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News Release
UPDATE: Additional Testing Confirms Safety of Effluent Discharge to Willamette River - 08/06/22

UPDATE - City of Salem:  Additional testing at the Willow Lake Water Pollution Control Facility has confirmed that there are no additional safety concerns in the effluent that is discharged to the Willamette.  Partnering organizations have been notified and all signage along the Willamette River between Spongs Landing Park and Willamette Mission Park will be removed on Saturday, August 6.  



City of Salem Reports High E. Coli Bacteria Test Result in Discharge to Willamette River

During City of Salem’s routine monitoring of treated effluent from the Willow Lake Water Pollution Control Facility, higher than normal bacteria results were detected in a sample collected at 5:30 a.m. on August 3. The test results for this sample were received on August 4, 2022. 

The City’s Willow Lake Water Pollution Control Facility is located in Keizer at 5915 Windsor Island Road N.  The City of Salem treats wastewater and discharges treated effluent to the Willamette River at this location.  

Per the City’s effluent discharge permit, additional sampling and testing is being performed to verify the test results.  Additional testing will be completed on August 5, and the test results will be available by August 6, 2022. Signs are being posted in the immediate vicinity along the river.  Until these results have been confirmed people are asked to avoid the Willamette River between Spongs Landing Park, a Marion County Park located in Keizer, and Willamette Mission Park, a State Park also location in north Marion County.

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