Willamette River Advocacy

Here We Come!

May 29, 2018
There’s a lot of talk going on about culture these days. Regardless of your ethnicity you have one! Your culture is who is in your circle - it’s your friends, your family, your co-workers, your neighbors - all these groups individually and together help form the perceptions we hold about things.
It’s time for the culture of our group of HAP members to step forward to help influence our own sub-cultures. ...

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Action Alert - Sample Letter

May 28, 2018

PLEASE PUT IN YOUR OWN WORDS AND VOICE TO SUIT HOW YOU FEEL OR MAKE NO CHANGES. THANK YOU!!
 
Deborah Kafoury, Chair mult.chair@multco.us 503.988.3308
 
Sharon Meieran, Commissioner-Dist.1 (Downtown) district1@multco.us 503.988.5220
 
Loretta Smith, Commissioner-Dist. 2 district2@multco.us 503.988.5219
 
Jessica Vega Pederson, Commissioner-Dist. 3 district3@multco.us 503.988.5217
 
Lori Stegmann, ...

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One City/Many Futures: The Portland We Are Making

March 19, 2018
March 26: Greening Portland
 
Architecture, city planning and community/environmental activists come together to define a sustainable vision for the future of Portland. How many bioswales and bike lanes are enough? What about widening I-5, or increasing mass transit? How many highrises, parking spaces, and how high is high? There's talk about equity, but is anyone creating it, and how are they doing it?
 
 
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Sewer Overflows and the Willamette River

February 11, 2018
I will never apologize for a Sewage Overflow into our city’s river. When it happens I feel a collective shame for our community. I wish it would never happen at all. But how often does a sewage overflow happen? In 2017 there were a grand total of seven - that is an occurrence of less than 2% of the year!When a sewage overflow does happen it is typically 80% storm water and 20% sewage.
This Valentine's Day Portland ...

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Swim on Portland!

January 23, 2018
  
We MUST tend to our individual flames and seek out things that stoke our optimism.
What is the alternative?  
For many, including myself, 2017, and continuing into 2018, has felt like a pile on.  Did we take the eight magical years with Obama for granted?  Did Obama make it look too easy?  Did we become complacent and expect progress would continue to happen without active public participation? ...

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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
“Kon-Tiki” 
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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Offseason Training

November 3, 2017
We have officially hit the HAP offseason. What an amazing season it was! Thank you for being a part of it! So much accomplished, so much fun. I feel like I am witnessing an awakening in our community – can you see it too?
 
As Ringleader I tested my limits and pushed myself as far as my body and mind would allow. It feels great knowing I gave it all I could, that the work yielded positive results, and so many ...

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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!
 
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Esoteric ramblings from the Ringleader

May 16, 2017
Esoteric ramblings from the Ringleader
 
 
I am looking to take on a vocabulary change. I have grown tired of the word “partnering” being thrown around today. I prefer the word “cooperation”.
 
Partnering feels like a box you check when filling out a grant application. Partnering is so 1980’s. I am not at a swinger’s party tossing my keys in a bowl. I ...

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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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March - From HAP Ringleader Willie!

April 14, 2017
I had the awesome experience of participating in my first paid speaking gig as Ringleader of Human Access Project. Well, no cash necessarily, but Friends of Chicago River bought my airfare and a hotel room to speak at their 2017 Chicago River Summit.  Two HAP Board members and close friends Tommy “T- Bone” Vandel and Jonny “Motown” Ostrander, picked up their own tab and came along to ...

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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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