The Willamette Ferry – From a Bridge City to a River City

Join us in Portland for a presentation by Peter Wilcox, who will speak about the chances of the old Crater Lake tour boats becoming Willamette River ferry boats. These amazing, locally built, historic – yet completely serviceable boats – are Coast Guard-certified 49 passenger vessels that plied the pristine waters of Crater Lake for three decades.  They would make an ideal way to restore public river transportation that is cleaner and greener than any modes other than biking or walking, a beautiful way to get average Portlander’s in touch on a day to day basis with the water quality of the river, and a great boon to attracting ecotourism to the city.

Peter Wilcox is an avid and far-ranging seakayaker, sailer, boatbuilder, and Coast Guard licensed captain. He is the founder of SCOW~ (Skippers for Clean OR & WA Waters), past-president and board member of RiversWest, the instigator of the biodiesel-hybrid Willamette Foot Ferry project, and secretary of the board for the Columbia Riverkeeper.  Peter’s built his new wooden sailboat, Ama Natura, with the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding.  Ama is 100% biodiesel and wind powered, petroleum liquid free, and has a composting head.  For his day job Peter is senior manager of BetterBricks at the NW Energy Efficiency Alliance.

WHO: Peter Wilcox

Presentation about Crater Lake tour boats becoming Willamette River ferry boats.

Sierra Club office in Portland (1821 SE Ankeny Street) (map)

Thursday, January 20th. Potluck begins at 6:30 and the program begins at 7.

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