What We Stand For
Northwest RiverPartners is a not-for-profit, member-driven organization. Our diverse members include consumer-owned utilities, ports, and businesses from across the northwestern United States. We are focused on raising awareness about how the Northwest’s hydropower system betters our communities and the natural environment. In doing so, we encourage science-based solutions that help hydropower and salmon coexist and thrive. Together, our members represent more than 4 million electric utility customers, thousands of farmers and employees, and small and large businesses that provide hundreds of thousands of jobs for communities across the Northwest.
Northwest RiverPartners (NWRP) was founded in 2005 as The Coalition for Smart Salmon Recovery in response to the court challenge of the 2004 National Marine Fisheries Service Biological Opinion. The goal of the organization was to provide the public and policymakers with information that they weren’t hearing from the litigants. More than anything, NWRP recognized that the only way for the region to come together in agreement while debating over the emotional issue of salmon recovery was by focusing on sound science.
As time went on, NWRP would grow to include over 100 members, representing their voices and the voices of the communities they serve. While we have continued to evolve, we still believe in informing the public and policymakers with the best available science. We also hope to work towards collaborative solutions with our members and to reach those with differing views. The journey of our organization is a challenging one, but we strongly believe it is worth the effort.