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Enloe Dam Remains an Economic Loser (WA)

posted November 18, 2014
by Thomas O'Keefe
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American Whitewater joined river conservation groups in releasing an updated review of the economics of restoring hydropower at Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River in Washington State. This project would cost $40 million to build, would cost more to operate than it brings in for revenue, and accumulate $170 million losses over the life of the project. It is time to remove a project that has not operated since 1958 and is simply an economic loser.

ACTION ALERT: Shorten CO's Boating Season?

posted November 14, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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The future of late summer flows in the Colorado River is at risk, and we need your help to show how important these flows are to paddlers. Front Range entities are questioning whether paddlers even use the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon after Labor Day. If you enjoy the Colorado River, please take two minutes to write a letter to the City Manager of Glenwood Springs. You can help prove that paddlers enjoy late summer flows and prevent the Front Range from taking away an entire month of the paddling season!

American Whitewater Supports Clean Water Protection Rule

posted November 13, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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Through Outdoor Alliance, American Whitewater joined today with the Outdoor Industry Association to support the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers' proposed Clean Water Protection rule. The rule clarifies Clean Water Act protections for rivers and streams that offer world-class recreation opportunities that improve the quality of life and provide the economic foundation for countless communities. "It's important to American Whitewater's membership that these headwater streams and wetlands are protected by the Clean Water Act," said Kevin Colburn, National Stewardship Director.

Court Finds 2012 Chattooga Decision Legal

posted November 11, 2014
by Kevin Colburn
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Last week the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on the case over the Forest Service’s 2012 decision to implement restrictions on paddling the Wild and Scenic Upper Chattooga River.   Conservation-oriented paddlers, Georgia Forest Watch, and the Rust Family had asked the court to overturn various portions of a lower court decision that favored the Forest Service.  These requests were denied, and the lower court ruling was upheld by the Fourth Circuit. 

Workplace Giving and AW

posted November 3, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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It's workplace giving season, which is a great way to support American Whitewater! If you are a federal employee, American Whitewater is eligible to receive tax-deductible donations through the Federal Combined Giving Campaign (yes, we're a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization). If you're not a federal employee, you can check to see if your employer participates in workplace giving through United Way or other programs, and ask how to donate to the organization of your choosing. Thanks for your support!

2015 American Whitewater Calendar For Sale

posted November 3, 2014
by Mark Singleton
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The 2015 American Whitewater calendar is now available for purchase! Each year, we collect the best photos from our gracious community and pick out our favorites for our annual calendar. Proceeds from calendar sales support our river stewardship work. It's an awesome fundraiser and a product that we know you'll love.

2014 Holiday Membership Offer

posted November 3, 2014
by Carla Miner
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It’s not too early to be thinking about the Holiday gifts you’ll need for all the river enthusiasts on your shopping list. We have a great offer this year - for just $45 you get a standard one year membership with American Whitewater and a 2015 AW Calendar.

We think this is a great gift to give to any river lover. . .or a great gift to give yourself! And, it’s so easy to order.

November Volunteers of the Month–Presented by Kokatat

posted November 1, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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American Whitewater's Volunteers of the Month for November are Charlie and Karin Guilbault, who have been long time volunteers at the Feather River Festival in California. The success of this event would not be possible without key volunteers who work tirelessly to make this event a reality, and Charlie and Karin certainly fit the bill. In recognition of their efforts, they will receive custom Kokatat WoolCore Shirts. Thanks so much Charlie and Karin!

American Whitewater Journal Schedule For Winter 2014-15

posted November 1, 2014
by Mark Singleton
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The American Whitewater Journal is the longest running whitewater paddlesports publication in the US. Our Journal has also documented the evolution of paddlesports and chronicled the development of kayaks that were primarily imported from Europe, to homemade glass layups, squirt boats, the rise and fall of play boats. This winter we will be combining the November/December and January/February issues to create a winter issue that will be in your mailbox this January.

2014 Board Of Directors Election - Current Members Vote Now!

posted November 1, 2014
by Mark Singleton
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American Whitewater is very fortunate to have a Board of Directors with a passion for our mission and a mix of appropriate skills to help guide American Whitewater and meet the challenges we face, both now and in the future. Each year American Whitewater’s membership elects volunteer Directors to serve three-year terms on the American Whitewater Board of Directors. Current American Whitewater members can cast their votes through Midnight Pacific Time, December 15th.

American Whitewater's 2014 Winter Appeal

posted October 31, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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American Whitewater works to protect and restore the whitewater rivers across the country that you love, and we rely on your ongoing support to keep us going strong. Twice each year, American Whitewater reaches out to you to ask that you become a member or renew your membership to American Whitewater, or to consider making a tax-deductible donation. Learn more about what your contribution will support in our 2014 Winter Appeal!

American Whitewater Opposes Temperance Flat Dam (CA)

posted October 30, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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American Whitewater submitted comments this week to the Bureau of Reclamation in opposition of the proposed Temperance Flat Dam slated for the San Joaquin River in California. The proposed dam would inundate a reach of river that the Bureau of Land Management recognized as suitable for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System for its cultral and scenic values. Temperance Flat Dam will have steep economic and resource costs while yeilding little water, and is not the solution to California's extreme drought.

Comment Opportunity on Upper Chattooga Access

posted October 28, 2014
by Kevin Colburn
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The Forest Service is seeking comments on their Environmental Assessment and proposal to upgrade and designate the trails and access areas that paddlers and others use to access the Wild and Scenic Upper Chattooga River. Comments are due by midnight, November 7, 2014.  Your comments can help encourage high quality and sustainable hiking and paddling opportunities, and help clarify that no permit should be requied to paddle the Chattooga River upstream of Green Creek.  

Warm Springs Film Premiere Set to Drop in Moab

posted October 27, 2014
by Nathan Fey
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Today marks the release of an inspiring, wild ride down the Yampa River. Warm Springs is a film featuring AW staff and friends from all over Colorado, and delivers a rich and gorgeous portrait of one of the West’s last truly wild rivers through the lens of its most famous rapid, Warm Springs. 

Hydropower Project Proposed for Talkeetna (AK)

posted October 7, 2014
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Northwest Power Services recently filed a preliminary permit application to construct a hydropower project on the Talkeetna River. The Talkeetna is known to many as Alaska's best backcountry whitewater trip. The developer proposes to construct a 2300 feet long and 370 feet high dam located in a scenic canyon just downstream of the confluence of Disappointment Creek. A public comment period is now open for this project.

Mining Water Right Denied–NF Smith Headwaters (CA/OR)

posted September 30, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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The Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD) has denied Red Flat Mining Corporation's application for a water right for exploratory mining activities in the headwaters of Baldface Creek and the Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith River! The international mining company seeks to develop a nickel strip mine in the South Kalmiopsis Roadless Area, which is one of the most remote and expansive backcountry areas in Southern Oregon. This is an important victory in the effort to protect the crystal clear waters of Southern Oregon, however our work is far from over.

AW Weighs in on Forest Planning Process in California

posted September 29, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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California's Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests are home to many rivers cherished by the whitewater community, including the Kern, Kings, and Merced Rivers and Dinkey Creek. On Monday, September 29th, American Whitewater asked the Forest Service to recognize the importance of these and other rivers for whitewater recreation activities, and to update and expand protections for them. Our comments come as the three forests begin the NEPA process for updating their forest management plans.

AW Wins Forest Service Appeals - Rivers to Benefit (ID & MT)

posted September 29, 2014
by Kevin Colburn
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American Whitewater was recently notified that our appeals of the new Forest Plans for the Kootenai and Panhandle National Forests were successful.  These forests, in northern Montana and Idaho respectively, contain incredible whitewater streams where paddlers might see grizzly bears, 10-foot white sturgeons, or even a caribou. The result of our successful appeals will almost certainly be the protection additional rivers and streams from hydropower dams and other threats.

First Descender Bill Bickham Returns to the Upper Yough after 55 Years

posted September 7, 2014
by Charlie Walbridge
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Bill Bickham, a seven-time national whitewater canoe champion who made the first descent of the Youghiogheny River in May of 1959, returned to Friendsville this past Saturday for a valedictory trip with Precision Rafting Expeditions. Once considered an extreme expedition, the "Upper Yough" between Sang Run and Friendsville now plays host to hundreds of skilled kayakers every summer weekend and supports an vibrant commercial rafting trip business. Bickham, now 77, was one of the strongest paddlers of his era.He and his friends ran the Upper Yough in aluminum canoes at very low water levels. At a party afterwards Bickham met several people who played an important role in making the Upper Yough accessible to the paddling public. For more information, click the link:

Adventuresport Institute Completes Successful Savage River Release Season

posted September 7, 2014
by Charlie Walbridge
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American Whitewater congratulates the Garrett College Adventuresport Institute for managing another successful season of Savage River whitewater releases. The river, which hosted the 1989 World Slalom and Whitewater Championships, offers five miles of very continuous Class III-IV whitewater that's a joy to paddle. Program Director Mike Mike Logsden and other Garrett College personnel arranged parking, shuttle service, put-in and take-out access, release of liability for the stake-holders, and the removal of dangerous river debris. Takeout procedures this year were re-designed to avoid a dangerous road crossing. Expenses related to the shuttle service and strainer removal was paid by donations from participating boaters. If you enjoyed yourself, send a brief thank you to michael.logsdon@garrettcollege.edu




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