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AW in the NorthWest

American Whitewater has an active program in the Pacific Northwest. Our regional conservation program features a focus on dam relicensing and continued protection of key watersheds on public land. While we are lucky that many of our rivers flow through public land we are not without access issues. The Skykomish remains one of our top ten access issues.

California Rejects BC Hydro

posted January 21, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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On January 15th, 2014, the California Energy Commission adopted a final report that reaffirms the integrity of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) regarding imported hydropower. After 5 years of hard work, American Whitewater and our partners in the California Hydropower Reform Coalition (CHRC) and river advocates in British Columbia are celebrating this important victory, which will have a reaching impact on rivers across the border.

Wild Olympics Bill to Protect Ancient Forests and Rivers Introduced (WA)

posted January 17, 2014
by Thomas O'Keefe
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A broad and diverse coalition of Olympic Peninsula community members, including American Whitewater, cheered the introduction today of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2014 by Representative Derek Kilmer and Senator Patty Murray.  The measure, similar to that introduced in the last Congress, by Senator Murray and former Congressman Norm Dicks would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of ancient and mature forests on Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 Olympic Peninsula rivers and their major tributaries as Wild and Scenic.

Join American Whitewater for a River Trip on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River

posted January 13, 2014
by Thomas O'Keefe
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This summer, American Whitewater members will have an opportunity to join American Whitewater staff and board members for an exclusive trip on Oregon’s Rogue River. We invite you to come learn more about what we're up to while having a great time enjoying one of our nation’s first Wild and Scenic Rivers. The trip will take place June 5-8.

Snoqualmie Powerhouse Run, New Access Opens (WA)

posted October 23, 2013
by Thomas O'Keefe
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After more than three years of waiting the access to the Powerhouse run on the Snoqualmie River is now open for public use. While this is a short run of less than a mile, it is a popular and important section of river less than 30 miles from Seattle.

Teanaway River Protected (WA)

posted October 4, 2013
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Earlier this week the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Forterra announced the purchase of 50,272 acres along the Teanaway River and its three forks to be designated as the Teanaway Community Forest. Of importance to the whitewater paddling community, this acquisition will protect riverside lands, maintain water in the river, and keep the river open and accessible to the public.

Visiting the Elwha (WA)

posted August 26, 2013
by Thomas O'Keefe
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While paddling the Elwha River is a fascinating way to experience restoration and recovery of a free-flowing river in action, it's not the only way to get a first-hand look at one of the nation's most ambitious and fascinating restoration projects.

Sustainable Roads Analysis on Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie NF (WA)

posted August 23, 2013
by Thomas O'Keefe
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With more than 2,500 miles of roads, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest has an extensive road system that supports a variety of public needs, from recreation to resource extraction. Current budget resources are insufficient to support maintenance needs for this road network. American Whitewater is encouraging paddlers to participate in the public process to develop a vision for the future of the roads on this Forest.

Recreational Survey for Susitna River (AK)

posted August 22, 2013
by Thomas O'Keefe
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In an effort to better understand the recreational impacts of the proposed Susitna-Watana Hydroelectric Project that would dam the Susitna River upstream of Devil's Canyon, a recreational survey is underway for those who have experienced this stretch of river. We encourage our members who know this river to take the survey.


Middle Fork Snoqualmie Legislation Continues to Move Forward (WA)

posted August 1, 2013
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Legislative momentum continues to build for the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (S. 112, H. R. 361). Following passage of the bill by unanimous consent in the Senate, the House formally took up the legislation with a hearing before the House Natural Resources Committee.

State Board Rules: Similkameen Falls Deserve Water (WA)

posted July 31, 2013
by Thomas O'Keefe
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The Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board issued an order directing the Department of Ecology to do an aesthetic flow study if Okanogan PUD decides to build its economically troubled Enloe Dam project on the Similkameen River in Washington State. Of significance to the paddling community, the Order recognizes the critical importance of considering impacts to aesthetics and recreation in decisions that impact water quality.

AW Comments on Proposed Sunset Falls Hydro Project (WA)

posted July 19, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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Today, numerous partners joined American Whitewater in filing comments in opposition to Snohomish PUD No. 1's proposed hydroelectric project on the South Fork Skykomish river at Sunset Falls in Washington. Our comments highlight the significant impacts the project would have to fish and wildlife habitat, water quality and quantity, recreation and scenic values, and call out the questionable economics of the project.

Dam Proposed For South Fork Skykomish Would Be An Economic Loser

posted July 16, 2013
by Thomas O'Keefe
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A new economic study of the controversial Sunset Falls Dam on Washington’s South Fork of the Skykomish River, reveals the power generated at the proposed site would cost 2.3 times more than the Snohomish County Public Utility District (SnoPUD) estimates.

Legislation to Protect Olympic Peninsula's Ancient Forests and Wild Rivers

posted June 21, 2012
by Thomas O'Keefe
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The Wild Olympics Campaign, of which American Whitewater is a member, today cheered the introduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Congressman Norm Dicks and Senator Patty Murray to permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries (a total of 464 river miles) as Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Report on Dam Removal in the Pacific Northwest Published

posted January 7, 2011
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Today the Hydropower Reform Coalition, of which American Whitewater is a member, formally released Restore, Responsibly Reviving America’s Rivers, a special publication that provides an overview of dam removal nationally, and documents past, current, and upcoming or planned removals in the Pacific Northwest.

Upcoming Events

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August 2014

North Fork Rogue Releases
10:00 am -4:00 pm est
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North Fork Rogue Releases
10:00 am -4:00 pm est
NF Inflow up to 450 cfs

North Fork Rogue Releases
10:00 am -4:00 pm est
250 cfs250-250 cfs


Wenatchee River Festival Cashmere,WA runs 06/09/12 - 06/09/13
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Northwest Creeking Competition Yacolt,WA runs 04/21/12 - 04/21/13
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Green River Cleanup Black Diamond, WA,WA runs 05/05/12 - 05/04/13
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North Fork Rogue Releases Prospect,OR runs 07/18/09 - 09/01/14, next 08/16/14
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Cispus Access, gate opening Randall,WA runs 03/17/07 - 05/19/13
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Chelan Gorge release Chelan,WA runs 07/11/09 - 09/22/13
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Sultan River Release Sultan,WA runs 04/03/12 - 09/14/12
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SkyFest 2013 Index,WA runs 07/04/13 - 07/07/13
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Associated Projects

  • Canyon Creek (WA)
    This spectacular creek has been threatened by a proposal for hydropower development.
  • Celestial Falls (OR)
    Conservation and enjoyment of the waterfall is important for AW
  • Chelan (WA)
    AW has worked to restore flows and provide public access to the Chelan Gorge
  • Cispus River Access (WA)
    AW has been working to enforce requirements for public access to the Cispus River.
  • Clackamas Stewardship (OR)
    AW has been a stakeholder in licensing of the hydroelectric projects on this river and protection of key tributaries through the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
  • Conservation System
    The National Landscape Conservation System represents the crown jewels of BLM lands and rivers.
  • Elwha Restoration (WA)
    The Elwha River will be restored by removing two dams that have blocked salmon and degraded recreational opportunities on one of the Pacific Northwest's most spectacular rivers.
  • Green River (WA)
    AW works with partners to protect flows and the scenic landscape of the Green River Gorge.
  • Greenway Whitewater (WA)
    The Mountains to Sound Greenway stretches over 100 miles along Interstate 90 from Seattle to Central Washington. AW is engaged in promoting stewardship and protection of the rivers in this corridor.
  • Klamath Restoration (OR & CA)
    AW supports restoration of the Klamath River for the benefit of salmon while providing appropriate opportunities for whitewater recreation.
  • Middle Fork Snoqualmie (WA)
    AW has been working on resource stewardship along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie in Washington and protecting this drainage for the incredible recreational opportunities it provides.
  • Milner Whitewater (ID)
    AW supports the efforts of local paddlers who have advocated for whitewater recreation on the Milner Mile.
  • Mining Law Reform
    AW and the Outdoor Alliance believe that mining on public land must be balanced with all other uses of public land, including clean water and outdoor recreation.
  • Nooksack Stewardship (WA)
    Public access, hydropower development, and resource stewardship are all ongoing issues on this river system.
  • North Fork Rogue (OR)
    AW is working to restore flows, provide public access, and make flow information available to provide boating opportunities on this river.
  • North Fork Snoqualmie- WA
    American Whitewater is committed to the conservation of the North Fork Snoqualmie.
  • Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (WA)
    The Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests are home to some great whitewater runs and AW has in interest in protecting the resource values of these rivers.
  • Oregon Navigability
    AW works to keep the rivers of Oregon open and accessible to the boating public.
  • Protecting the Ashlu (BC)
    A hydropower project is now being constructed on this wonderful creek in Southwest British Columbia.
  • Puyallup Watershed (WA)
    Major rivers of the Puyallup watershed include the Carbon, Puyallup, and White which drain the western and northern slopes of Mt. Rainier which we are working to preserve and protect.
  • Restoring the Rogue (OR)
    One of the great Rivers of the West, preserving the the Wild Rogue and restoring upstream reaches impacted by dams are priorities for American Whitewater.
  • Roadless Areas
    Of the 192 million acres the Forest Service manages, 58.5 million is Roadless. Often located at lower elevations, Roadless Areas include scenic landscapes, ancient forests, and wild rivers.
  • Similkameen River (BC/WA)
    American Whitewater supports conservation and restoration of the Similkameen River.
  • Skagit Wild and Scenic (WA)
    Public access, riparian protection, and effective resource stewardship are all important to management of the Skagit Wild and Scenic River.
  • Skykomish Stewardship (WA)
    AW is actively engaged in the conservation of the Skykomish River and its tributaries and advocacy for public access.
  • Snake River Restoration (ID, OR, WA)
    AW is working with a coalition of partners to restore the Snake and Salmon Rivers in Idaho for fish and paddlers.
  • Sullivan Creek (WA)
    Two dams in the Sullivan Creek watershed no longer generate power. One will be removed as the result of a 2010 Settlement Agreement.
  • Sultan River (WA)
    AW is working to improve flows and public access for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and paddlers as part of hydropower relicensing on this river.
  • Sunset Falls Hydropower Development
    Sunset Falls on the Skykomish River has been proposed for hydropower development.
  • Susitna (AK)
    A hydropower project on the Susitna would drown Devil's Canyon.
  • USFS Road Management
    Our National Forest road network already includes more than 386,000 miles of roads with only 21 percent of these roads meeting adequate road maintenance standards. With a maintenance backlog approachi
  • Volcano Country (OR/WA)
    The rivers of Volcano Country within and surrounding the Gifford Pinchot National Forest represent some of the nation's most spectacular whitewater resources.
  • White Salmon Restoration (WA)
    American Whitewater has been engaged in a long-term effort to protect and restore one of the Pacific Northwest's most spectacular year-around whitewater rivers.
  • Wild Olympics (WA)
    A campaign to protect the free-flowing rivers of the Olympic Peninsula.