Willamette River Advocacy

Attention Army Corps of Engineers: Give Fish the Water They Need!

December 3, 2017

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently released its proposal to allocate water stored in Willamette Basin reservoirs and is taking comments on the plan through December 22. Your voice is needed! Please act now and ask the Corps to give more water to fish and wildlife and to prioritize threatened fish populations in low-water years. 
The Corps has proposed allocating 962,000 acre-feet to fish and wildlife, 254,000 ...

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Kon Tiki Fundraiser

November 3, 2017
A fund/funraiser for Human Access Project
Thursday, Dec. 7  6:30 pm
Hollywood Theatre with after-party at Popina Swimwear

Aye, it is true that you can change your world while sitting on your butt – on a raft or theater seat. Support the Human Access Project and put an oar in the Portland “riverlution” by watching one of the most ...

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The 6-Year Path to Audrey McCall Beach

October 9, 2017
In May 2011, Human Access Project, in an effort to create an improved access point to Portland's largest public open space, the Willamette River, began a project to re-envision what HAP viewed as an excellent potential beach park. The site had many pros - great access off the eastside esplanade, a walkable distance from the central eastside, great views of downtown and sunsets, and just off a major bike commuter route ...

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Tad McCall on “Audrey McCall” Beach

October 8, 2017
Audrey McCall, the wife of Oregon Governor Tom McCall, loved to swim. Now she may be lucky enough to have a beach named after her right in Portland on the Willamette River. And knowing her, she would invite all Oregonians to share it, enjoy it and mostly, swim from it.
My mother, then Audrey Owen, grew up in Spokane, an area dotted with lovely lakes. Her parents would take their three daughters ...

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Willamette River Renaissance

September 21, 2017
It has been an amazing Cinderella summer for Human Access Project (HAP) and our mission of Transforming Portland’s Relationship with the Willamette River. We are now approaching our eighth year of advocacy.
The first six years were marked by slow, but steady, incremental success. Politically speaking, HAP spent our first three years fighting for a seat at the table and the next three developing relationships with ...

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Humans wanted for City Council meeting

May 16, 2017
Humans wanted for City Council meeting
Are you a human who happens to love the beautiful Willamette River that flows through our city? Would you like to see beaches along the shores of downtown Portland, with safe places for you and other humans to access, swim and play in the water? Then we’ve got an opportunity for you on June 7th from 2-4!
HAP and others who support ...

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Mayor Embraces River In State Of The City Address

April 14, 2017
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler came out strong in support of the river and public access – and included several of our HAP talking points – in his recent State of the City address. Ted also gave a shout-out to our swim team, the River Huggers! High fives, Mayor!
Excerpt from Mayor’s address below.  For the full speech go to: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/wheeler/article/633636
“We Portlanders ...

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Willamette River Awakened

February 18, 2017
Portland is entering a new age in how it relates to the Willamette River. It is an awakening, the forming of a relationship that is sacred and personal.
Once upon a time when Portland was first settled, the Willamette River was viewed as a jewel, an asset, a natural treasure. There were swimming houses, swimming clubs and active bathing in our city’s river.
As Portland’s ...

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HAP ballot measure endorsements.

November 5, 2016
HAP is strongly in support of the following three ballot measures. If you agree, please share with friends and help spread the word!

Protect Our Natural Areas – vote YES on Measure 26-178 

Measure 26-178 will provide cleaner water, wildlife habitat preservation and opportunities to connect to nature across Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties. It will help protect 17,000 acres of ...

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Sharing HAP's Vision

November 4, 2016
It has been very rewarding to develop a relationship with new mayor Ted Wheeler and his staff.  Ted is the first Mayor that has come out publicly, stating both in words and through action, that creating improved access to the Willamette River is important to him. Very encouraging!
Words are important and it’s very easy to talk about things you would like to see happen or things that ...

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2016 Achievements

October 15, 2016
Get on board and help turn the tide after decades of abuse and neglect of the Willamette River. If you dig what HAP has done, dive in and join us! And have a whale of a time doing it! Get into your river!
HAP 1st Annual Mayoral Swim with Ted Wheeler

HAP made history this year by inviting our new Mayor Elect Ted Wheeler to join 250 other river lovers in a swim across the Willamette River. Forming ...

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