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Wake-Free on the Willamette

Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 03/17/2009

Why we need to make the Holgate Channel & Ross Island Lagoon wake-free or non-motorized zones - and what that means.

Between Ross Island and the east bank of the Willamette lies the Holgate Channel, a patch of natural paradise only a couple miles south of downtown Portland.  Sitting above the river on the eastbank, with osprey and eagles and blue herron as your companions, you have no idea you're anywhere near a city. . .except for the roar of jet skis and motor boat engines - not to mention the bass enhanced stereo systems booming across the river.  Bob Sallinger, Urban Conservation Director for the Portland Audubon Society has been working hard to create a wake-free zone in the Holgate Channel and ban motorized craft outright from neighboring Ross Island Lagoon. Tune in to hear why he believes this is necessary to make the Holgate Channel a safer place for humans and wildlife.

53:51 minutes (24.65 MB)


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