Middle Willamette

Between Albany and Newberg, the Willamette meanders through a mixed landscape of rich farmland, parks, natural areas, and small cities and towns. The middle Willamette has good overall ecosystem health, with a grade of B. Water quality is comparable to the upper Willamette, and the middle reach has the largest number of juvenile Chinook salmon compared to other reaches. Concerns include failing grades for water temperature and fish consumption advisories, and C scores for the diversity of native fish species and amount of floodplain forest.