Willamette Falls Locks Commission seeks public input on transferring ownership

Willamette Falls Locks - KATU photo

OREGON CITY, Ore. - The Willamette Falls Locks Commission is seeking public input on transferring ownership of the Locks from the Army Corps of Engineers to another entity.

The Willamette Falls Locks are 145 years old, but have been closed since 2011. The Army Corps of Engineers still owns the Locks, but would like to transfer ownership to another entity in the near future.

Last year, Oregon Governor Brown and the Legislature saw the passage of a Senate Bill that created an appointed commission to determine the future of the Locks. The Willamette Falls Locks Commission is made up of local, regional and state leaders, development and tourism stakeholders and others.

Now, the Commission is looking for public input on what's next for the Locks at a hearing slated for Wednesday afternoon.

The hearing will be from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at West Linn City Hall, 22500 Salama Road in West Linn.

Public testimony may be limited to two minutes per person, depending on how many people show up.

If you cannot make the meeting, but would still like to submit an idea, you can do so by emailing or sending mail to the addresses below.

Submit written testimony to Turner Odell at todell@pdx.edu or by mail to:

Oregon Solutions | National Policy Consensus Center

Portland State University

P.O. Box 751

Portland, OR 97207-0751

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