We are pleased to recognize Edgar Peck as the Volunteer of the Month for February. Edgar facilitated a successful effort to buy a new put-in on the classic Watauga River near Boone, North Carolina. Together with the take-out AW owns, the public is now guaranteed permanent access to the outstanding Watauga River.
We are sad to report the passing of Wolf Bauer one of American Whitewater’s original founders. Born in 1912 in the Bavarian Alps, Wolf came to Seattle at the age of 13. In 1948 Wolf established the Washington Foldboat Club (today Washington Kayak Club) and in 1954 he was among the founders of American Whitewater. Wolf had a huge impact on whitewater instruction and river conservation, a legacy that extends over a century.
As part of our work to protect and promote access to public waterways, American Whitewater is pursuing a bill (Senate Bill 6363 and House Bill 2660) in the Washington State legislature to require an evaluation of providing public access for state highway projects that include construction of a bridge across a navigable waterway. In last year’s legislative session our bill passed 49-0 in the State Senate but did not make it to the floor of the House. We are actively pursuing the legislation again this year.
Paddlers made a strong showing at the January 28th Deep Creek Watershed Planning Meeting in McHenry, MD. Releases from Deep Creek Lake that support paddling on the Upper Youghioghenny River have been under attack by homeowners on backwater lots who are left high and dry during droughts. Friendsville town councilman Jess Whittemore and Upper Yough outfitter Roger Zbell have been ably representing whitewater paddlers for years. Jess told me that the presence of so many boaters, especially those who own property in Garrett County, made a strong impression on the County Commissioners. They were also impressed by the many thoughtful emails recieved from paddlers throughout the East. This will put us in a good position for the 2019 relicensing. Thanks to Friendsviller paddler and attorney Bob Allen for representing American Whitewater. Jeff Macklin photo.
In June 2016, American Whitewater members will have an opportunity to join American Whitewater staff and board members for an exclusive trip on Oregon’s Rogue River. We invite you to come learn more about what we're up to while having a great time enjoying one of our nation’s first Wild and Scenic Rivers.
American Whitewater initiated legal action this past week on a hydropower project that is not in compliance with environmental laws protecting river values. While hydropower provides an important source of energy for the Pacific Northwest region, owners of these facilities have a responsibility to operate them in compliance with the laws and regulations that all hydropower operators must adhere to.
Come see American Whitewater and the year's best photos and videos at the National Paddling Film Festival (NPFF)! This year's NPFF will be held on February 19-20 in Frankfort, KY at the Buffalo Trace Distillery.
For the March 2016 issue of the American Whitewater Journal, we'll be highlighting the perils and promise of river access. Our Colorado Stewardship Program wants to hear your stories! Help us fix River Access!
The Washington Department of Natural Resources is embarking on a new planning project that will guide recreation on DNR-managed lands in the Nooksack River and Whatcom Lake watersheds for the next 10-15 years. The effort will kick off with two public open houses that will be scheduled for January.
If you haven't started already it's time to start planning for that big multi-day trip you've been wanting to do. American Whitewater's permit database can help you find the information you need.
This month, American Whitewater supporters stepped up, took action, and made a difference on two important issues that have a big impact on river conservation and recreation. As Congress wraps up the session for 2015, here’s an update on where things stand with hydropower legislation and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
One of the classic West Coast guidebooks is now available on the AW website for download. Dick Schwind’s guidebook, published in 1974, contains many rivers that are still uncovered in other guides, online or in print. His work also provides a great window into what it was like to be a paddler in the 1970’s
This week marked a major milestone in our efforts to protect Western North Carolina streams using the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. American Whitewater and numerous paddlers wrote to the Forest Service to share the exemplary values of the region's whitewater gems and to argue for their full protection. We would like to thank all the paddlers that attended a public meeting or wrote an email to the Forest Service.
In response to American Whitewater and community advocacy to follow CA Streets & Highway Code 991, the Transportation Division of the El Dorado County Community Development Agency issued an invitation to comment on river access for the Mosquito Bridge Replacement Project. Mosquito Road Bridge is one of two public take-out sites for the South Fork American River below Slab Creek and allows paddlers the option to take-out before the Cls V Motherlode Falls Rapid. Thus it is important for paddlers to take the opportunity to comment with specific river access needs.
The California State Lands Commission (SLC) is in the final stages of updating their strategic plan through the final draft of the California State Lands Commission Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020. Led by California State Lieutenant Governor, Gavin Newsom, State Controller, Betty Yee and Director of Finance, Michael Cohen the Lands Commission is tasked with protecting the lands that are controlled by the State of California. This includes all of the lands under and adjacent to the navigable rivers within the State.
On December 1st Black Canyon Hydro LLC filed its License Application for the Black Canyon Hydropower Project. If constructed, this project would involve dewatering Ernie’s Gorge and putting it in a pipe to generate hydropower. We expect that a public comment period will soon open providing an opportunity for feedback on their application.
In response to of the state’s draft basin plan for southern Vermont, American Whitewater and scores of boaters pressed the state to support the expansion of releases on the West River. Restrictions by the Corps of Engineers and Agency of Natural Resources have led to the elimination of nearly all scheduled boating opportunities on the West River over the past two decades, eliminating recreation opportunity and hurting the local economy. AW and its partners have been working to restore these releases.
In response to requests by American Whitewater, several affiliates, and other stakeholders, FERC directed Brookfield Renewable to study the impact of its hydropower operations on whitewater boating on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts. Boating groups and our supporters are seeking to determine optimal whitewater boating flows from the Fife Brook Dam and whether changes in hydropower operations would enhance boating opportunities, access and navigation.
After 3 years of discussion and negotiation with Southern California Edison and the US Forest Service the Kern River has several new online flow gauges on the Upper Kern River. These gauges will replace the cumbersome and antiquated flow phone that was part of the Kern River #3 license.
Tis the season when American Whitewater works with power companies and other groups to schedule the coming year's dam releases in the Southeast. In addition to hundreds of releases on Class I-III rivers like the Nantahala, Tuckasegee, and Catawba, we put together an outstanding integrated schedule of Class IV and V opportunities. Check it out!
Montana's Lewis and Clark National Forest is updating the inventory of rivers they protect as eligible for Wild and Scenic designation. Paddler comments on these streams on the Rocky Mountain Front and other great parts of Montana can help protect some of the state's most outstanding streams from dams and other potential impacts. Comments are due by December 15th, and make great Christmas presents for Montana rivers!
American Whitewater recognizes Bob Larkin, Nate Scally and Eric Hendrickson as our December 2015 Volunteers of the Month for their leadership hosting the Russell Fork Rendezvous and the Lord Of The Fork Race in Elkhorn City, KY. In recognition of the teams efforts, they will each receive a custom Kokatat X-Jacket.
The House is expected to vote the week of November 30th on energy legislation (H.R. 8) that is really, really bad news for rivers. The bill comes as a response to the hydropower industry's efforts to weaken the authority of tribes and state and federal agencies to protect water quality, fish and wildlife, public lands and recreation. If passed, hydropower provisions of H.R. 8 would tip the balance in strong favor of the hydropower industry, and do so at the expense of the local communities that rely on rivers for their livelihoods. Paddler’s voices are important in the process and we encourage you to reach out to your member of Congress today!
American Whitewater has worked with local paddlers and agency planners over the past year to create a river access plan for the Harpers Ferry, WV area. Two popular and scenic class III whitewater runs on the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers converge in Harper's Ferry, yet there are only 3 public parking spaces at the take-out and the public put-ins are far upstream on both rivers. The plan is the result of an outstanding effort by our members and partners, and we are now working together to improve river access opportunities based on the plan.
Denver, Colorado - American Whitewater and our conservation partners across Colorado released a statement today that applauds the release of Colorado’s first-ever water plan. After 10 years of work, it is critical that the Plan now be implemented, so that Colorado's rivers are protected, restored, and enjoyed!
American Whitewater, along with other paddling groups and outfitters, filed comments with FERC responding to the Whitewater Boating Evaluation at Turners Falls on the Connecticut River. The study showed that there is strong demand for boating on this section of the Connecticut River if sufficient flows, scheduled releases, better access, and real-time information are provided. The groups filed the comments in order to provide additional information for the environmental review and to respond to the unsupported statements by FirstLight, the utility performing the study, claiming that there is little demand for boating at Turners Falls.
California State Parks and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will need boater input for a joint General Plan/Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Auburn State Recreation Area (SRA). This recreation area was originally land set aside for the construction of the infamous Auburn Dam, which was authorized by Congress in 1965. However, after years of delay and the eventual halt to the construction of the dam, these agencies prepared an Interim Resource Management Plan (RMP) to help them address the approximate 250,000 visitors per year using the area in 1992. Today, in 2015, visitation to Auburn SRA has grown to nearly 1 million users per year. State Parks and Reclamation must formulate a updated management plan that will address the growing numbers of visitors and recreational uses in the area.
PacifiCorp is in the process of repairing the stair treads at the Canyon Creek take-out access on Merwin Reservoir. Several treads were damaged by vandals who were throwing one-man boudlers down the stairs. Depending on weather, the repairs are expected to take 5 work days over the next two weeks.
In a partnership between advocacy groups, outfitters, and hydropower utilities, Brookfield Renewable Energy and TransCanada Hydro Northeast announced support for #optoutside, a national campaign started by REI designed to encourage outdoor recreation rather than shopping mall exploration on Black Friday after Thanksgiving. In support of #OptOutside and at the request of American Whitewater, the utilities will provide whitewater flows on the Deerfield below the Fife Brook Dam between 11-1 on November 27th.
American Whitewater members elect the Board of Directors to represent membership and serve three-year terms. These candidates volunteer to serve on the American Whitewater Board. Current American Whitewater members can cast their votes for Directors through Midnight Pacific Time, December 15th.
Paddlers now have the chance to help protect Western North Carolina's best whitewater runs from dams and other impacts. The Forest Service is accepting public comments in support of WNC rivers and creeks' eligibility for Wild and Scenic designation. No one knows our streams like paddlers, and our community is in a unique position to speak to what makes these streams special. Explore a map of potentially eligible rivers, submit comments, and consider attending a public meeting.
The 30th Anniversary of the Grest West Virginia "Election Day" flood is being remembered this November 5th and 6th. Massive rains (12 - 14"!) in the Cheat, Potomac, Tygart, and Greenbriar Headwaters caused unprecedented floods. The massive high water surge had tragic results: 40 dead, 2600 homeless, and over a half a billion dollars in damages. Many of our favorite runs saw huge changes. Click through for an article on the Cheat Canyon that was published in the Preston County Journal. For more stories, click here.
American Whitewater is pleased to announce our 2015 Holiday Membership Offer – a one year AW membership paired up with our AW Klean Kanteen pint cup. . .and all for just $40!
Giving a great gift and supporting your favorite non-profit at the same time. . .great river karma!
Over the next several months, American Whitewater will continue to work to protect and restore the rivers that you love across the country, and ensure that everyone can enjoy them safely. Twice each year, we reach out to whitewater lovers everywhere to ask for your support. As you'll see in our Winter Appeal, we've got our work cut out for us throughout 2016. We hope that what we're working on supports the special places that bring you joy, adventure, inspiration and community, and that you'll remember AW as you begin to consider your end of year giving.
Hot off the presses. . .get your 2016 American Whitewater calendar. We collect the best photos from our gracious paddling community and pick out our favorites for the annual AW calendar. Consider picking one up today. . .they also make great gifts.
This week, the Clean Water Rule is under attack in Congress, threatening the rivers you love to paddle on. American Whitewater has supported this new rule by the EPA and Army Corps because it restores protections to our nation’s headwater streams and wetlands, which are directly connected to the rivers we paddle. A vote is expected in the afternoon on Tuesday, November 3rd in the Senate. Speak up for clean rivers today!
American Whitewater recognizes Dan and Ginni Vernau as our November 2015 Volunteers of the Month. Hats off to you two for helping make this year's Feather Fest a success! In recognition of Dan's and Ginni's efforts at Feather Fest, they will each receive a custom Kokatat X-Jacket.
Thanks Dan and Ginni for all you do!
Thanks to an organization wide effort to provide transparency and operate efficiently, Charity Navigator awarded American Whitewater with its sixth consecutive 4-star rating. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that American Whitewater adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Only 3% of the nonprofits Charity Navigator rates have received six consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that American Whitewater outperforms most other charities in America. This “exceptional” designation from Charity Navigator differentiates American Whitewater from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust and support.
Make your online shopping mean something for the rivers you love. American Whitewater is participating in the Amazon Smile program. With each purchase through Amazon Smile a small percentage is passed through to American Whitewater supporting river stewardship.
Join American Whitewater staff and board members for an exclusive trip on Oregon’s Rogue River. Our June 2016 trip is approaching and space fills quickly. Learn more about our river stewardship program while enjoying the outstanding multi-day river trip.
The Nisqually River Council (NRC) is preparing a plan for the development and management of a water trail on the main stem Nisqually River from below LaGrande Dam to the Nisqually delta. To help with the planning process, we would like to hear from paddlers who know this river.
If you would like to see flows restored to the New River Dries, now is a very important time for you to let federal regulators (FERC) know your thoughts. The power company has proposed zero releases, and no vehicular access to the top of the run in their Draft License Application. American Whitewater is asking for releases and access, but it is important for individual paddlers to make their voices heard too. Send your comments in no later than 10/31/15.
We were not surprised, but we were bummed out, to hear that a court put on hold the incredibly important clarification of the Clean Water Act known as the Waters of the United States rule. We've been supporting the new rule because its protections are critical for paddlers as well as for drinking water supplies around the country.
Photo: Kent Ford of AW's Board of Directors
The Grand Canyon is a national treasure, and not just for us paddlers. From rafting and kayaking to hiking and just plain enjoying, the Canyon is where it’s at. Today, we finally have a chance to fully protect the canyon with a new bill authored by Rep Raul Grijalva of Arizona. The bill would stop, once and for all, more uranium mining, like the kind that has already contaminated many of the life-giving springs in the area.
October 8, 2015, a significantly amended Yellowstone and Grand Teton Paddling Act passed the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill would require the Parks to allow at least some amount of paddling on 50 specific rivers in the parks following a 3-year analysis and public process. American Whitewater is neutral on this bill and urges the Park Service to offer a middle ground by offering a normal, public, scientific reconsideration of paddling.
Senator Wyden is circulating a discussion draft outline for legislation that would support outdoor recreation, and he is seeking feedback. He recognizes that Congress has an opportunity to assist communities across the nation that depend on outdoor recreation in realizing this economic potential. We applaud the Senator for his leadership and encourage our members to join the dialogue.
The Pit River Bridge in Fall River Mills will be closed indefinitely. This will lengthen the shuttle route to the river for the release this weekend.
American Whitewater is deeply disappointed to see Congress fail to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund ahead of its expiration on September 30. You can help us continue the push by contacting your member of Congress and highlighting the importance of this vital program that helps provide river access. If constituents speak up we can keep it near the top of the agenda and we will be able to get it reauthorized.
Citing a host of environmental concerns raised by American Whitewater and our partners, the federal government has recommended denial of an application seeking to build a 109-foot-tall hydroelectric dam on the Bear River in southeast Idaho. Federal regulators agreed with our view that the Oneida Narrows represents a regionally unique and important river recreational resource that would be destroyed by the proposed dam, for which mitigation is not possible.
American Whitewater is proud to announce Michael Maloney as our October Volunteer of the Month! Michael generously contributed over 40 hours of his time at Gauley Fest this year, all the while sharing his optimism and sense of humor, and demonstrating incredible leadership skills with the team. Thanks to Michael for helping make Gauley Fest a huge success this year...we can't wait to have him back in 2016!
Despite the many challenges we paddlers face in trying to preserve our beautiful, wild rivers, there are incredibly bright spots. And today we mark one! AW’s own Nathan Fey has been tapped to serve on the Advisory Council of Colorado’s newly created Outdoor Recreation Industry Office, under the very able leadership of Luis Benitez, a famed climber, business leader and Eagle, CO city councilman.
Last weekend, 1500 boaters came out to the West River in Jamaica, VT to enjoy the annual whitewater release from the Army Corps Ball Mountain Dam. The release was up in the air until the last minute due to low reservoir levels caused by the installation of hydropower generators in the dam. AW, along with its partners and affiliate clubs, continues its effort to secure additional opportunities to boat on one of the northeast's most treasured rivers.
The last 2015 whitewater release on the Savage River in Western Maryland will be on Saturday, September 26th from 10 AM to 4 PM. This is a lively, continuous Class III-IV run in a beautiful valley. Because of landowner requirements at the takeout EVERYONE needs to sign the waiver and use the shuttle provided by Garrett College Adventuresports Institute. They did a great job with the shuttle on the other releases and the river is a hoot! Be ready to pay a few bucks to cover expenses. Many thanks to Mike Logsdon and his GC crew for making this happen!
Come out for the Free the Snake Flotilla in eastern Washington on Saturday, October 3rd! The rally is in support of removing the four lower Snake River dams. These four dams stand between salmon and their home waters, and are costing taxpayers millions of dollars to maintain while their benefits are in steep decline. Read on for more info on how you can join with fellow kayakers, salmon advocates, tribal members, anglers, outfitters, orca lovers, and business owners for a rally to free the Snake River!
Colorado - This week, the Colorado Water Conservation Board voted unanimously to seek an In-stream Flow water right on the Dolores River, protecting up to 900 cfs of water during spring peak flows, as well as essential winter base flows of 100 cfs. Paddlers celebrate the State's Instream Flow rights which will preserve the environement, while benefiting whitewater boating along nearly 40 miles of the Lower Dolores River.
The first ever Statewide Water Plan is being heralded as a plan "by Colorado, for Colorado". For this to be true, Colorado paddlers need to send in their comments on the Plan. Final comments are due Thursday, September 17th, and American Whitewater asks that you to submit comments TODAY. We've made it so easy, just click the link and your done!
September brings big booming flows to the Gauley River in WV. Gauley Fest provides the paddling community with an opportunity to gather at this amazing river and celebrate American Whitewater stewardship success.
The September/October issue of the AW Journal features "Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands" and "National River Stewardship issues taking center stage".
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Sullivan Creek is a beautiful advanced/expert level creek that tumbles out of the lush Selkirk Range in the remote northeastern corner of Washington State. American Whitewater worked with the power company and other local stakeholders to improve the fall drawdown water releases from Sullivan Lake for whitewater paddling, economic value, and ecological considerations. Drawdown releases began yesterday, and are anticipated to provide ideal paddling conditions starting today, and extending through much of the fall.
Virginia officials have confirmed that they consider Johns Creek and several other whitewater streams navigable and public unless proven otherwise. This is a common sense approach that respects the rights of citizens that own property adjacent to rivers, as well those who wish to rightfully enjoy those public rivers and streams. Legal challenges are possible though, and we encourage caution, discretion, and respect within the paddling community as this exciting development plays out.
Snohomish PUD will be releasing flows from Culmback Dam on the Upper Sultan River on Saturday, September 12th, providing an opportunity for whitewater recreation. These flows have been required in recent years to improve river health, and beginning in 2015, began to be scheduled on a weekend with advance notice to allow whitewater paddlers to take advantage of the opportunity. Paddlers need to sign up in advance with Snohomish PUD.
American Whitewater recognizes Hattie Johnson as our August 2015 Volunteer of the Month! On behalf of everyone that attended this years Gore Canyon event, as a participant or spectator, we want to thank Hattie for making this years Gore Fest such a success.
Whether you are a resident or a visitor, you undoubtedly love to paddle in Colorado. Your comments on the Colorado Water Plan, will be used to decide the future of Colorado's Rivers. Please submit comments by September 17th, and help us prevent Colorado's rivers from being further dammed and dried up.
International mining companies have sought to develop nickel strip mines within the Kalmiopsis region of SW Oregon and NW California for years, threatening the stunningly pure waters of cherished whitewater rivers, including the Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith and Illinois. This month, we have an unique opportunity to protect these and other rivers in the region, and paddler's voices from across the country are important to making this happen. Submit your comments by September 28th!
The Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) is a proposed large-scale dam and reservoir project, which threatens the ecology and recreational opportunities of Colorado's Cache la Poudre River. The Proposal has gone through years of review and re-design, and continues to be significantly flawed in its analysis of impacts to river health, and recreation. Comments on the Proposal are Due September 3, 2015.
Maine kayactivists converged on a meeting in Westbrook this week to demand that plans to decommission a dam on the Presumpscot River include effective fish passage and high quality boating opportunities. Working with the local community, boaters want SAPPI to restore the river by providing the most effective fish passage that will also allow for the enjoyment of boating opportunities at Saccarrappa Falls where the dam is located.
American Whitewater received the following open letter to boaters from the rangers and staff of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. The letter outlines important river information for upcoming fall releases.
American Whitewater is proud to announce the two affiliate recipients of the 2015 Clif Bar Flowing Rivers Campaign. Each group will receive a $1,250 grant to go towards their respective stewardship projects. Thanks to the many affiliate groups who participated in this year's grant process. Most of all, a huge thanks goes out to Clif Bar for sponsoring this wonderful opportunity for river stewardship!
The "Ohiopyle Over the Falls Festival" will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Come on out and participate in the Falls Race, the Free Style event, or just run laps on the falls! Additional activities will include a Silent Auction and Town Party at 7:30pm featuring The Mavens at the Steward on the Green Community Park in Ohiopyle.
Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been a critical source of funding for important river access projects and other recreational pursuits across the country. This fund however is set to expire on September 30, 2015 unless Congress reauthorizes it. We’re calling on all paddlers to reach out to their Congressional representatives and ask them to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Over the past couple months we’ve shared news of the hydropower industry asking Congress to give them huge advantages in damming and diverting rivers. Paddlers and other river enthusiasts responded loudly with emails and calls to political leaders, and with editorials in newspapers. Thanks to your efforts, some of the worst parts of the industry’s wish list were cut away as the Senate crafted an energy bill. While our work on this issue is not over, the outreach to Senators has made a huge difference.
Durango, Colorado - On Wednesday morning, 1Million gallons of contaminated mine drainage was accidentaly released into the Animas River watershed. A crew working to clean-up a mine outside of the town of Silverton, accidentaly released the plume forcing local officials to close the river to paddlers, pets and livestock, and other water users. The impact on fish and wildlife is not fully known at this time.
Yesterday, the power company that de-waters the New River Dries with the Hawks Nest Dam proposed zero dam releases to mitigate their impacts on whitewater recreation and naturally variable flow patterns. American Whitewater will be offering a balanced response to this extreme proposal that outlines the value and potential for restoring significant recreational and ecological values to the New River.
Join American Whitewater for the 2015 Feather River Festival. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this event. Come see why this has become the best river festival in California!
Join us in Summersville, WV September 18th and 19th for the biggest and best ever Gauley Fest. Reserve your Vendor booth now!
Take advantage of the 15% discount on Vendor booths through August 31st. Reserve your booth today and lock in your discounted price!
Gauley Fest can't happen without your help! Please consider signing up to volunteer for two hours (or more) 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 that's also AW's biggest fundraiser.
As many of you know, the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) is a major transbasin diversion and reservoir project impacting the health of the Poudre River as it runs through LaPorte and Fort Collins. This week is the time to make your voice heard at two listening sessions sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday and Thursday.
The hydropower industry is pushing legislation that threatens your whitewater. We encourage paddlers to share their personal experience enjoying rivers where hydropower projects provide recreational flows. We oppose any bill that would undermine the public's ability to balance hydropower interests with non-power values like recreation, fish and wildlife.
What a week! On Monday, over 90 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for Gore Canyon Whitewater Park on the banks of the Upper Colorado River. The park’s official opening marks the first applied water rights for recreation on the Colorado River, and as such is a major victory for paddlers and advocates for the state’s booming river-recreation economy. Unfortunately, today brought less good news from the Colorado Water Conservation Board on the propsoed Glenwood Springs Recreational Water Rights.
Late last week, the Commonwealth of Virginia took a great step forward in enhancing public access to rivers and streams. Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a memorandum of understanding that directs three state agencies to work together to identify new potential public-access projects, particularly at bridge crossings and roads. American Whitewater applauds the efforts of Governor McAuliffe to keep Virginia residents and visitors alike connected to the Commonwealth's outstanding rivers and streams.
Buena Vista, Colorado - Saturday July 18th, Officials from the Departments of Interior and Agriculture, along with State leaders and members of Congress, will celebrate the designation of Browns Canyon National Monument along Colorado's Arkansas River. Please join us!
Earlier today the designation of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument was announced. The new 330,780 acre National Monument is in Northern California and contains two whitewater sections of Cache Creek and two sections of the Eel River that offer some great paddling relatively close to San Francisco. The area also offers outstanding hiking and other recreational opportunities. This designation should ensure that the paddling opportunities and the landscape that supports them remain special for generations to come.
Last fall the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department solicited input on the designation of a segment of the Molalla River that includes the Three Bears run as a State Scenic Waterway. American Whitewater is actively supporting this designation. We encourage the paddling community to attend the meeting and file comments.
Last fall the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (ORPD) solicited input on the designation of a segment of the Chetco River that includes the Chetco Gorge as a State Scenic Waterway. American Whitewater is actively supporting this designation. We encourage the paddling community to attend the meeting and file comments.
Excellent news on the Upper Colorado today with the release of the Record of Decision from both the Forest Service and the BLM on our long-worked for Wild and Scenic Alternative stakeholder plan. Since 2007, the Upper Colorado Wild & Scenic Stakeholder Group has been working on a plan to protect and enhance a remarkable stretch of the Colorado River’s mainstem between Kremmling and Glenwood Springs. It’s a truly important stretch of the Colorado for a variety of users, especially us paddlers, and it’s our goal to balance permanent protection of the river and flexibility for water users.
The all important second draft of the Colorado statewide water plan was released yesterday, and it's already generating a lot of ink.
Whether you are a resident of Colorado, or a visitor during the summer event circuit, your comments are needed to help protect rivers from new dams and water projects.
This week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission cancelled the preliminary permit for the Talkeetna River Dam Hydroelectric Project effectively putting an end to any immediate plans to build a 370 foot high dam on the Talkeetna River in the middle of the classic overnight whitewater run.
The Yakama Nation is currently conducting a survey of recreational boating on the reach of the Methow River from the Lost River confluence down to the Weeman Bridge. While this reach sees more limited boating than sections downstream, we know that this reach that includes the community of Mazama is used for river-based recreation. We encourage paddlers with local knowledge to fill out the survey.