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.
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.
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 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.
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 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!
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.
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.
|Chelan Gorge release||Sunday the 16th||10:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST||Sat 375 cfs, Sun 400 cfs|
|Saturday the 15th||10:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST||Sat 375 cfs, Sun 400 cfs|
|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