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.

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.

Public Hearing for Proposed Non-Motorized Boating Program in Oregon

posted February 26, 2017
by Thomas O'Keefe
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The Oregon State Marine Board proposal to establish a Non-Motorized Boating Program is moving through the state legislature and is set for a hearing on March 1st. We encourage our Oregon members to share their thoughts with their representatives in the state legislature.

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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