Environment, OREGON, TRANSPORTATION

Willamette Falls Locks Authority created by Oregon Legislature to explore reopening locks

The Willamette Falls on August 6, 2018. Photo: Chas Hundley

The Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill with a 54-3 vote creating the Willamette Falls Locks Authority, a public corporation establishing ownership, management, and oversight so the waterfall’s locks could someday reopen for the first time since 2011.

House Bill 2564, passed Tuesday, May 11, is the result of nearly a decade of economic compromise, and engineering reports, as well as a . . .

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