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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
|Sultan River Whitewater Release||Saturday the 8th||10:00 AM to 1:00 PM PST||900 cfs||This particular release, from the base of Culmback Dam, will peak at roughly 900 cfs for a period of 3 hours.|
|North Fork Rogue Releases||Monday the 3rd||10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST||250 - 450 cfs||8/18 250 cfs, 8/19 up to 450 cfs, 9/2 250 cfs, 9/3 up to 450 cfs|
|Sunday the 2nd||10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST||250 - 450 cfs||8/18 250 cfs, 8/19 up to 450 cfs, 9/2 250 cfs, 9/3 up to 450 cfs|
|Sunday the 19th||10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST||250 - 450 cfs||8/18 250 cfs, 8/19 up to 450 cfs, 9/2 250 cfs, 9/3 up to 450 cfs|
|Saturday the 18th||10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST||250 - 450 cfs||8/18 250 cfs, 8/19 up to 450 cfs, 9/2 250 cfs, 9/3 up to 450 cfs|
Foundation of the BC Rivers Alliance
August 24, 2007
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