About the Conservation Program

Lake Oswego's drinking water source is the Clackamas River, but many here in town know little about the river or the story behind it. The fact is the Clackamas is more than just a water source, it is also a river with a connection to the people of this region of Oregon that stretches back 10,000 years. It is drinking water for 300,000 people, water to support farms and gardens and life to the salmon, steelhead and lamprey that return every year to spawn.

If you’d like to learn more about this river and its connection to us, watch this informative 18-minute film of the history and importance of the Clackamas River.  It is an entertaining and educational film that was written, created and produced locally in partnership between the City of Lake Oswego, The Clackamas River Water Providers and Clackamas River Water.