The woman swimming British Columbia’s second-longest river to raise awareness of potentially harmful development projects is through the major white water portion of the trip.

Ali Howard has swum more than 200 kilometres and completed about a third of her journey. Since July 21, she has spent nine hours a day in the water supported by a team of nine crew in two kayaks and two rafts.

As the Skeena’s tributaries continue to empty into it, the river becomes wider, deeper and less rocky but hazards such as whirlpools and strong currents appear.

Howard, who works as a chef but is a former water polo player, is expected to arrive in Hazelton on Aug. 3 for a community celebration.