On Wednesday, July 23 at 2:30 ET, Colorado Senator Mark Udall will lead a hearing of the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee on a suite of land and river conservation bills. The hearing will focus on several bills that are near and dear to the paddling community, including bills to protect Browns Canyon (CO), East Rosebud Creek (MT), and the Mountains to Sound Greenway (WA). Read more to see how you can help.
Many of you have probably heard about the water level in Lake Mead, the nation’s largest reservoir, has dropped to its lowest level ever. And, it continues to drop every day, as the drought that’s gripping much of the American West marches on. That isn’t great news for water users who are dependent on it. But what does it mean for the Colorado River, river recreation, and the use of water across our country?
This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the Deerfield Fest, an annual celebration of boating on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts. The festival is an opportunity to come together with your paddling friends and listen to live music, check out the festival vendors, and maybe win a boat and other gear at the silent auction.
Help protect rivers in Western North Carolina! On Thursday, July 10, 2014, the Nantahala and Pisgah national forests will be hosting a meeting in Asheville to solicit public input on their current Forest Planning effort. A lunch-time Wild and Scenic River session will be offered for people to recommend new protections and improved management. You can expect a poster or two to check out, a friendly Forest Service staffer to chat with, and some comment cards to fill out. There may be no easier way to save rivers on your lunch break!
This year is IRIE Rafting Company's 20th Anniversary and July 9th is also Frank, the founders, 50th Birthday. Frank has alwasy felt IRIE needed to give back to the community and the environment. Over the past 20 years IRIE has done just that through their benefit days and by offering very discounted rafting trips for under privileged guests.
This time around, on Wedneday July 9th, IRIE will give all proceeds from their half day Truckee River trips and proceeds from their 20th Anniversary Extravaganza to American Whitewater and the Truckee River Watershed Council.
Throughout July you can help keep our rivers flowing just by sharing your summer adventure photos on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! For every photo Tweeted, or posted to Instagram or Facebook with the tag #MeetTheMoment, CLIF Bar will donate $1 to American Whitewater. We know you're already sharing your summer fun photos with your friends. Add #MeetTheMoment for a simple and easy way to support American Whitewater's work to restore and protect the rivers you enjoy!
Green River, Utah - The final proposed action for rehabilitating the Green River/Tusher Canyon Diversion Structure has been released for public review. Thanks to overwhelming support from the public during the public comment period, downstream boat passage is included in the plan.
Thank you for sending in your comments - we did it!
Earlier this month we joined a diverse group of stakeholders for a paddle down the Upper Colorado river – through the roadless section between Catamount and Pinball – to appreciate the mighty river, and the almost-final success of a preservation plan for its long-term flows. Flows were high, which gave us a chance to appreciate just what a lot of water does for riparian vegetation, and also how important it is to have more stream gauges that help us understand the impact of both high and low flows.
Photo Credit: Justice Greg Hobbs
American Whitewater’s affiliate group, The Friends of the Yampa, has been organizing multi day Yampa River Awareness Project raft trips down the Yampa Canyon since 2006. The idea of bringing together paddlers, river advocates, politicians, photographers, videographers and the press was born out of a major threat to the Yampa’s flows some 8 years ago.
Submit your best photos for American Whitewater's annual calendar by August 1st, 2014. You can submit your photos via our simple online form. If your photo is selected you'll get a free copy of the calendar plus the feeling of knowing you helped us put together this important fundraiser!
Twice each year, American Whitewater reaches out to ask that you help support our work to protect and restore rivers across the country, and ensure that the public can enjoy them safely. Our 2014 Summer Appeal highlights our key projects for the rest of the year, and as you'll see, we've got our work cut out for us–from the Department of Energy's call to dam every river, to projects to protect and restore cherished rivers throughout the country. As a whitewater lover and fierce defender of rivers, your support is more important than ever to help us see these projects through. You can help by becoming a member or making a tax-deductible donation today!
Earlier this month, Colorado Governor Hicklenooper vetoed a great water conservation and river protection bill. After a year of work by a diverse coalition of farmers, water providers and conservationists across the state to reach a compromise to address the state’s water woes, Hickenlooper reversed course and killed the bill.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado - Energy development in the Yampa and Green River basins needs to strike a balance with river health. The Steamboat Springs newspaper - The Steamboat Pilot - printed AW's take on this important issue.
Jamie McEwan, the whitewater canoe racer whose skill inspired a generation of paddlers, lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, June 14th. He was 61. In 1972 Jamie, then 19, won a bronze medal in C-1 Slalom at the Olympic games in Munich, Germany. That medal, the first won by an American, inspired many younger paddlers (including several future medalists) to train hard and become champions. Twenty years later, he teamed up with partner Lecky Haller to finish 4th in C-2 Slalom at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. His astonishing career continued when, in 2001, he made the U.S. Whitewater Team paddling C-2 with his son Devin. He also participated in serious river expeditions to Mexico, British Columbia, Bhutan, and Tibet. Recently he helped create the Whitewater Slalom Foundation, which supports for a network of Regional Junior Whitewater Teams to encourage youth participation in the sport. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
There’s simply no better, more popular resource than the American Whitewater website for paddling and river stewardship information. This value is reflected in the incredible amount of usage our site sees with over 800,000 page views a month serving thousands and thousands of river enthusiasts every day. What’s more, all this content is completely free! Now, we need your help to fund an overhaul of this incredible resource so we can serve our users for the next decade. We’re calling on all website users and river enthusiasts to make a tax-deductible donation to support a deeply needed update of our website. Donate Today: Fill out our online donation form and put “website” in the comments field
Gauley Fest is the world's biggest paddling festival and American Whitewater's biggest fundraiser - but we need your help! Please sign up to volunteer and become a part of the Gauley Fest Volunteer Team! It's a fun and easy way for you to be a critical part of an amazing festival.
Last week the U.S. Department of Energy released a report on the potential for new hydropower projects across the country. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced that the U.S. has the potential to add more than 65.5 GW of new hydropower to the nation's energy portfolio by damming over 3 million river and stream reaches by 2030, including iconic rivers like the Penobscot River in Maine, the Tuckaseegee River in North Carolina, and the Smith River in California. If fully developed, these hydropower projects would destroy over 1,700 whitewater runs across the country.