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AW in the NorthEast

American Whitewater has been working for river enthusiasts in the Northeast for decades, with our results being flow and access to many rivers that were for years dry and/or inaccessible. With partner organizations like the Appalachian Mountain Club, Merrimack Valley Paddlers, Kayak and Canoe Club of New York and New England F.L.O.W., AW volunteers are responsible for having created (previously dry) rivers that run on dozens of days per year.

AW Seeks Flow Restoration on the New River Dries (WV)

posted May 27, 2016
by Kevin Colburn
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Immediately downstream of the New River Gorge, a beautiful 5.5-mile section of the New River has been dewatered for generations. Paddlers call this reach the New River Dries, and know it for the huge surf waves that form at high water. The Hawks Nest hydroelectric project removes 10,000cfs from the Dries, leaving only 100cfs except when high flows overwhelm the dam. The relicensing of the dam offers a once-in a lifetime opportunity to restore flows to the New River. American Whitewater filed comments today with federal regulators outlining our vision.

CANOEIST LAUNCHES ‘CANOE FOR CLEAN WATER’ TOUR

posted March 17, 2016
by Mark Singleton
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Denny Alsop, a 69-year old canoeist plans to repeat 1988 journey across Massachusetts to raise awareness for the importance of clean water in the northeast.

Vermont Opposes Whitewater Boating on the Green River

posted February 10, 2016
by Robert Nasdor
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Vermont has issued draft conditions for the relicensing of the hydropower project on the Green River that would drastically limit naturally occurring boatable flows and eliminates all opportunities for scheduled whitewater boating releases for the next 40-50 years. There is a public hearing at 7 pm on February 16th in Morrisville. This will be an opportunity for you to be heard, for the boaters to be heard. We (the North East boating community) need you to take action via written comments. AW and the Vermont Paddlers Club have filed comments in support of whitewater boating on the Green River. Boaters are encouraged to submit comments to Vermont before the February 19th deadline.

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.

AW Responds To Connecticut River Boating Study (MA)

posted November 18, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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American Whitewater, along with other paddling groups and outfitters, filed comments with FERC responding to the Whitewater Boating Evaluation at Turners Falls on the Connecticut River. The study showed that there is strong demand for boating on this section of the Connecticut River if sufficient flows, scheduled releases, better access, and real-time information are provided. The groups filed the comments in order to provide additional information for the environmental review and to respond to the unsupported statements by FirstLight, the utility performing the study, claiming that there is little demand for boating at Turners Falls.

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.

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. 

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!

Deerfield River (MA) Hydro Relicensing: Building on Past Success

posted March 24, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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Twenty years after reaching a historic settlement agreement on the Deerfield River hydropower relicensing that has transformed northeast paddling opportunities, we began another relicensing process this spring that will likely result in improvement in flows, access and facilities for boaters in the region.

AW, MVP Protect Land and Access on the Contoocook River (NH)

posted June 18, 2013
by Robert Nasdor
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American Whitewater and Merrimack Valley Paddlers have reached an agreement to purchase a 10-acre parcel fronting on Contoocook River in Henniker, NH. The land serves as an important launch point for whitewater paddlers enjoying the popular section of the river that runs from Hillsborough to Henniker. This section of the Contoocook River contains rapids ranging in difficulty from Class II to Class IV.

Moose River Video

posted January 18, 2011
by Mark Singleton
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2010 marked the 25th anniversary of protecting the Black and Moose rivers!  View an online video documentary on the Moose River and the early role that American Whitewater played in protecting this amazing river.

posted August 28, 2006
by Thomas O'Keefe


Upcoming Events

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September 2016

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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

Beaver - Taylorville Section Release
09:54 am -09:54 am est

Deerfield Dryway/Monroe Schedule
3:29 pm -3:29 pm est
Friday releases 11-3 Saturday releases 10-3 Sunday releases 10-21100-900 cfs

Raquette Release Schedule
09:38 am -09:38 am est

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Deerfield Dryway/Monroe Schedule
3:29 pm -3:29 pm est
Friday releases 11-3 Saturday releases 10-3 Sunday releases 10-21100-900 cfs

Dead River Releases
09:00 am -1:00 pm est
5500-5500 cfs

Beaver Releases (Moshier Section)
09:45 am -09:45 am est
date river/run release time level special events September 4 - Sunday Beaver - Moshier 10 am-2 pm 400 cfs

Beaver Releases (Eagle Section)
10:01 am -10:01 am est

Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

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Raquette Release Schedule
09:38 am -09:38 am est

Beaver Releases (Eagle Section)
10:01 am -10:01 am est

Beaver - Taylorville Section Release
09:54 am -09:54 am est

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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

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Deerfield Dryway/Monroe Schedule
3:29 pm -3:29 pm est
Friday releases 11-3 Saturday releases 10-3 Sunday releases 10-21100-900 cfs

Beaver - Taylorville Section Release
09:54 am -09:54 am est

Beaver Releases (Eagle Section)
10:01 am -10:01 am est

Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

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Deerfield Dryway/Monroe Schedule
3:29 pm -3:29 pm est
Friday releases 11-3 Saturday releases 10-3 Sunday releases 10-21100-900 cfs

Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 pm -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

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Dead River Releases
09:00 am -1:00 pm est
3500-3500 cfs

Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

Beaver - Taylorville Section Release
09:54 am -09:54 am est

Beaver Releases (Eagle Section)
10:01 am -10:01 am est

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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123 800-800 cfs

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Beaver Releases (Eagle Section)
10:01 am -10:01 am est

Beaver - Taylorville Section Release
09:54 am -09:54 am est

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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases
10:00 am -3:00 pm est
Check for release times at http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123800-800 cfs

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Events
Deerfield Fest Charlemont,MA runs 07/12/14 - 06/26/16, next 06/24/16
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Esopus Whitewater Funfest Phoenicia,NY runs 06/02/12 - 06/03/12
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Whitewater Triple Crown Tarrifville,CT runs 07/22/16 - 07/24/16, next 07/22/16
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NY, Salmon River Release Lake Ontario,NY runs 06/23/07 - 09/02/12
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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases Fife Brook,MA runs 07/29/05 - 10/10/16, next 05/29/16
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West River Release Jamaica,VT runs 04/26/08 - 09/28/13
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4th Annual Spring Black Moose Event Lyons Falls, NY,NY runs 05/10/13 - 05/12/13
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Penobscot: Canada Falls Rockwood,ME runs 07/05/08 - 09/21/13
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Farmington River Release New Boston,MA runs 09/05/04 - 09/28/13
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Dead River Releases The Forks,ME runs 10/05/13 - 10/01/16, next 05/29/16
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Beaver Releases (Moshier Section) Beaver,NY runs 09/04/16 - 09/04/16, next 09/04/16
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Hoosic River release Hoosic,NY runs 04/21/04 - 04/16/11
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Ashuelot Race and Release Gilsum,NH runs 05/03/08 - 05/03/08
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Blackwater Releases Webster,NH runs 04/18/08 - 04/20/08
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1 Turbine Release Glen Spey,NY runs 04/20/13 - 10/05/13
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Kennebec Releases The Forks,ME runs 05/01/08 - 09/21/13
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Esopus Whitewater Funfest Phoenica,NY runs 06/01/13 - 06/02/13
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Black-Moose Kayak Event Spring Kayak Fest Lyons Falls,NY runs 05/16/14 - 05/18/14
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Westfield Releases Huntington,MA runs 03/28/08 - 04/21/13
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Beaver Releases (Eagle Section) Beaver,NY runs 09/04/16 - 09/24/16, next 09/04/16
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Magalloway Releases Oxford County,ME runs 06/28/08 - 09/02/13
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Rapid River Release Upton,ME runs 07/13/12 - 08/12/12
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Bottom Moose Releases Lyons Falls,NY runs 04/17/16 - 10/30/16, next 05/29/16
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Potential Hoosic River Release (NY) Schaghticoke,NY runs 04/16/08 - 04/16/08
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Millers Releases Erving,MA runs 04/12/08 - 04/14/13
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Beaver - Taylorville Section Release Lowville,NY runs 09/03/16 - 09/24/16, next 09/03/16
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Deerfield Dryway/Monroe Schedule Deerfield,MA runs 05/24/08 - 10/09/16, next 05/29/16
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Lower Otter Brooke Releases Roxbury,NH runs 03/29/08 - 05/04/08
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Raquette Release Schedule Colton,NY runs 07/09/16 - 09/05/16, next 07/09/16
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Deerfield Festival Weekend Charlemont,MA runs 06/24/16 - 06/26/16, next 06/24/16
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Suncook Fall Release Barnstead NH,NH runs 10/04/08 - 10/04/08
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Associated Projects

  • Ausable Access (NY)
    AW has fought a dam owners attempt to block access to the stunning Ausable Chasm.
  • Beaver Relicensing (NY)
    AW worked on restoring several boating flows to the Beaver River through a relicensing process, which concluded in 1999.
  • Black River (NY)
    AW blocked the construction of a new dam on the Black and later settled for significant mitigation.
  • Clean Water Act
    American Whitewater's advocacy to protect water quality.
  • Deerfield River (MA)
    The Deerfield was one of American Whitewater's first FERC relicensing victory's and remains one of the most impressive and valuable to the paddling community.
  • Green River (VT)
    American Whitewater is working to include recreational releases on this Class IV-V stretch of river through the dam re-licensing process.
  • Holtwood Dam - Susqehanna (PA)
    Dam Owner is proposing to reduce flows and alter channel containing whitewater features as part of a FERC license amendment.
  • Hoosic River (NY)
    American Whitewater negotiated recreational releases on a bypassed reach of the Hoosic River near Albany New York that contains both Class III and Class V opportunities.
  • Moose River (NY)
    AW fought a proposal to dewater the Moose River beginning in 1982, and ultimately secured some of the first recreational releases in the nation.
  • Saranac River (NY)
    AW used dam relicensing to advocate for land conservation, instream flows, and public access.
  • West Canada Creek (NY)
    American Whitewater is working to maintain paddling opportunities on West Canada Creek.
  • West River (VT)
    Paddlers have long enjoyed and defended the few recreational releases on Vermont's West River. New hydro proposals may offer opportunities or impacts.

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