River Appreciation Day

Due to escalating coronavirus cases, we are cancelling all plans for an in person River Appreciation Day.  For each of  us, please be sure and appreciate the river in your own way. We are excited to be able to have a celebration of the river  starting today, July 18, 2020 at 1 pm despite the current circumstances. Thank you to all of the artists that helped make this video a possibility.


Saturday, July 18th, 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. There will not be a group celebration this year due to the Corona Virus. In the past, annual celebrations have featured music, dancing, and good food somewhere along a part of the local river. Please use the day and your concern to pick up trash while enjoying the beauty and pleasures of the water.

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 and will be back after the pandemic is over. We are all most fortunate to have such excellent rivers around us. Use this weekend to visit, enjoy, take care of and celebrate this gift to all of us.


Umpqua Watersheds will be posting on our website, umpquawatershed.org and on our Facebook page videos of local musicians singing to celebrate the river and pictures of people celebrating River Appreciation Day.

Robert Allen for the River Appreciation Day Committee.


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



River Appreciation Day