Tualatin Riverkeepers


Kris Balliet
[email protected]
(503) 218-2580

The Tualatin River is a tributary of the Willamette River located in Oregon. The river is approximately 83 miles long, and it drains a fertile farming region called the Tualatin Valley southwest of Portland at the northwest corner of the Willamette Valley. There are approximately 500,000 people residing on 15 percent of the land in the river's watershed.

Kris Balliet has over two decades of freshwater and marine conservation experience in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Her experience includes grassroots organizing for wild salmon in the Columbia River Basin and leading the operations of the Ocean Conservancy’s Alaska Regional Office as its director for almost a decade. Kris was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, but “expatriated” herself to the West Coast in the late 1980s to open a new chapter in her life. She attended Lewis and Clark Law School, where she focused her studies on environmental and natural resources law and policy. While in law school, she interned at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and Pacific Rivers, experiences which forever shaped the direction she would follow in her work. When not working, Kris likes spending time with her dog Widgi, walking and hiking along rivers throughout the state. She has a son, aptly named River, who is a recent graduate of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.


11675 SW Hazelbrook Rd
Tualatin, Oregon 97062