.

Campaign Leadership

Barry Lopez, Honorary Chair
Dave Funk, Co-Chair
Hugh Prichard, Co-Chair
Patti Barkin
Tom Barkin
Christian Beck

Barry Brown
Cale Bruckner
Linda Carnine
Marji DeBuse
Brad Giddens
Bev Hollander
Joanne Hugi

Jason Johnson
Ben Miller
Jim Regali
Nikos Ridge
Jodi Sommers
Sharon Ungerleider

EWEB Challenge

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 by proving at $500,000 matching grant to double the value of donations during the campaign. Thanks to EWEB, the match challenge brought an additional $1M to caring for this cherished place.

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