Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 9th for Wild Rivers Night! American Whitewater joins Northwest Rafting Company and our river conservation partners to bring you a fun evening of films, photos and presentations celebrating the wild rivers of Oregon. Doors open at 7 p.m....reserve your tickets today!
Through it’s Colorado River Program, American Whitewater has been an active participant in the US Bureau of Reclamation’s Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study. Building on our success as part of this multi-state policy effort, American Whitewater is now serving as the sole recreation voice engaged with other Colorado River Interests to examine both the challenges we face, and the potential solutions to the water shortages in the basin.
AW is hard at work for paddlers and our rivers!
Colorado - Its official! On December 10th, U.S. Senator Mark Udall introduced S. 1794 to create the Browns Canyon National Monument, covering 22,000 acres between Salida and Buena Vista. The legislation includes 10,500 acres of new wilderness and preserves the most popular rafting destination in the country. American Whitewater has played a direct role in securing permanent protection for Browns Canyon over the past several years, and worked directly with Senator Udall to advance this legislation.
The 2014 American Whitewater calendar is now available for puchase! Each year, we collect the best photos from our gracious fans and pick out our favorites for our annual calendar. We then sell this calendar and use the funds to support our river stewardship work. It's an awesome fundraiser and a product that we know you'll love. Please consider picking up one today. Thanks!
The BLM has recently announced a series of community listening sessions as part of the revisions for Resource Management Plans for Western Oregon. American Whitewater has engaged in this process and we will be advocating for river conservation and the value of whitewater recreation on BLM-managed lands. Some of the rivers include Umpqua, Alsea (and Drift Creek), Nehalem, Wilson, North Santiam, and Rogue. You can help by attending a meeting or contributing information to our database.
American Whitewater has teamed up with the Community First Foundation to help raise support for our Colorado River Program through ColoradoGives Day. We invite you to take part in this fun opportunity, and help us reach at least 30 donations in support our River Access and Conservation work across Colorado. Your donations will be matched with donations from Colorado-based FirstBank.
Last week the River Paddling Protection Act, HR 3492, was discussed in a hearing in the House Natural Resources Committee. This bill aims to lift a 60-year-old federal-level ban on paddling rivers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks in favor of normal and flexible river management. Aaron Pruzan testified on behalf of conservation-oriented paddlers, and we are actively working to improve and pass this landmark legislation.
If you're a member of a local boating group and you're seeking funding for an innovative project that will promote safe and clean boating on local waterways, the BoatUS Foundation's Grassroots Grant Program might be able to help. Local grassroots non-profit organizations, boating clubs, and student groups are eligible to apply.
The mighty Missisquoi, running along the Vermont/Quebec border, finally saw its first releases this fall, nearly 30 years after they were first promised. After a series of disappointing attempts to schedule releases earlier this year that were canceled due to low flows, we finally got our opportunity this fall and we were able to arrange for several weekend releases with the help of the Vermont Paddling Club. These first test releases demonstrated that the Missisquoi is a first class paddling opportunity unique to Vermont.
Yesterday, Congresswoman Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduced the River Paddling Protection Act, H.R.3492 , in the US House of Representatives. The bill would eliminate federal prohibitions on paddling small human-powered boats like canoes and kayaks on rivers within Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. American Whitewater will spend the next few days and likely weeks reviewing the bill and discussing it with our regional partners who share a commitment to the preservation and sustainable enjoyment of these special places.
American Whitewater is asking all paddlers and river lovers to take 5 minutes to read our 2013 Winter Appeal (pdf) and consider making a donation to our river stewardship efforts. In this appeal, you can learn more about the hard work we will be doing in the coming year on behalf of river lovers everywhere.
For 2013, we've put together a great Membership deal: An American Whitewater Membership plus your choice of one of four different t-shirts(!) all for just $45. It’s not too early to be thinking about the Holiday gifts you’ll need for all the river enthusiasts on your list. No matter if they’re at home on the water, or just enjoy supporting river stewardship, an AW Membership is the perfect gift! Act fast though, this offer is only good through Dec. 31st, or while supplies last.
Advertising in the American Whitewater Journal is a great way to reach your customers in the paddling and outdoor community. What's more, your advertising dollars help support American Whitewater's river stewardship work! For complete details on advertising in the American Whitewater Journal, see our 2014 Media Kit. Thanks!
As an organization, American Whitewater has been quite fortunate to have a committed group of volunteer Board of Directors that provides the organization with high-level oversight and strategic direction. To sustain this healthy and vibrant Board an effective process is in place to insure an appropriate transition of Directors over time. This transition process balances the need for fresh ideas with appropriate leadership continuity. Current American Whitewater members have the opportunity to elect Directors online through December 15th, 2013.
Last week the Federal government cancelled a permit granting North Hydro, LLC exclusive rights to persue a hydropower development on Idaho's Boulder Creek. The hydro project would have largely dewatered 2 miles of Boulder Creek, an otherwise highly scenic and ecologically valuable whitewater stream. American Whitewater is pleased to have played a role in successfully defending Boulder Creek from this threat.
The first three weekends of November in the southeast are scheduled Tallulah releases, a stapel of dixi boating. Here are a couple quick reminders for Tallulah releases.
Eighteen months ago whitewater paddlers raised over $20,000 for off-road parking in Friendsville, Maryland. This small riverside town sees a large influx of paddlers running the Upper Youghiogheny on summer weekends. Work continues despite unexpected challenges that have greatly increased costs, but the town remains committed to the project. Click through to get the latest details:
American Whitewater releases the 2012 Annual Report. Your membership support allows American Whitewater’s river stewardship staff to work on important projects in their respective regions. Our team consists of professional staff supported by board members and volunteers from communities across the country.