The Freshwater Trust is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that actively works to preserve and restore our freshwater ecosystems. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, we build, locally implement and scale game-changing tools that achieve freshwater health.
- 1983: Opened our doors.
- 1991: Listed first Pacific salmon under the Endangered Species Act.
- 1993: Launched the nation’s first water trust.
- 1996: Created the region’s first outdoor educational program to connect students with wild fish, a program that continues today as Salmon Watch.
- 1998: Led the effort to designate lottery dollars to habitat restoration, the largest conservation fund of its kind.
- 2000: Created West’s first fish refuge on the Donner und Blitzen River, afoot the Steens Mountains.
- 2006: Set out to plant 100,000 trees along the Deschutes River.
- 2007: Launched effort to build the StreamBank web platform to increase pace and scale of restoration projects.
- 2009: Received U.S. Patent for StreamBank.
- 2011: Secured $1 million dollar grant from the USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grant program.
- 2011: Signed multi-year contract with the City of Medford to restore up to 20 miles of streams – launching the nation’s most accountable water quality trading model.
- 2013: Awarded U.S. Water Prize.