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.

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Oregon Waterway Access Bill Set to Become Law

Posted: 06/10/2019
by Priscilla Macy

This week, Oregon House Bill 2835 re-passed the Oregon House on a 52-7 vote. Having earlier cleared the Senate, the bill now awaits a signature from the Governor to be signed into law. For decades, opportunities to protect and improve the ability of the public to access and legally use waterways for recreation have seen minimal progress, while efforts to severely limit access have been a consistent threat. Oregon House Bill 2835 is a pivotal piece of legislation in Oregon, and the first proactive waterway access bill in recent history to have made it through the state legislature.

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Effort to Protect the Rogue Continues (OR)

Posted: 05/13/2019
by Thomas O'Keefe

At the end of last Congress, the House and Senate negotiated a public lands package that ultimately resulted in 256 new miles of Wild and Scenic Rivers for Oregon when the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act was signed into law on March 12th, 2019. While rivers like the Molalla and several tributaries of the Rogue were designated Wild and Scenic, the lands surrounding the immediate river corridor were left unprotected. With a commitment to finish the job, and building on the successful effort to move these initiatives out of committee with bipartisan support last Congress, Senator Wyden was joined by Senator Merkley in introducing the Oregon Recreation Enhancement Act (S. 1262) on May 1st, 2019. The bill is scheduled for a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on May 14th, 2019.

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Senator Murray & Representative Kilmer Reintroduce Wild Olympics Bill (WA)

Posted: 05/09/2019
by Thomas O'Keefe

Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) reintroduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (S. 1382 and H.R. 2642) to permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries, a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Designed through extensive community input to protect ancient forests, clean water and salmon streams as well as enhance outdoor recreation, the legislation would set aside the first new wilderness on Olympic National Forest in nearly three decades and the first-ever protected wild and scenic rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. 

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NEW WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS SIGNED INTO LAW WITH PUBLIC LANDS PACKAGE!

Posted: 03/12/2019
by Evan Stafford

With the President's signature today, 621 miles of new Wild and Scenic Rivers have been established through the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (Public Law 116-9). With strong bipartisan support, this legislation passed the House by a vote of 363-62 on February 26th. It passed the Senate by a vote of 92-8 on February 12th. Please reach out to your lawmakers in both the House and Senate to thank them for following through on this commitment, and we make it super easy through our easy action templated forms. A personalized touch will make sure your representatives read your thank you and the forms only take a moment to update with an individualized comment about why protecting wild rivers and the recreation opportunities they provide is important to you. 

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Opportunity for Input on Middle Fork Snoqualmie Planning Effort (WA)

Posted: 09/28/2018
by Thomas O'Keefe

The U.S. Forest Service has recently initiated a process to develop a Comprehensive River Management Plan for the 27 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and the entirety of the Pratt River that were designated Wild and Scenic in 2014. Paddlers are encourage to provide input online and/or attend the planning workshops planned for October 11th.


Upcoming Events

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September 2019

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North Fork Rogue Releases
10:00 am -4:00 pm pst
Day 1 of a release weekend is 250 cfs, Day 2 of a release weekend is up to 450 cfs depending on flow available. 450-250 cfs

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North Fork Rogue Releases
10:00 am -4:00 pm pst
Day 1 of a release weekend is 250 cfs, Day 2 of a release weekend is up to 450 cfs depending on flow available. 450-250 cfs

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Sultan River Whitewater Release
10:00 am -1:00 pm pst
This particular release, from the base of Culmback Dam, will peak at roughly 900 cfs for a period of 3 hours.900-900 cfs

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Chelan Gorge release
10:00 am -6:00 pm pst

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Chelan Gorge release
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Events
Chelan Gorge release Chelan,WA runs 07/11/09 - 09/22/19, next 09/21/19
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North Fork Rogue Releases Prospect,OR runs 07/18/09 - 09/02/19
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Wenatchee River Festival Cashmere,WA runs 06/09/12 - 07/09/16
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Green River Cleanup Black Diamond, WA,WA runs 05/05/12 - 05/04/19
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Northwest Creeking Competition Yacolt,WA runs 04/21/12 - 04/13/19
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SkyFest Index,WA runs 07/04/13 - 05/08/16
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Sultan River Whitewater Release Sultan,WA runs 04/25/15 - 09/08/19
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Cispus River Open Gate Days Morton,WA runs 01/28/17 - 11/04/17
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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.
Clean Water Act
American Whitewater's advocacy to protect water quality.
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.
Hood River Access
American Whitewater is committed to securing public access for the Hood River and its major tributaries.
Kalmiopsis Rivers (OR/CA)
American Whitewater is working to protect the wild rivers of Southwestern Oregon and Northern California from the threats of nickel strip mines.
Klamath Restoration (OR & CA)
American Whitewater 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.
Nooksack Stewardship (WA)
Public access, hydropower development, and resource stewardship are all ongoing issues on this river system.
North Fork Rogue (OR)
We worked to restore flows, provide public access, and made 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.
Owyhee Conservation
American Whitewater advocates for the protection of the Owyhee Canyonlands.
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.
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 was removed in 2017 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.
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.