The Chronicle -

By Dana Merryday
Chronicle columnist 

'Water Ouzels' are keeping our Coast Fork clean


June 27, 2019

On Saturday, an intrepid group will assemble at the Row River Boat Ramp with an assortment of watercraft, life jackets, paddles and plastic garbage bags. These volunteers are named for a tough little bird who has developed the ability to walk and "fly" underwater.

The "Water Ouzels," as the volunteers are called, will scour sections of the Row River and the Coast Fork of the Willamette River as part of an annual river cleanup.

The Water Ouzel – aka, the American Dipper – is a stocky, dark grey bird that lives exclusively along rivers and is the only North American songbird that is trul...

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