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PG&E Withdraws License Application on Butte Creek

posted February 6, 2017
by Dave Steindorf
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PG&E announced on February 2, 2017 that it was withdrawing its application to relicense the DeSabla – Centerville Hydroelectric Project on Butte Creek and the West Branch Feather River.  PG&E engaged in a fifteen year relicensing process, spent tens of millions, only to determine that the energy from this project has been replaced by solar power.

BLM and USFS Issue 20 Year Protection for Kalmiopsis Rivers! (CA/OR)

posted January 13, 2017
by Megan Hooker
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On January 12, 2017, the BLM and Forest Service announced a 20-year halt to new mining activities in the watersheds of the North Fork Smith, Illinois, Pistol River and Hunter Creek in Oregon. American Whitewater celebrates this important milestone with the conservation and recreation partners that we've worked with, and thanks Representatives DeFazio and Huffman and Senators Wyden and Merkley for their dedication to protecting this place. And we thank YOU too for standing up for these wild rivers!

TAKE ACTION!! Protect OR's NF Smith Watershed!

posted September 15, 2016
by Megan Hooker
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The Oregon Water Resources Department recently proposed a new rule that will protect the instream uses of the Smith River and its tributaries. The rule is a critical step in proactively safeguarding the fish, wildlife, and recreation uses of the waters of the Smith River watershed in Oregon from ill-advised water development such as large-scale mining proposals. The agency is requesting public comment by 5 p.m. on October 28th, and we encourage you to weigh in!

CA State Water Board Orders More Water For Butte Creek

posted August 18, 2016
by Dave Steindorf
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The California State Water Resources Control Board has ordered the decommissioning of the Centerville Powerhouse on Butte Creek to protect spring run salmon. This is part of a relicensing agreement that American Whitewater has been working on since 2003. As a result, Butte Creek, located in Northern California will be receiving more water.

American Whitewater Festival Season is Here!

posted August 8, 2016
by Evan Stafford
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As summer winds down and as botable flows fade along with it, you may find yourself looking for one last hurrah. One more chance to gather with the tribe, paddle an exciting stretch of whitewater and dance into the wee hours of the night wih the reckless abandon only a gypsy boater can. Look no further! American Whitewater provides the flows and the party, with the three best paddling festivals of the summer right around the corner – Gore Festival (CO) August 26-28, Gauley River Festival (WV) September 15-18, and Feather River Festival (CA) September 23-25

Help Protect S. Sierra Whitewater Rivers (CA)!

posted August 4, 2016
by Megan Hooker
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This summer the Sierra, Sequoia and Inyo National Forests are seeking feedback from the public on their update and revisions to Forest Management Plans. These plans set the stage for how the forest will be managed for the next 20 years. Unfortunately, the agency's draft analysis on Wild and Scenic Rivers has largely neglected whitewater recreation values of classic whitewater rivers, including Dinkey Creek. Paddler's voices are important in this process! The deadline to comment is August 25th.

Submit Photos For the 2017 AW Calendar This Month

posted July 5, 2016
by Kevin Colburn
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American Whitewater is accepting photos for our 2017 Calendar now through August 1, 2016.  Submitting photos through our online form is simple, and we can't wait to see your best shots.  Thanks to all of our contributors!

Take Action to Protect Kalmiopsis Rivers (OR/CA)!

posted May 17, 2016
by Megan Hooker
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Mining companies want to develop nickel strip mines on public lands in southwest Oregon’s Kalmiopsis region, threatening several cherished whitewater rivers in SW Oregon and downstream in NW California (Baldface Creek, NF Smith, Rough and Ready Creek, Illinois). The Department of Interior is considering whether to protect these lands from new mining claims and is currently accepting public comment. Many of you have already shown your support for protecting these amazing rivers from these threats, and we need your voices again!
 

Oregon Paddlers! Take Action to Protect the NF Smith River!

posted March 24, 2016
by Evan Stafford
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Oregon’s Environmental Quality Commission is considering whether to protect the North Fork Smith and its tributaries under the Clean Water Act's highest type of water quality protection. The river is threatened by a nickel strip mine proposal in its headwaters, and you can help protect the North Fork Smith and its tributaries by weighing in

New and Bigger Dams Threaten California Rivers

posted March 22, 2016
by Evan Stafford
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California is emerging from a multi-year drought and numerous dam proposals threaten rivers throughout the state. These proposals do little to address the state's water concerns and come with a hefty price tag. American Whitewater is focusing efforts to stop these unnecessary surface storage projects.

Yosemite Seeks Comments on Wilderness Plan

posted December 11, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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Yosemite National Park recently announced that it is beginning the process of updating its Wilderness Stewardship Plan, and has requested that the public provide comment about the future of the Park's Wilderness lands. As we celebrate that boaters can now access the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers within the Park for the first time in decades, the rest of the rivers in the Park remain closed to paddling. The Wilderness Stewardship Planning process provides an opportunity to ask the Park to consider changing this. American Whitewater successfully advocated that the Park view "rivers as trails and boats as backpacks" on the Merced and Tuolumne, and we believe this approach is relevant again. We encourage paddlers to speak up during the scoping process, which closes January 29th. 

New Gauges On The Kern River

posted December 1, 2015
by Dave Steindorf
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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.

Submit Photos for the 2016 AW Calendar This Month!

posted July 1, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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American Whitewater is accepting photos for our 2016 Calendar now through August 1, 2015.  Submitting photos through our online form is simple, and we can't wait to see your best shots.  Thanks to all of our contributors!

Camping Now Open on Middle Fork American River

posted June 7, 2015
by Theresa Simsiman
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After a private boater was cited for misdemeanor criminal charges for camping, American Whitewater asked California State Department of Parks and Recreation to reconsider their camping policy on the Middle Fork American River (MFA).  This policy essentially banned private boating camping from July to October to reduce the risk of fire.  In a letter to Superintendent Mike Lynch, Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA), Dave Steindorf acknowledged the importance of protecting the recreation area from fire risks but did not believe State Park’s intent was to exclude private boaters from enjoying a river camping experience on the MFA.   

Merced in Yosemite–Officially Open at Last!!

posted April 27, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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On Friday, April 24, 2015, the Merced River in Yosemite National Park was officially reopened to paddlers! Even though the new Wild and Scenic River Plan was finalized a year ago, the actual rules and regulations for the Park were finally updated on Friday. This marks the culmination of seven years of sustained engagement by American Whitewater with the National Park Service and other stakeholders. 
 

Tuolumne River (CA) Paddle to Sea 2015

posted March 19, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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Paddle to the Sea is the Tuolumne River Trust's annual paddle-a-thon to protect the Tuolumne River and raise funds and awareness for river stewardship. Sign yourself or your team up for a fun one-day paddle in May or June on the Tuolumne or American River, or challenge yourself to go the distance from the Sierra to the Sea! All funds raised support the Tuolumne River Trust's work to recover from the 2013 Rim Fire, educate the community about water conservation and efficiency, and restore the watershed.
 

Improved Flows on the Yuba - One Step Closer (CA)

posted December 29, 2014
by Dave Steindorf
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Yuba/Bear and Drum Spaulding projects in Northern California.  Our review of this 1000 page documents says that it spells good things for boaters.

 

Take Action: Protect Wild and Scenic Illinois and NF Smith Headwaters (CA/OR)

posted December 18, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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Mining companies are actively pursuing proposals to strip-mine in Southwest Oregon watersheds, threatening Rough & Ready, Baldface and Hunter Creeks and the Wild and Scenic Illinois and North Fork Smith Rivers. One of the surest ways to protect the wild rivers of Southwest Oregon is through a mineral withdrawal, which would prevent future mining activities on these public lands. You can help protect these whitewater gems by contacting your Congressional Representatives today!  

Mining Co. Appeals Water Right Decision–NF Smith Watershed (CA/OR)

posted December 10, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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Red Flat Nickel Corp is continuing its push to mine near Baldface Creek in the headwaters of the Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith River. Last summer, the Oregon Water Resources Department denied Red Flat's application for a water right, and the company recently filed a petition for reconsideration in response. Read on for a press release with more information. American Whitewater will continue to work to protect the headwaters of the Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith. Stay tuned for ways that you can help. 

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.

ACTION ALERT: Save San Joaquin River Gorge from New Dam (CA)

posted October 8, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) is proposing to build another large dam on California's San Joaquin River. If built, the Temperance Flat Dam would have significant impacts to the San Joaquin River Gorge, including drowning several Class III-V whitewater runs, such as Patterson Bend. The BOR took a major step forward in bringing the dam into reality when it released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project last month. You can stand up for the San Joaquin by attending a public hearing during the week of October 13th, or submitting public comment by October 27th.

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.

Action Alert! Speak Up for CA Rivers Threatened by Drought Bills

posted May 23, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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The Senate unanimously passed a drought relief bill for California last night. There's a good chance that important river protections, restoration efforts and the Wild and Scenic Merced will get caught in the middle when the bill goes to conference in the House. Help us keep these river protections strong! No matter your home state, contact your Senators and Representatives to speak up for rivers in California and Wild and Scenic Rivers everywhere!

Yosemite Releases Tuolumne River Plan

posted March 21, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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On Friday, March 14th, Yosemite National Park released their Final Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement, announcing that boaters will have the opportunity to enjoy the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne by kayak on a trial basis. While we’re pleased that the Park has placed boating on equal footing for this reach, we're disappointed that the plan continues to prohibit boating on the rest of the river.

Yosemite National Park Releases Final Merced River Plan

posted February 14, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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Earlier today, Yosemite National Park released their Merced Wild and Scenic Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. The new plan places paddling on equal footing with other activities in the Park, and we're very pleased to announce that the Park Service has improved and enhanced opportunities to enjoy Yosemite via kayak, canoe and raft.

California Rejects BC Hydro

posted January 21, 2014
by Megan Hooker
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On January 15th, 2014, the California Energy Commission adopted a final report that reaffirms the integrity of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) regarding imported hydropower. After 5 years of hard work, American Whitewater and our partners in the California Hydropower Reform Coalition (CHRC) and river advocates in British Columbia are celebrating this important victory, which will have a reaching impact on rivers across the border.

Rim Fire Closure Update (CA)

posted December 19, 2013
by Mark Singleton
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American Whitewater has received updated information on the impacts of the Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest in California.

Congress Proposes To Log Yosemite After Rim Fire

posted October 8, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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In August, a hunter's illegal campfire exploded into the massive Rim Fire in California, burning forestlands throughout the Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park and private lands. Earlier this month, the House Committee on Natural Resources held a hearing on HR 3188, also known as the Yosemite Rim Fire Emergency Salvage Act, which would expedite "salvage" logging in the national forest and Yosemite National Park.  American Whitewater joined our with partners through Outdoor Alliance to weigh in on the issue.

Piru Creek (CA) Releases Cancelled for Fall 2013

posted September 25, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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Releases into Piru Creek below Santa Felicia Dam in California have been cancelled this year due to low rainfall last winter. Unfortunately, this year Piru Reservoir did not fill, and is currently 70 feet below normal levels. As a result, United Water Conservation District will not be providing access to the creek this fall.

Feather Fest 2013 - September 27-29

posted August 26, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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The 22nd annual Feather River Festival (CA) will be held during scheduled releases September 27-29, 2013. This event is a fundraiser for American Whitewater, and will be hosted once again by local paddling club Chico Paddleheads. Join us for a weekend of celebrating the Feather River through races, films and fun!

The Pit River Flows!

posted August 12, 2013
by Dave Steindorf
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As part of the new license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, PG&E released flows for paddlers for the first time this past weekend. Elite padder Macy Burnham had this to say about the run, "Cali has many amazing class III and Class IV rivers that are accessible to your average kayaker; unfortunately, it does not have many solid class IV rivers.  The Pit 5 stretch from Madesi to Big Bend Bridge definitely fills that void.  It is a great little stretch of whitewater." 

Public Meetings Scheduled for Pit 1 - June 11th (CA)

posted May 23, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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On Tuesday, June 11th, California's State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) will hold two public meetings about whether to permanently cancel summer flushing/whitewater flows through Northern California's Pit River Canyon. The Pit 1 reach is a valued whitewater resource, and it's important that boaters weigh in on the process, either by turning out to a meeting or submitting written comments!

AW Defends State Agency's Ability to Protect CA Rivers

posted May 13, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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In late 2012, PG&E directly challenged the authority of California’s water quality agency–the State Water Resources Control Board–to protect the beneficial uses of rivers impacted by hydropower projects. On Tuesday, May 7, American Whitewater and our partners testified at a hearing before the SWRCB, standing up for the agency’s authority to protect the public interest and respond to changing conditions in the future.

5th Annual Paddle to the Sea with Tuolumne River Trust

posted April 29, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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This May and June join Paddle to the Sea – the Tuolumne River Trust’s popular paddle-a-thon where hundreds of river lovers and boating enthusiasts raft, canoe and kayak from the Sierra to San Francisco Bay. There is adventurous whitewater and mellow flat-water; fun one-day trips, or going the distance. Boaters of all skills and ages are encouraged to join.

Comment Deadline Extended for Yosemite's Merced River Plan

posted April 16, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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To date, Yosemite National Park has conducted an extensive amount of public outreach on the Draft Merced Wild and Scenic River Plan. Today the Park announced that they are extending the deadline for the public to submit comments  to Tuesday, April 30th. American Whitewater submitted comments today, and you can read them here!

Detailed Report on 12/9/2012 Clear Creek Accident

posted April 16, 2013
by Charlie Walbridge
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American Whitewater just received an report on the death of Selby Arno on California's Clear Creek last December. It is very complete and well written; you can read the entire report by clicking on the link below:

Interior Recommends Removing Klamath River Dams

posted April 8, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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On Thursday, April 4th, the Department of Interior recommended removing four dams on the Klamath River, listing the action as the Preferred Alternative for a long-term solution to address native fishery and water resource issues in the Klamath Basin. The recommendation was set forth in the Department's Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), which provides a comprehensive review of whether partially or fulling removing four dams owned and operated by PacifCorp will help to restore salmon runs to the Klamath River.

Paddling in Yosemite–Comments Due April 18th

posted April 2, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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Thanks to everyone who submitted comments for the Tuolumne River Plan last month! Now is your chance to weigh in on how the Wild and Scenic Merced River in Yosemite National Park will be managed in the future–comments are due April 18th. With your help, we can advocate more effectively for opening this stunning and amazing river to the public!

Bill to Roll Back Merced Wild and Scenic Boundary Reintroduced (CA)

posted March 15, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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Efforts to roll back the boundary of California's Wild and Scenic Merced River are picking up again. H.R. 934 was recently introduced in the House, and if passed it would open the door for Merced Irrigation District to increase the height of the spillway at New Exchequer Dam by 10 feet and expand McClure Reservoir. Not only would this drown a segment of an outstanding river, but it would be the first time in the 45 year history of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act that a designated reach would be shortened in the name of development.

Funding for River Access and More–Support LWCF

posted March 12, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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In a bipartisan effort last month, the Senate introduced the Land and Water Conservation Authorization and Funding Act of 2013 (S.338). The Land and Water Conservation Fund has supported many projects that provide access and protect important rivers, including the White Salmon (WA), New and Gauley (WV), Illinois (OR) and Snake (ID). If passed, the bill will reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and support similar projects into the future.

ACTION ALERT–Help to open Yosemite to boating!

posted February 8, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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Yosemite National Park is currently seeking the public's input on how the Wild and Scenic Merced and Tuolumne Rivers will be managed in the future, including the question of whether to open them up to paddling. While we're pleased to see the park is considering lifing the ban in some areas, the preferred alternative for both rivers keeps the long-standing prohibition on paddling in place for the Tuolumne and on sections of the Merced. With your help, we can advocate more effectively for opening these stunning and amazing rivers to the public!

AW Opposes Bureau of Reclamation Proposal to Raise Shasta Dam (CA)

posted January 25, 2013
by Megan Hooker
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The Bureau of Reclamation seeks to raise the height of the dam by 18.5 feet, further inundating the McCloud and Upper Sacramento Rivers at great cost to California taxpayers. American Whitewater submitted comments today opposing the proposal because of the negative impacts to recreation and riparian habitat.  Comments are being accepted through Monday, January 28th, and we encourage you to weigh in!

Wall Street Journal on the Wild and Scenic Merced

posted January 10, 2013
by Dave Steindorf
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The Wall Street Journal published a story today outlining the debate over the possible de-designation of the Wild and Scenic Merced River.  We believe that this type of coverage will help highlight the threat to the Merced and Wild and Scenic rivers everywhere.

AW Defends Clean Water Act

posted December 12, 2012
by Megan Hooker
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Polluted stormwater runoff is one of the key causes of degraded water quality on rivers throughout the country, and this fall, American Whitewater joined with other conservation and recreation groups to defend the Clean Water Act in the Supreme Court. We filed a "Friend of the Court" brief in support of NRDC and Santa Monica Baykeeper's efforts to ensure that municipalities clean up polluted stormwater. The case focuses on the L.A. and San Gabriel Rivers, and has implications for rivers that flow through towns and cities across the country.  

 

AW Testifies for Cleaner Water on the Sac (CA)

posted October 16, 2012
by Megan Hooker
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On Thursday, October 4th, American Whitewater testified before California's State Water Resources Control Board in support of more stringent water quality protections at the City of Mt. Shasta's wastewater treatment plant, located on the Box Canyon run of the Sacramento River. The Board accepted recommendations from AW and the boating community that these protections be implemented year-round. The final permit is expected to be released in the coming weeks. 

 

Pit River Releases - October 6-7 & 20-21 (CA)

posted September 25, 2012
by Megan Hooker
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Whitewater boating releases on Northern California's Pit River between Fall River Mills and Highway 299 will take place on October 6-7 and 20-21. The Pit has something to offer everyone, with a range of Class II to Class IV water, and stunning scenery, waterfalls and geology.  

American River Festival

posted September 6, 2012
by Paul D. Martzen

The American River Festival is once again on the South Fork American River the weekend after Labor Day.  The festival this year is on September 7-9, 2012.  Proceeds benefit American Whitewater and several other river conservation and nonprofit groups.  Whitewater races, rodeo, gear sway and Saturday night dinner are among the highlight events.

Navarro River proposed for Boating Water Trail

posted August 28, 2012
by Paul D. Martzen
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Help create a Boating Water Trail along the Navarro River.   Take a few minutes to share your knowledge or interest in this river.  Take a short survey. 

Navarro River - Boating Recreation Survey.

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey before Sept 15, 2012.

August Feather Releases Cancelled Due to Fire

posted August 20, 2012
by Megan Hooker
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Due to the ongoing Chips Fire in California's Feather River Watershed, the August 25th and 26th whitewater release on the Feather River has been cancelled. Heavy smoke is blanketing the area, and PG&E has shut down most of the hydroelectric system on the North Fork. The Feather River Fest, scheduled for September, is still on schedlue. The August release has been rescheduled for the 27th and 28th of October.

 

 

AW Intends to File a Citizen Lawsuit under the Endangered Species Act

posted August 10, 2012
by Megan Hooker
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On Thursday, August 9th, American Whitewater and Friends of the River notified the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and PG&E of their intent to sue for violations of the Endangered Species Act at the Pit 1 and Hat Creek Hydroelectric Projects in California. The projects have numerous impacts on the endangered Shasta crayfish and have been in violation of the Endangered Species Act since 2005. 


 

AW Calls for Public Hearing - River Access & Bridges in CA

posted July 9, 2012
by Megan Hooker
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Under utilized provisions of the California Streets and Highway Code require that an Access Feasibility Study be conducted when a new bridge is built, and American Whitewater wants to make sure they are completed. Today, American Whitewater requested a public hearing regarding the Access Feasibility Study that was done for the SR 99 Bridge over the Feather River conducted by Caltrans. This is a good opportunity for California residents to get involved and improve river access - not just on the Feather, but on any new bridge project in your area!

Success on the Yuba!

posted June 28, 2012
by Megan Hooker
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Culminating a six-year effort, American Whitewater has reached significant flow agreements for the Yuba watershed. These agreements were memorialized in the amended license applications filed with FERC by the Nevada Irrigation District and Pacific Gas & Electric Company. We look forward to seeing you enjoying improved flows in the Yuba watershed! 

ACTION ALERT: Ask Senator Feinstein to Protect the Merced!

posted May 15, 2012
by Megan Hooker
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The Wild and Scenic Merced River is still under threat by HR 2578.  The House will vote very soon on the bill, which proposes to allow Merced Irrigation District to drown a portion of the Wild and Scenic Merced River - pictured here. Whether you live in California or somewhere else, please call Senator Dianne Feinstein today and ask her to protect the Wild and Scenic Merced River! And when you're done, call your Congressional representatives and express your concern that what's happening on the Merced could be detrimental to Wild and Scenic rivers throughout the country, including the ones you love in your home state or region.  

Paddling on the Merced in Yosemite!

posted March 27, 2012
by Megan Hooker & Paul Martzen
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Yosemite National Park is currently seeking your input as they develop alternatives for the Merced Wild and Scenic River Management Plan. Boating is currently banned throughout most of the Park, and we are pleased to see that it is being considered on additional stretches of the river. Your comments can help support opening the entire length of the Wild and Scenic Merced River within the Park to canoes, kayaks and rafts!  Participate in public workshops and/or log in to a Webinar an April 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 (Pacific time) at yose.webex.com

AW releases recreational guide for stream modification projects

posted March 11, 2012
by Kevin Colburn
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AW is pleased to announce the release of our technical stream modification guide offering specific considerations to help projects meet recreational objectives as well as primary engineering or habitat objectives.  This guide is intended to help paddlers advocate for safer stream modification projects that fully support the restoration, protection, and public enjoyment of rivers and streams. 

AW and Outdoor Alliance Support Clean Water Act Guidance

posted February 14, 2012
by Kevin Colburn
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Last year the Obama Administration released draft guidance on which streams should be protected by the Clean Water Act.  Today, we joined the American Canoe Association and our other partners in the Outdoor Alliance in reiterating our support for the proposed guidance, and requesting the issuance of final guidance.

It's Permit Season

posted January 6, 2012
by Thomas O'Keefe
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It's now time to start thinking about multi-day trips for this spring and there are several great opportunities on Western Rivers. Many of these rivers require you to fill out a lottery application and deadlines are coming up. Check out our database of permits and start planning that trip.

ACTION ALERT: House to Vote on Wild and Scenic Roll Back

posted November 9, 2011
by Megan Hooker
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Legislation that threatens the integrity of the Wild and Scenic Rivers System has moved out of Committee Hearings and will soon be put to a vote on the House Floor. HR 2578 proposes to roll back the designated boundary of California's Wild and Scenic Merced River. The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act is one of the strongest tools that we have to protect the free-flowing rivers we value for future generations, and HR 2578 is a slippery slope for Wild and Scenic Rivers throughout the country. Please contact your Representatives today!

Join AW on the Pit River October 1st and 2nd!

posted September 26, 2011
by Megan Hooker
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Join AW Staff and Volunteers on the Pit River in Northern California this weekend!  Whitewater releases are scheduled for October 1st/2nd, and October 15th/16th and are expected to be about 850-950 cfs. Come on out Saturday night and join us at the Pit River Recreation Area to celebrate the releases and get caught up on our Stewardship work in California. We look forward to seeing you on the river!

Feather Fest - See You Sept 23 - 25th!

posted September 21, 2011
by Megan Hooker
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The Feather River Festival will kick off this Friday, September 23rd with films from the National Paddling Film Festival, and the weekend will be filled with river events for all ages and skill levels.  We hope to see you there! 

High and Dry on the North Fork Feather (CA)

posted August 4, 2011
by Megan Hooker
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On June 30, 2011, PG&E dropped the flow on the Poe Reach of the North Fork Feather River in California from ~2,000 cfs to a mere 114 cfs, leaving egg masses laid by the Foothill Yellow-Legged Frog high and dry.  American Whitewater and partner California Sportfishing Protection Alliance called upon the State Water Resources Control Board, FERC and PG&E to prevent this from happening again.  An investigation has been initiated.  

2011 Fall Whitewater Boating Flows Approved for California's Pit River

posted August 3, 2011
by Megan Hooker
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Whitewater boating flows will be coming to the Pit River in Northern California each October. On June 14, 2011, FERC issued an order approving four days of whitewater boating flows annually in the Pit 1 Bypass reach. These flows implement the 2003 license issued to PG&E by FERC for its operation of the Pit 1 Hydroelectric Project (FERC # 2687), and attempt to mitigate the loss of whitewater recreation on the Pit River due to the project. Fall 2011 releases have been scheduled for the weekends of October 1st/2nd and 15th/16th.

Grand Canyon Needs Your Help (Again)

posted July 27, 2011
by Kevin Colburn
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Unhappy with a plan to protect 1 million acres of land along the Grand Canyon from new uranium mining,  congressmen recently introduced a rider to an appropriations bill that would prevent these protections. Tell Congress that opening the Grand Canyon to new uranium mining would be a huge mistake!

Rubicon (CA) Flow Study - Your Input is Needed!

posted July 21, 2011
by Megan Hooker
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American Whitewater, Placer County Water Agency and other stakeholders are collecting information about optimal boating flows on the Rubicon River in California. If you've boated the Rubicon between Hell Hole Dam and Ralston Afterbay in 2011 and haven't already done so, please fill out a survery about your experience. Your opinion will help determine future boating flows on the river!

Alternative Access to Milsap Bar, Middle Fork Feather (CA)

posted July 1, 2011
by Megan Hooker
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American Whitewater and the Plumas National Forest have developed alternative access points for the Bald Rock Canyon and Devil's Canyon runs on the Middle Fork Feather through the end of July. Read more for details on what you'll need and how to get there... (updated 7/5/2011)

Paddlers Rally to Protect Grand Canyon from Uranium Mining

posted March 29, 2011
by Kevin Colburn
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The paddling community is rallying to support a proposed 20-year federal moratorium on new uranium mining claims around Grand Canyon National Park, citing unacceptable risk to the recreational, environmental, and aesthetic values.  Read more to learn how to submit a comment of your own. 

Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the Merced River threatened by Merced Irrigation

posted March 20, 2011
by Dave Steindorf
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The Merced Irrigation District wants to raise the dam at Lake McClure, which will illegally inundate portions of the Wild and Scenic Merced River in California.  In an effort to move forward, the Irrigation District's answer is to have Congress change the Wild and Scenic boundary.  If HR869 passes, it will be the first time a Wild and Scenic River boundary has been changed to allow for increased capacity of an existing reservoir.  Find out how you can stop this attack on the Merced River and Wild and Scenic Rivers everywhere.

Updated Layer of Wild and Scenic Rivers in Google Earth

posted March 6, 2011
by Thomas O'Keefe
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We now have an updated map of all the Nation's Wild and Scenic Rivers available as a Google Earth layer that complements the data from our National Whitewater River Inventory that is also available in Google Earth.

American Whitewater Applauds Administration's New Focus on Rivers

posted February 16, 2011
by Kevin Colburn
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The Obama Administration issued a report on America's Great Outdoors earlier today that lists river recreation as among the top ten priorities of a new federal action plan for reconnecting people with nature through human-powered outdoor recreation. The report summarizes the results of listening sessions held around the country last summer and fall as the Obama administration sought public input on its action plan for America's Great Outdoors initiative. The report reflects the robust participation of the whitewater paddling community for heeding the call and standing up at the listening sessions to be the voice of rivers

AW Welcomes Megan Hooker, Stewardship Assistant.

posted February 9, 2011
by Kevin Colburn
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American Whitewater is pleased to introduce our newest staff member.  Last week Megan Hooker, of Portland, Oregon accepted the new half-time Stewardship Assistant position with American Whitewater.  Megan will provide vital support on river conservation and restoration projects around the West, with a strong focus on projects in California. 

Video Highlights Issues with Small Dams

posted January 21, 2011
by Kevin Colburn
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Follow Roy McPure as he walks you through his vision for damming whitewater rivers to generate a little electricity and make money. Support for small or "run-of-river" dams is seeing an increase as people explore new ways of making money with old ways of making electricity in an era of climate change related tax incentives.

New American Whitewater Stewardship Assistant Position Announced

posted December 7, 2010
by Kevin Colburn
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American Whitewater is pleased to announce a new employment opportunity with our organization.  The AW Stewardship Assistant is a part-time position based in California.  Resumes will be accepted through January 7, 2011. 

PG&E to Increase Water Flows Below Pit 4, Pit 5 Dams (CA) in October

posted September 30, 2010
by Paul D. Martzen
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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will increase and vary water flows in the Pit River in October to test and calibrate newly installed flow gates on the Pit 4 and Pit 5 dams in eastern Shasta County.

Feather River Festival (CA) - September 24 - 26

posted September 22, 2010
by Carla Miner
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The 20th annual Feather River Festival (CA) will be held September 24, 25, and 26, 2010. The Festival will coincide with the Rock Creek/Tobin scheduled releases on Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26, 2010. The fund-raiser event for American Whitewater is hosted by local paddling club, the Chico Paddleheads. The benefit event will be held at "Indian Jim School" campground located two miles upstream from the small town of Tobin and one mile upstream from Tobin Vista. Free camping and ample parking is available. Bring the whole family to enjoy, celebrate, and support the work American Whitewater has done to ensure regular, recreational whitewater releases on this amazing, classic California river!!

Boaters Tell FERC About The McCloud River (CA)

posted September 14, 2010
by Dave Steindorf
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The Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC) held a meeting to receive public comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the McCloud/ Pit Hydroelectric project in Northern California. At this meeting paddlers showed up to tell FERC staff that the McCloud is an important river that should be open to all. Find out how you can help.

FERC Denies Boating on the McCloud River (CA)

posted August 23, 2010
by Carla Miner
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FERC has released their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the McCloud /Pit Hydroelectric Project in Northern California. In this document FERC staff provides their “preferred alternative” which gives more weight to angling than to recreational boating.  Find out what you can do to change FERC’s mind.

2010 Trinity River Clean-Up (CA)

posted August 17, 2010
by Carla Miner
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In association with the National Public Lands Day the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and the Watershed Research and Training Center will be hosting the annual clean up of the Trinity River and State Highway 299. Are you interested in volunteering with our clean up effort? WE NEED AND WELCOME YOU!

Act Today For River Access

posted July 27, 2010
by Kevin Colburn
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Act today to secure historic funding for river and trail access!  This week congress will consider fully funding the Land and Water Conservation Fund through offshore drilling revenues.  This fund is the best resource available for purchasing new river access and conservation easements, and has been underfunded in the past.  Please Act Today.

Boating in Yosemite!

posted July 26, 2010
by Dave Steindorf
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The National Park Service is working on the Wild and Scenic River Management Plans for both the Merced and  Tuolumne rivers.  American Whitewater recently had the opportunity to meet with the Park service and provide input into this planning process. Many rivers in the Park have been closed for decades, this meeting represents a huge step towards a future  boating access in Yosemite National Park.

 

Paddlers Encouraged To Offer Feds Advice

posted June 25, 2010
by Kevin Colburn
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The Obama Administration and the federal land management agencies are asking for your help as part of the new "America's Great Outdoors" Initiative. As such, the Administration is hosting a series of listening sessions around the country.  American Whitewater, and our partner organizations in the Outdoor Alliance are encouraging outdoor recreationists to attend these sessions and share your experiences.

Mokelumne Releases for Spring 2012 (CA)

posted May 27, 2010
by Theresa Simsiman
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Mokelumne recreational releases, 2012  

PG&E will be releasing recreational flows on 4 weekends  into the Tiger Creek reach..



 

2010 Pit Releases Canceled? (CA)

posted May 16, 2010
by Dave Steindorf
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The releases on the Pit River could be canceled this summer.  The California State Water Resources Control Board  has issued a 21 day notice that they will respond to the US Fish and Wildlife Service  recommending that the releases on the Pit River should be canceled this summer due to concerns about Shasta Crayfish.  Paddlers need to act now if these releases are going to be saved.

DWR Releases Oroville Whitewater Park Feasibility Study (CA)

posted February 2, 2010
by Dave Steindorf
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The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the whitewater park feasibility study on the Feather River in Oroville California. Download the report and attend the meeting on February 4th in Oroville.

 

 

Merced River Plan Suggestions Needed by Feb 4, 2010

posted January 19, 2010
by Paul D. Martzen
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Yosemite National Park is starting fresh with a new river planning process for the Wild and Scenic Merced River and tributaries. The public can tell the park what they want studied in the plan by submitting comments before February 4, 2010. Yosemite severely limits whitewater boating in the park, so this is your chance to ask the planners to increase whitewater boating opportunities.

Mokelumne River (CA) - Protection for the Future - Protection for the Now

posted December 14, 2009
by Carla Miner
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On October 13, 2009 East Bay Municipal Utility District's (EMUD) Board Members voted to approve their Waste Supply Management Program (WSMP) 2040. Proposals to enlarge Pardee Reservoir, included in this plan, remain a threat to our whitewater interests on the Molkelumne River.

Support New Flows For the McCloud River

posted November 23, 2009
by Dave Steindorf
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American Whitewater has been working for three years to get improved flows on the McCloud River, quite possibly the best class III/ IV wilderness run in California. In order for this to become a reality we need your support!  

 

Bear River, California, Flows November 14,15; 18 to 22, and 25 to 29, 2009

posted November 10, 2009
by Bob Center
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Nevada Irrigation District (NID) will be releasing 350 cfs into California's Bear River below Rollins Reservoir on Saturday,  and Sunday, November 14 & 15.  Releases will also happen from Wednesday to Sunday, November 18 to 22, 2009.   A third release of 200 cfs will happen from November 25 to 29.   NID, with the cooperation of AW, will conduct an “opportunistic flow study” to take advantage of these flows.

 

Fall releases on NF Feather, Poe reach (CA)

posted November 10, 2009
by Paul D. Martzen
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Boaters are getting a surprise fall boating season on the NF Feather river in California, due to dam maintainence.  Poe Dam to Poe powerhouse section will have flows through November and probably into December.   At the same time, a new AW online gauge has just started reporting flows in that same reach. 

 

 

Mokelumne River - Boaters Needed

posted October 8, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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If you have the day off, can get the day off, have a furlough day or can even call in sick we need boaters at the October 13th EBMUD Board of Directors Meeting where they will vote to certify the Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for their Water Supply Management Plan 2040.

 

Volunteers Needed for Feather River Festival

posted September 16, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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Show your support of American Whitewater and your love of the Feather River by volunteering some time at the Festival!

Pit River (CA) Release Weekend of 8/29

posted August 20, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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A short note regarding summer flows on the Pit River.  Releases of about 850 cfs will be happening Saturday and Sunday, August 29 & 30.  

Feather River (CA) Release This Weekend 8/22-23 2009

posted August 20, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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There will be a whitewater release on the Rock Creek Reach of the Feather river this weekend (8/22-23).

CA Governor Schwarzenegger Signs Bill; Suction Dredge Mining stopped

posted August 17, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill (SB 670) placing a moratorium on suction dredge mining in California.  This is a huge victory for paddlers, anglers, and anyone who enjoys California's rivers. 

Upcoming Feather River Festival

posted August 17, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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 The 19th annual Feather River Festival (CA) will be held during the scheduled releases on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 2009. The fund-raiser event for American Whitewater is hosted by local paddling club, the Chico Paddleheads.

Yuba Bear/ Drum Spaulding Update

posted July 9, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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Last summer and fall, and then through the winter and spring, AW worked with Licensees NID and PG&E to conduct "opportunistic flow studies" on numerous reaches within the Yuba Bear Drum Spaulding Relicensing project area. Surveys filled out by boaters are an important part of the "Recreational Flow Study" that is being conducted as part of the Relicensing process (Photo of Canyon Creek by Daniel Brasuell).

Comment Letters Needed on Renewable Power Legislation in CA

posted July 6, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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The State Legislature has proposed amendments to Senate Bill SB 14 and AB 64 that would allow Hydropower to be imported from out-of-state sources (including Canada and Mexico), as well as change the mega-wattage RPS qualifications for existing Hydropower in both California and out-of-state sources from 30mw to 50mw.  AW needs paddlers to write comment letters a.s.a.p.

Rally to be Held in Sacramento to Oppose Water Bill

posted July 6, 2009
by Mick Grochol
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AW is asking you to make a special effort on a critically urgent matter. Certain members of the legislature and the administration are attempting to pass a combined water bill package through the legislature that will provide for a "water czar" and tens of billions of dollars in fees and bonds to construct a peripheral canal and more dams. We are very concerned as to the implications this may have on the delta.

Pit Releases in Jeopardy!

posted June 10, 2009
by Dave Steindorf
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has written a letter to FERC and the State Water Resources Control Board recommending that the releases on the Pit River, above the Pit 1 Powerhouse, should be canceled this summer.  They cite concerns of potential impacts to Shasta Crayfish.  American Whitewater was not consulted before making this recommendation and USFWS staff has stated that impacts to recreation was not a consideration.  If you wish to boat the Pit this summer or in the future you need to write a letter now!

Yuba and Canyon Creek Flow Study UPDATE (CA)

posted May 27, 2009
by Bob Center
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UPDATE AS OF WEDNESDAY, MAY 27

Boating Study Releases Planned for Middle Yuba, South Fork Yuba and Canyon Creek


American Whitewater is partnering with Nevada Irrigation District (NID) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) to identify a preferred range of whitewater boating flows on numerous reaches in the Yuba and Bear watersheds. Information obtained from surveys completed by boaters will help us identify flow preferences for whitewater boating. Flow preferences determined from boater surveys will be used to evaluate possible effects on whitewater boating from Project operation and help define flow needs.