CEDER is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to educating and informing political and business leaders, media and the general public about the economic, social, political, historical and natural environment of the Columbia Basin, Puget Sound, the Oregon and Washington Coast and related estuaries and watersheds.

CEDER provides two distinct functions to fulfill its mission: developing basic informational materials to educate regional policy makers; and providing a forum to decision makers to establish a vision and set direction for the future of the region. Both the educational function and the regional policy function will provide valuable products that will improve regional policy development.

In 2008, CEDER completed a report laying out a conceptual “road map” for transferring ownership of the historic Willamette Falls Locks from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to a non-federal entity. Specifically, CEDER’s report presents issues to be addressed regarding current conditions at the locks and a case study analysis of similar ownership transfers. It also presents a conceptual process map to organize those steps as may be needed to complete a successful transfer. For more information, go to “The Willamette Falls Locks: A Case Study Analysis of Potential Transfer Issues” final report.