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2016 Winter Issue of the AW Journal in the Library Now!

posted January 8, 2016
by Carla Miner
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The Winter issue of the AW Journal features "The Top Ten Stewardship Issues of 2016".
 

Current members - Read the issue now!

Not a current member - Join or Renew!

Colorado River Access: Share Your Stories!

posted January 7, 2016
by Nathan Fey
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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!

Legislative Update - LWCF & Hydropower Bill

posted December 22, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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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. 

West Coast River Touring by Dick Schwind

posted December 17, 2015
by Dave Steindorf
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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

Paddlers Rally for River Protection in Western NC

posted December 17, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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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.

Mosquito Bridge Replacement Project - SFA below Slab Creek (CA)

posted December 16, 2015
by Theresa Simsiman
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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.  

California State Lands Commission Strategic Plan 2016 - 2020

posted December 15, 2015
by Theresa Simsiman
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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.

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. 

Northeast Boaters Seek To Expand West River (VT) Boating

posted December 6, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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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.

Deerfield River (MA) Flow Studies to Explore New & Improved Boating Opportunity

posted December 6, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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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.

Help Protect Streams on Montana's Lewis and Clark National Forest

posted November 30, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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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!

AW’s December Volunteers Of The Month - Presented By Kokatat!

posted November 30, 2015
by Mark Singleton
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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.

Colorado Water Plan is Historic Step Forward

posted November 19, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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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!


CA Auburn State Recreation Area - Need Boater Comments

posted November 18, 2015
by Theresa Simsiman
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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.

Canyon Creek Stair Repairs Underway (WA)

posted November 18, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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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.

Brookfield, TransCanada Support #OptOutside on the Deerfield (MA)

posted November 17, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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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.

2015 Board Of Directors Election - Current Members Vote Now!

posted November 13, 2015
by Mark Singleton
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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.

Great Opportunity to Protect NC Streams

posted November 9, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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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.    

30th Anniversary of the Great 1985 West Virginia Flood

posted November 4, 2015
by Charlie Walbridge
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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

Get Ready for Colorado Gives–Dec 8th

posted November 4, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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Colorado Gives Day is on December 8th but you can schedule your donation today! With your support, American Whitewater will keep working hard to protect and restore flows to Colorado’s rivers, and defend the public’s ability to fish and float. Colorado Gives Day is a 24 hour giving event with a $1 Million Incentive Fund which will boost the donations that American Whitewater receives form supporters like you. 
 

2015 Holiday Membership Offer

posted November 4, 2015
by Carla Miner
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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!

 

Support American Whitewater This Winter!

posted November 3, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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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.  

2016 American Whitewater Calendar For Sale

posted November 3, 2015
by Carla Miner
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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.

Order your calendar today! 

Action Alert: Speak up for Clean Water!

posted November 2, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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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! 

AW's November Volunteer of the Month - Presented by Kokatat!

posted November 2, 2015
by Carla Miner
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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!

Charity Navigator Awards AW Sixth Consecutive 4-Star Rating

posted November 2, 2015
by Mark Singleton
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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.

Sultan River (WA) Release November 1st!

posted October 30, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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With heavy rains in the forecast, Snohomish PUD has announced an “unscheduled” whitewater recreational opportunity on the Upper Sultan River on Sunday, November 1st. Flows are anticipated to be between 600 cfs and 1,000 cfs below Culmback Dam and will begin at 10:00 a.m. To take advantage of this opportunity, paddlers will need to sign up in advance with Snohomish PUD and complete a release form.
 

Join American Whitewater for a River Trip on the Wild and Scenic Rogue River

posted October 28, 2015
by Mark Singleton
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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.

Save the Gila River

posted October 22, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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New Mexico's Interstate Stream Commission has taken one more step down the road of killing one of the region's most iconic rivers, approving the costly and environmentally destructive proposed Gila River Diversion.

Nisqually River Water Trail Opportunity For Input

posted October 22, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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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.

Help Restore the New River Dries Today (WV)

posted October 22, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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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. 

Clean Water Act in Limbo, Again!

posted October 19, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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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

Protect the Grand Canyon, Once and For All

posted October 14, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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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.

Yellowstone Paddling Bill Passes House Committee

posted October 9, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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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 Releases Outdoor Recreation Bill Draft

posted October 8, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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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.

Pit Release this Weekend (Pit River Bridge Closed) Oct 2015

posted October 8, 2015
by Dave Steindorf
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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.

Congress Fails to Renew Vital Program For River Access

posted October 2, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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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.

Michael Maloney–AW's Oct 2015 Volunteer of the Month Presented by Kokatat!

posted October 1, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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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! 

AW Chosen as Advisor to Colorado's Office of Outdoor Recreation Industry

posted September 30, 2015
by Belinda Griswold
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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.

Boaters Enjoy Annual West River (VT) Release

posted September 29, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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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. 

Savage River Release Coming Up on September 26th!

posted September 22, 2015
by Charlie and Sandy Walbridge
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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!

Join the Free The Snake Flotilla (WA)–October 3rd

posted September 21, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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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!

Dolores River Flows awarded permanant Protection!

posted September 17, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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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.

Action Alert! Last Chance to Comment on the Colorado Water Plan!

posted September 15, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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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!

Gauley River Festival (WV) Is Right Around The Corner

posted September 10, 2015
by Mark Singleton
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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.

September/October AW Journal in the Library Now!

posted September 10, 2015
by Carla Miner
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The September/October issue of the AW Journal features "Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands" and "National River Stewardship issues taking center stage".

Current members - Read the issue now!

Not a current member - Join or Renew!

Sullivan Creek Releases Have Begun (WA)

posted September 9, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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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 Paddling Rights Clarified – Respect for Landowners Vital

posted September 3, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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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.  

Upper Sultan River (WA) Releases Scheduled Sept. 12th

posted September 2, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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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.

Kokatat Presents August's Volunteer of the Month–Hattie Johnson

posted September 1, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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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.

URGENT: Make sure Colorado's Water Plan protects rivers!

posted September 1, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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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.

Take Action: Protect Kalmiopsis Rivers from Mining Pollution

posted September 1, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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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!

Comments Due on Proposed Poudre River Reservoir Project - Colorado

posted August 28, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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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 paddlers seek new boating opportunities

posted August 28, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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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.

Gauley River (WV) Open Letter To Boaters 2015

posted August 26, 2015
by Mark Singleton
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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. 

2015 Clif Bar Flowing Rivers Campaign Announced

posted August 14, 2015
by Mark Singleton
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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!

Ohiopyle Over the Falls Festival (PA) August 22, 2015

posted August 13, 2015
by Mark Singleton
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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.

Latest Hydro Legislation Better Thanks to River Advocates

posted August 7, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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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.

Colorado Mine Accident closes Animas River

posted August 6, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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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.

Dam Owner Offers No Releases on New River Dries

posted August 4, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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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 AW at the 2015 Feather Fest!

posted August 4, 2015
by Dave Steindorf
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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!

Protecting Oregon's Owyhee Canyonlands

posted August 3, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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The remote and wild landscape of the Owhyee Canyonlands of Southeastern Oregon is complete with deep red-rock canyons, wild rivers and plenty of opportunities for backcountry recreation. The region is also a stronghold to over 200 species, and has fascinating geology, unique ecology and deep history. American Whitewater is part of a coalition working to permanently protect 2.5 million acres of the Owhyee, and you can learn more about the region, our proposal to protect it and ways to support our efforts here! 
 

AW Gauley River Festival. . .calling all Vendors!

posted July 30, 2015
by Carla Miner
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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 - Join us in Summersville, WV September 18-20, 2015

posted July 30, 2015
by Carla Miner
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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.

Hydropower Legislation Update & Action Alert!

posted July 24, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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Hydropower legislation is on the move in Congress and paddler’s voices are needed to protect our rivers. On July 22nd, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee introduced a comprehensive energy package, and the hydropower provisions hold many of the same dangerous outcomes for our rivers as the legislation we’ve been tracking in recent months. The bill opens the door for developers to dam and divert our nation’s remaining free-flowing rivers, and gives preference to hydropower operations over fish, wildlife and recreation values. Two markups are slated for the week of July 27th.
 

Colorado Update: NISP Hearings This Week

posted July 20, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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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.

Hydropower Industry Continues to Push Legislation Threatening Your Whitewater

posted July 17, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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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.

In Colorado A Gore Canyon Victory, a Glenwood Springs Setback

posted July 16, 2015
by Belinda Griswold
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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.

Virginia Announces New Bridge Access Program

posted July 14, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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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.

Take Action! Protect Kalmiopsis Rivers (OR/CA)

posted July 14, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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The BLM is considering whether to halt new mining activities for 5 years on roughly 100,000 acres in the Kalmiopsis region of Southwestern Oregon. This action, known as a "mineral withdrawal," would protect wild rivers like Baldface Creek, the Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith, Rough and Creek and the Wild and Scenic Illinois from the threats of nickel strip mines. These rivers are not only whitewater gems, but also provide clean drinking water to downstream communities, are strongholds for salmon, and support the local economy. Paddler's voices from across the country are needed to support this effort.
 

Celebrate the designation of Browns Canyon National Monument

posted July 10, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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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!

Eel River and Cache Creek in New National Monument (CA)

posted July 10, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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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.  

Molalla State Scenic Waterway Public Meeting And Comment Opportunity (OR)

posted July 9, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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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.

Chetco State Scenic Waterway Public Meeting and Comment Opportunity (OR)

posted July 9, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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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.

Upper CO Wild and Scenic Alternative Plan gets Federal approval

posted July 9, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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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.

2nd draft of Colorado Water Plan Released: Stay Tuned!

posted July 8, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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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.

Permit for Hydropower Development on Talkeetna River Cancelled (AK)

posted July 8, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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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.

Upper Methow Recreational Boating Survey (WA)

posted July 6, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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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.

Congress Introduces Protections for Oregon Rivers

posted July 6, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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Congress has taken several important steps recently to protect cherished whitewater rivers and wild landscapes throughout Oregon. Last week, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley introduced the 2015 Oregon Wildlands Act, proposing to protect the Molalla and Rogue Rivers and Devil's Staircase near the Oregon Coast. Earlier this year Representatives Peter DeFazio (OR) and Jared Huffman (CA) joined Senators Wyden and Merkley in introducing the Southwestern Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act of 2015, which protects the pristine watersheds of Southwestern Oregon from mining activity. 

Kokatat Presents AW's July 2015 Volunteer of the Month!

posted July 6, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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American Whitewater recognizes Don Millard as our July 2015 Volunteer of the Month! Don has been a vital part of maintaining access on the Upper Yough in Friendsville Maryland, helping to maintain a good relationship with the town and keep access fees low. In recognition of Don's contributions, he will receive a custom Kokatat X-Jacket. Thanks Don for all you do!
 
 

Annual Report for 2014 Available

posted July 6, 2015
by Mark Singleton
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American Whitewater released our 2014 Annual Report. At the heart of our organization is our river stewardship program and the understanding that conservation and recreation are mutually dependent. Time spent paddling forms the basis for a conservation ethic that values water in rivers. Paddlers understand that you cannot love what you don’t know. It’s our love of whitewater that makes us fierce defenders of rivers and their flows. This intimate connection to flowing water has made American Whitewater a force in river stewardship for over 60 years. A strong year, like the one we had in 2014, means that American Whitewater will be around for a very long time to represent the interests of the whitewater paddling community.

2015 Clif Bar Flowing Rivers Campaign Grant Deadline Extended

posted July 2, 2015
by Mark Singleton
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American Whitewater is extending the grant application deadline for the Clif Bar Flowing Rivers Campaign to August 1st. Back by popular demand, this program is great way to help your club fund activities that enhance and promote river stewardship and safety. Funding for this program is provided by the Clif Bar partnership with American Whitewater. AW affiliate clubs have the opportunity to apply for one of two $1,250 grants. 

West Rosebud Release This Weekend (MT)!

posted July 2, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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Montana's awesome Class IV/V West Rosebud Creek will be running this weekend thanks to a recreational dam release. These releases are relatively subtle increases in flow that bring the creek into prime paddling levels, and were negotiated by American Whitewater and Beartooth Paddlers. This may be your only chance to paddle West Rosebud this year, so Enjoy!

Punchbowl Falls Funding Secured (OR)

posted July 1, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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A vision more than a century in the making is about to become reality with last week’s decision by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission to approve the grant for the acquisition of Punchbowl Falls and the property at the confluence of the West and East Forks of the Hood River.

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!

Mountains to Sound Greenway Legislation Introduced (WA)

posted June 28, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Bipartisan legislation was introduced this past week to designate the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area. Senate legislation was introduced by Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and House legislation was introduced by Congressmen Dave Reichert and Adam Smith.

King County Survey of Rivers (WA)

posted June 17, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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King County has some great whitewater on the South Fork Skykomish and tributaries like the Tye and Money Creek; forks of the Snoqualmie with great runs like Ernie's, Middle-Middle, and Fall in the Wall; Green River Gorge; Cedar River; and White River. As part of an ongoing effort to guide management of rivers, the King County Water and Land Resources Division is conducting a survey of resident attitudes and perspectives on rivers. We encourage paddlers to fill out this survey.

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.   

AW's Dam Busting Tour

posted June 5, 2015
by Carla Miner
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Be the first to wear this awesome Dam Busting Tour t-shirt depicting deadbeat dams removed by AW and our partners. Purchase your t-shirt NOW in our online store!

AW Gauley River Festival ~ September 18th – 19th ~ Summersville, WV

posted June 4, 2015
by Carla Miner
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Gauley Fest. . .bigger and better every year!

Vendor registration is now open and we encourage you to reserve your space now. Take advantage of the 15% discount on Vendor booths through August 31st. Reserve your booth today and lock in your discounted price!

Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild & Scenic Rivers Act of 2015 Introduced (WA)

posted June 4, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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The Wild Olympics Coalition, which includes American Whitewater, today cheered the introduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer to permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries, a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

posted June 2, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy. 

Support American Whitewater This Summer!

posted June 1, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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Throughout the rest of 2015, American Whitewater will be working hard across the country to protect and restore the rivers that you love, and ensure that everyone can enjoy them safely. We can't do this work without your support, and twice each year, we reach out to you to ask that you become a member, renew your membership or consider making a tax-deductible donation. Curious about what projects you'd be supporting? Check out our 2015 Summer Appeal to learn more!

 

Annual Deerfield Riverfest Planned for July 11th

posted May 29, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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The 21st Deerfield Riverfest will be held on July 11th in Charlemont (MA). The annual event celebrates whitewater boating on the Deerfield River that resulted from the historic settlement agreement signed by AW, FLOW, AMC and others which provides 106 whitewater release days on the Fife Brook section and 32 releases on the Dryway section of the Deerfield River. The festival is AW's biggest fundraiser in the northeast and supports our stewardship work in the region. See you at the Fest!

Potomac Milk & Honey Fundraiser for AW on June 5th

posted May 28, 2015
by Mark Singleton
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On Friday, June 5th 2015 at 8:30 - 10:30pm join Mark Singleton, Executive Director of American Whitewater, and DC boaters for a fundraiser in support of American Whitewater’s river stewardship program that supports efforts to keep rivers free, clean, and flowing.

Support The New Clean Water Rule Today!

posted May 27, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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Today, the U.S. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers released the new Clean Water Rule. The rule will continue longstanding water quality protections for our nation’s rivers, headwater streams and wetlands. American Whitewater supports the rule, and asks paddlers to take action to support the rule today! 

Colorado River Basin Next Steps: Clear as a Mountain Stream

posted May 18, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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Last week's release of the Colorado River Basin Study "Moving Forward" report prompted some good conversation about next steps, which isn't a moment too soon.

AW believes it's time to move past talk to action in the basin, and especially action on water conservation. Conservation is the cheapest, simplest and most effective way to bridge the large and growing gap between river water supplies and demands.

Bonus feature of conservation: we will still have rivers to run!

Check out our take in the Longmont Times-Call, and listen to an interview with Pacific News Service here.

Cedar River Corridor Plan: Opportunity for Public Input (WA)

posted May 18, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Please save the date of Monday, June 15th, from 5:30-8:00 PM for a Cedar River Recreation Workshop. King County is developing the Cedar River Corridor Plan to address multiple objectives related to floodplain management and salmon recovery including consideration of impacts and opportunities for recreation in the corridor. Input from paddlers is important.

Take Action: Hydropower Industry Legislation Hearing May 13th

posted May 8, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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On Wednesday, May 13th the House Energy & Commerce Committee will hold a hearing about the draft "Hydropower Regulatory Modernization" Act, which proposes to gut important environmental and public interest protections in the Federal Power Act. These are the very tools that American Whitewater and our partners have used to put water back in rivers across the country that were once completely devastated by the impacts of hydropower. If passed, all of the whitewater and access gains we've made over the last 25+ years could easily become a thing of the past. We encourage everyone to contact their Representatives and make their voices heard.  

Flathead National Forest River Protections Open for Comment (MT)

posted May 8, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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The Flathead National Forest has released the list of streams they propose to protect as “eligible” for Wild and Scenic designation in their forthcoming revised Forest Plan.  Paddlers with opinions on the list are encouraged to send the Forest an email or letter before the May 15, 2015 comment deadline. Your comment could help protect spectacular rivers and streams.  


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