OWA May Meeting
Stark Street Pizza - 9234 SE Stark Street Portland, OR 97216
Speaker: Megan Hooker
Organization: American Whitewater
Subject: Whitewater issues in the Northwest
Location: Stark Street Pizza
American Whitewater will provide an overview and update of our work on four issues in the Pacific Northwest, including the latest information about the long-awaited removal of Condit Dam on the White Salmon River in Washington; the new hydropower license for the Clackamas River and the benefits for whitewater recreation; current access and navigability issues on Oregon's rivers, including the latest proposals in the state legislature affecting the ability of the paddling community to enjoy the state's rivers; and decomissioning Forest Service roads.
Megan is the Stewardship Assistant with American Whitewater, where she assists the National and Regional stewardship staff on river restoration and protection projects. While most of her work focuses on projects in California, she also works with AW's Pacific Northwest director Tom O'Keefe. Megan grew up in Northern Arizona, and her passion for free flowing rivers developed on rafting trips on the Green, San Juan, and Rogue Rivers. She became passionate about river restoration issues relating to the Colorado River in high school, which motivated her decision to study environmental law as a master's student at Vermont Law School. Since moving to Portland in 2005, Megan has put her skills and passion for protecting rivers to work for a variety of non-profit environmental groups. Before joining American Whitewater in February of this year, she worked for over three years as a legal and development assistant at the Crag Law Center. She also has experience with industrial stormwater, toxic waste and municipal wastewater enforcement under the Clean Water Act.