River Appreciation Day

Join us Saturday July 20, 2024 at River Forks County Park



Saturday, July 20th, 2024 is River Appreciation day in Oregon. It began in Roseburg in 1987 by local community members concerned about the condition and the future of the Umpqua River. In the past, annual celebrations have featured music, dancing, and good food somewhere along a part of the local river.

In 1987 Roseburg built a new $12 million dollar sewage treatment plant. There were not enough funds left to incorporate a backup generator.  Sure, enough several power outages soon occurred and sewage was spilled into the river. Concerned citizens protested these events and the chastened city managed to find a surplus government generator. The spills were over.

The activists decided to celebrate the river’s values in a positive way and held a music and entertainment festival at River Forks Park. It is repeated each year around the county. We are all most fortunate to have such excellent rivers around us.

In 2019, our event was at Whistler’s Bend Park in Douglas County Oregon

River Appreciation Day