2018-2020 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.


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Upcoming Meetings

Willamette Falls Locks Commission Meeting #15
Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Online via Zoom webinar – Zoom Link

Agenda (PDF)

In the webinar, only commission members and support staff will be active “panelists” (audible and visible on the screen).  All other parties will be “attendees” (able to view the commission and hear audio), but attendees can be unmuted if necessary, and can reach the facilitation team through the chat function. 


Public Input

The commission provided opportunities for public comment at its meetings on the following dates: December 11, 2019; July 18, 2018; and January 30, 2019. 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