2018 Willamette Falls Locks Commission

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 Update

  • Public invited to submit comments to Willamette Falls Locks Commission regarding future of the locks. Email comments to Turner Odell at todell@pdx.edu.
  • Oregon Governor Kate Brown Establishes a Commission to Determine the Fate of 145-Year-Old Willamette Falls Locks. Read the press release (PDF).

Project Updates Archive


Upcoming Meetings

December 5, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location to be announced

Note: We expect that the  December meeting will take place at our usual location in the West Linn City Hall Council Chambers, but we will confirm meeting details about one week in advance. 


Public Input

The Willamette Falls Locks Commission heard public comments at a July 18, 2018, meeting. The following PDF includes a list of those who spoke, copies of written materials submitted at the meeting, and comments submitted electronically.

Public comments July 4, 2018, through July 22, 2018 (PDF)

There will be additional opportunities to present public comment at an upcoming Willamette Falls Locks Commission meeting. Watch this website for details. We will post future public comments in this section.


Background and Meeting Materials



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

Turner Odell
Senior Project Manager
Oregon Solutions
Portland State University

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