Snohomish PUD will be releasing flows from Culmback Dam on the Upper Sultan River on Saturday, September 12th, providing an opportunity for whitewater recreation. These flows have been required in recent years to improve river health, and beginning in 2015, began to be scheduled on a weekend with advance notice to allow whitewater paddlers to take advantage of the opportunity. Paddlers need to sign up in advance with Snohomish PUD.
American Whitewater recognizes Hattie Johnson as our August 2015 Volunteer of the Month! On behalf of everyone that attended this years Gore Canyon event, as a participant or spectator, we want to thank Hattie for making this years Gore Fest such a success.
Whether you are a resident or a visitor, you undoubtedly love to paddle in Colorado. Your comments on the Colorado Water Plan, will be used to decide the future of Colorado's Rivers. Please submit comments by September 17th, and help us prevent Colorado's rivers from being further dammed and dried up.
International mining companies have sought to develop nickel strip mines within the Kalmiopsis region of SW Oregon and NW California for years, threatening the stunningly pure waters of cherished whitewater rivers, including the Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith and Illinois. This month, we have an unique opportunity to protect these and other rivers in the region, and paddler's voices from across the country are important to making this happen. Submit your comments by September 28th!
The Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) is a proposed large-scale dam and reservoir project, which threatens the ecology and recreational opportunities of Colorado's Cache la Poudre River. The Proposal has gone through years of review and re-design, and continues to be significantly flawed in its analysis of impacts to river health, and recreation. Comments on the Proposal are Due September 3, 2015.
Maine kayactivists converged on a meeting in Westbrook this week to demand that plans to decommission a dam on the Saccarrappa River include effective fish passage and high quality boating opportunities. Working with the local community, boaters want SAPPI to restore the river by providing the most effective fish passage that will also allow for the enjoyment of boating opportunities at Saccarrappa Falls where the dam is located.
American Whitewater received the following open letter to boaters from the rangers and staff of the Gauley River National Recreation Area. The letter outlines important river information for upcoming fall releases.
American Whitewater is proud to announce the two affiliate recipients of the 2015 Clif Bar Flowing Rivers Campaign. Each group will receive a $1,250 grant to go towards their respective stewardship projects. Thanks to the many affiliate groups who participated in this year's grant process. Most of all, a huge thanks goes out to Clif Bar for sponsoring this wonderful opportunity for river stewardship!
Since 1965, the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) has been a critical source of funding for important river access projects and other recreational pursuits across the country. This fund however is set to expire on September 30, 2015 unless Congress reauthorizes it. We’re calling on all paddlers to reach out to their Congressional representatives and ask them to reauthorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Over the past couple months we’ve shared news of the hydropower industry asking Congress to give them huge advantages in damming and diverting rivers. Paddlers and other river enthusiasts responded loudly with emails and calls to political leaders, and with editorials in newspapers. Thanks to your efforts, some of the worst parts of the industry’s wish list were cut away as the Senate crafted an energy bill. While our work on this issue is not over, the outreach to Senators has made a huge difference.
Durango, Colorado - On Wednesday morning, 1Million gallons of contaminated mine drainage was accidentaly released into the Animas River watershed. A crew working to clean-up a mine outside of the town of Silverton, accidentaly released the plume forcing local officials to close the river to paddlers, pets and livestock, and other water users. The impact on fish and wildlife is not fully known at this time.
Yesterday, the power company that de-waters the New River Dries with the Hawks Nest Dam proposed zero dam releases to mitigate their impacts on whitewater recreation and naturally variable flow patterns. American Whitewater will be offering a balanced response to this extreme proposal that outlines the value and potential for restoring significant recreational and ecological values to the New River.
Join American Whitewater for the 2015 Feather River Festival. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this event. Come see why this has become the best river festival in California!
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.
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.
Northeast boaters are celebrating the end of a long, cold and snowy winter and are making boating plans for the year. Here is the 2015 Northeast Release Schedule
In the final days of the 113th Congress, several river conservation measures have been passed designating significant new Wilderness Areas and Wild and Scenic Rivers in areas vitally important to the paddling community.
Make your online shopping mean something for the rivers you love. American Whitewater is participating in the Amazon Smile program. With each purchase through Amazon Smile a small percentage is passed through to American Whitewater supporting river stewardship.