2018-2019 Willamette Falls Locks Commission

Willamette Falls Locks

Pursuant to Senate Bill 256 (2017), OS is facilitating the Willamette Falls Locks Commission (WFLC).  Senate Bill 256 established the commission to advise state, local, and regional government agencies on development and implementation of a plan for repair, reopening, operation, and maintenance of the Willamette Falls navigation canal and locks. The commission may recommend formation of an intergovernmental agreement. The commission is also directed to keep the Oregon congressional delegation informed. The work follows on the work of the 2016 Willamette Falls Locks Task Force.


Project Updates

  • The commission unanimously recommends requesting $15.535 million from the Oregon Legislature to fund repairs and upgrades, and to provide some annual and periodic maintenance. More information can be found at the legislative briefing sheet (PDF).
  • Oregon Governor Brown includes funding to re-open the locks in her recommended budget. Read the press release (PDF).
  • PowerPoint presentations on the locks’ public benefits can be found under resources in the “Meeting Materials, Resources, and Background” page on this site.
  • See the Willamette Falls Locks Commission member list (PDF), which is current as of November 1, 2018. An updated membership list reflecting the November 2018 election will be posted soon.
  • The public is invited to submit comments to the Willamette Falls Locks Commission at any time regarding the future of the locks. Email comments to Turner Odell at todell@pdx.edu

Project Updates Archive


Upcoming Meetings

Upcoming meetings in 2019:

  • Meeting #8 – April 10, 2019, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Meeting #9 – July 10, 2019, 1:00 to 4:30 pm

Note: Meetings #8 and #9 are likely to be held at West Linn City Hall. Location confirmation will be posted to this page at least a week before each meeting.


Public Input

The Willamette Falls Locks Commission provided opportunities for public comment at the July 18, 2018, and January 30, 2019, meetings. Future opportunities to provide public input will be posted to this site.

The public is welcome to submit comments to the commission at any time regarding the future of the locks. Email comments to Turner Odell at todell@pdx.edu. See all public comments as of February 18, 2019 (PDF).


Meeting Materials, Resources, and Background



For more information or to join our email list, contact:

Turner Odell
Senior Project Manager
Oregon Solutions
Portland State University