AW also attends several other events each year throughout the US. At events, AW seeks to increase memberships, raise funds for river stewardship work, improve visibility and communications with the community and to support our partners and proponents.
Over the years, AW has shifted away from running multiple events to running just Gauley Fest and Deerfield Fest and simply attending other events. This has allowed us to better focus on our core goal of river stewardship. We have fewer resources tied up in putting on events and we're now able to focus more of our resources on saving rivers. A win for rivers, and a win for the value of our supporter's funds.
On December 19th I represented American Whitewater at the annual meeting of their Whitewater Advisory Committee for Summersville Dam . The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the project, has worked closely with whitewater interests for many years. Their management plan takes into account both lake and downstream recreation (and their associated businesses) as well as lake and downstream fisheries, power generation, flow augmentation, and other matters. This year's realeases were very successful, and we're looking for another great season in 2013. For information on river gauge changes, fisheries management, and other matters please click the link below: