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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.

Sunset Falls Project on SF Skykomish Cancelled (WA)

posted April 13, 2018
by Thomas O’Keefe
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Earlier this week the Snohomish County PUD Board of Commissioners directed their staff to cease the effort to pursue a federal license for the Sunset Falls hydropower project on Washington’s South Fork Skykomish River. For the past decade, American Whitewater has been directly engaged in the dialogue about the Sunset Falls Project, including settlement discussions over the last two years with the PUD, agencies and tribes. American Whitewater is pleased with the PUD's decision to emphasize cost-effective conservation and alternative renewable energy resources as alternatives to developing a hydropower project at Sunset Falls.

Take Action for Oregon's South Umpqua!

posted March 23, 2018
by Megan Hooker
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Time is running out for Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to consider the South Umpqua for designation as a State Scenic Waterway, but it’s not too late. Your voice can help support the agency in taking steps to protect this river in 2018. With its free-flowing waters and exceptional scenic, natural and recreational values, the South Umpqua meets the criteria for designation as a State Scenic Waterway.

AW Challenges FERC Decision on Enloe Dam (WA)

posted March 16, 2018
by Megan Hooker
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News Release: March 16, 2018 – River advocacy groups filed a petition in federal court today against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) challenging its recent decision to extend construction deadlines on the Enloe Hydroelectric Project on the Similkameen River in north central Washington. Through the petition the groups seek to ensure FERC complies with clear requirements of the Federal Power Act and allows for meaningful public participation when making its decisions.

Good News for Kalmiopsis Rivers! (OR/CA)

posted February 28, 2018
by Megan Hooker
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The Department of Agriculture recently announced that it will not review a 20-year prohibition on new mining development (i.e., a “mineral withdrawal) for over 101,000 acres of public lands in SW Oregon. The protection, which was implemented in late 2016, covers rivers cherished by the whitewater community including the Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith and Illinois Rivers and their headwaters.

Washington Legislature Considering Legislation That Would Limit Access

posted January 17, 2018
by Thomas O'Keefe
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The Washington State legislature is considering a bill that could significantly impact river access in Washington State. Under current state law, a County is prohibited from vacating right-of-ways that abut a body of water. House Bill 2521 and Senate Bill 6152 would add new language to state law that would allow a county to vacate a public right-of-way abutting a waterway “for the protection of public safety.”

Take Action for Oregon's Nehalem, SF Umpqua and NF Santiam!

posted October 4, 2017
by Evan Stafford
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The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking your input on a proposal to protect a 17-mile section of the Nehalem River under the State Scenic Waterway Program. A State Scenic Waterway designation protects the outstanding scenic, fish, wildlife, geological, botanical, historic, archaeologic, and outdoor recreation values of a river for current and future generations. The deadline to provide comment has been extended to November 1st, and we encourage you to weigh in!

Oregon Environmental Quality Commission Takes Action to Protect North Fork Smith

posted July 21, 2017
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Earlier this month the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission unanimously voted to designate the waters of the North Fork Smith River in southwest Oregon as the first Outstanding Resource Waters in the Pacific Northwest.

Wild Olympics Act Reintroduced as Local Support Increases (WA)

posted March 1, 2017
by Thomas O'Keefe
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The Wild Olympics Coalition, a locally-based coalition that includes American Whitewater, cheered the reintroduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer 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.


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Foundation of the BC Rivers Alliance
August 24, 2007

New Study: Enloe Project on Similkameen River Not Cost Effective (WA)
January 24, 2012

AW Joins Effort to Protect Punch Bowl Falls (OR)
July 10, 2012

Down the River Clean Up - Clackamas - Sept. 9th!
September 4, 2012

AW Comments on NF Snoqualmie Hydro Project
December 12, 2012

Cathedral Rock and Horse Heaven Wilderness on the John Day
December 22, 2012

Supporting Mining Clean Up In Opal Creek Headwaters (OR)
January 16, 2013

Interior Recommends Removing Klamath River Dams
April 8, 2013

AW Comments on Proposed Sunset Falls Hydro Project (WA)
July 19, 2013

Middle Fork Snoqualmie Legislation Continues to Move Forward (WA)
August 1, 2013

NWPCC Deadline Extended - Speak Up for Freely Flowing PNW Rivers!
July 1, 2014


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