Fishing for Chinook salmon each spring with his grandfather on the Willamette River, Jerry White fell in love with rivers. Now he seeks to preserve rivers so others can fall in love with them, too.
With Spokane Riverkeeper, he works to keep waters clean, banks litter-free, users healthy and safe, and fish runs sustainable.
"If the waters are healthy, people are healthy," he said.
River use includes fishing, boating, floating, swimming, paddleboards on or in the river, walking and biking on trails beside the river, or just going to the river to enjoy the sounds, serenity or sunsets.
Spokane Riverkeeper, which began as a project of the Center for Justice, is now an independent nonprofit with its own board and bylaws.