Originally Posted by cmharris
Who do you support? Who is doing good work? I am currently not a member of any group but I need to change that. The two I'm aware of, at least through their website, are Idaho Rivers United and American Whitewater. I'm sure there are more. Thanks.
For stream access and use rights advocacy:
Montana- Public Land Water Access - PLWA.org
On January 16,2014, PLWA won a major public bridge access case and further clarified the overall Curran stream use law and 2009 House Bill HB 190 Clarify Public Bridge Access, both of which are now law.
Utah - Utah Stream Access Coalition - utahstreamaccess.org also Facebook
Currently, USAC is involved with two navigable waters and Public Trust based lawsuits and an access/use legislative bill to be introduced within the next couple of weeks.
Although presently inactive, and since you are in Oregon - Common Waters of Oregon - Common Waters of Oregon | Preserving Oregon rivers as common highways and forever free."
In 2010, Common Waters tried to move 2010 Senate Bill SB 1060 that would have clarified stream use. This bill has excellent model language to adapt for here in Colorado.
Nationally, National Organization of Rivers (NOR) nationalrivers.org advocates for water access and use and has written a book about these 2 issues.
In Montana, both MT TU and MT Wildlife Federation actively moved MT HB 190 Public Bridge Access to enactment, so they also may deserve your support.
Here in Colorado, CTU, access-wise, may be supportive of expanding the existing, permitted Colorado Parks and Wildlife hunting "Walk In Access" program to include boating and fishing over private upland. Otherwise, CTU primarily advocates for stream and trout conservation and preservation, if those are your advocacy interests.
Any or all of these groups deserve active support if by "advocacy" you mean access to/from or use of streams for all lawful water dependent outdoor recreational activities.