Brief History of the WSPA
The WSPA was founded by Richard Woodin in (I think) the 1970s. It was founded with the express purpose of fighting the impending closure of the Alpine Lakes in the Cascades to seaplanes for environmental reasons. Unfortunately, this fight was not won and the lakes were closed sometime in the later 1970s.
I heard about the group after getting my seaplane rating with Lana Kurtzer in 1980 or thereabouts. I attended a meeting at which, being the newest person there, Dick asked me if I'd be interested in taking over as president. I accepted and was president for the next several years. The one accomplishment I can take some credit for is organizing the response to a threat to close Lakes Roosevelt, Ross, Chelan, and Diablo to seaplanes, again for environmental (noise) reasons. We were successful in fending this closure off via a public input (letter writing) campaign, and today these lakes are all officially designated seaplane operations sites (they weren't before).
There is a lot of the story that I'm sure I don't know. However, I do know that this organization is for the purpose of keeping Washington Waterways Open. Since I've been a member I've seen attempts to close the San Juans to non-commercial operators. Lake Isabel has been an ongoing issue that hopefully will be resolved soon after many years of hard work. American Lake was almost closed, even though the SPB is all but gone, there is hope yet for the historical location. Lake Whatcom and the Floathaven SPB is also under constant threat of the neighbors and local government for closure. This is a ongoing process.
Recently we've added a new SPB in Olympia and Lake Curlew out in Ferry County. We've added a temporary SPB each July at Lake Goodwin for the Arlington NW EAA event. The private operator actually welcomes seaplanes. Straight float flyers now have access to our Capital City and the largest fly-in in the northwest.
by C. Marin Faure, author of Success on the Step, the story about Kenmore Air.
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Old WA-SPA Website
We've come a long way...