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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.

New River Dries Flow Study - Participate Online

posted March 25, 2014
by Kevin Colburn
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Paddlers that run the New River Dries (WV) between now and July 31, 2014 are encouraged to fill out a flow study survey after each day on the water.  Submitting surveys will add important data to the Extended Whitewater Evaluation Study and will greatly help American Whitewater and others negotiate improved flows for the New River Dries.    

AW Testifies on Vermont Low-Impact Hydro

posted February 5, 2014
by Robert Nasdor
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American Whitewater offered testimony on several so-called "low-impact hydro" measures before the Vermont House Committee on Fish, Wildlife & Water Resources. In reality, all hydropower has an impact on rivers, and even small hydropower projects can have significant adverse impacts. AW encouraged the Committee to require state agencies to seek out and consider input from stakeholder groups like American Whitewater before deciding whether to support projects. 

AW, VPC Intervene in Green River (VT) Relicensing

posted January 6, 2014
by Robert Nasdor
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American Whitewater and Vermont Paddling Club have filed a Motion to Intervene in hydropower relicensing application filed by Morrisville Water & Light for the Green River dam. We are asking FERC to require the utility to provide 8-10 annual releases on this scenic and challenging run in northern Vermont. While MWL has agreed to provide two scheduled annual releases, we are seeking additional boating opportunities through the relicensing process. 


Annual West River Release Bittersweet (VT)

posted October 3, 2013
by Robert Nasdor
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Paddlers from throughout New England converged on Jamaica State Park in southern Vermont last weekend for the annual release on the West River. The annual one day release, held the last weekend in September, is the only remaining scheduled release by the Army Corps of Engineers from the Ball Mountain Dam. Spirits were running high as approximately 800 boaters and an additional 300 commercial rafters enjoyed the warm fall day. In past years when there were two day releases, the number paddlers coming up to the West Fest was double the number who come out for single day release. AW is continuing its efforts to restore releases to the West River.

AW Completes Purchase, Donation of Contoocook River Access (NH)

posted October 3, 2013
by Robert Nasdor
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American Whitewater, with the help of Merrimack Valley Paddlers and local boaters, has completed its effort to acquire, protect and donate property along the Contoocook River. AW has long been involved with the Contoocook and was active in the sucessful effort in 2004 that resulted in the removal of a dam that extended the whitewater section of the river near the takeout.  The recent acquisition of land at the put-in will assure that paddlers will continue to have access to the Class III/IV section of the river which is a popular run in southern New Hampsire for paddlers throughout New England.

UConn Abandons Plans to Divert Water from the Farmington River (CT)

posted August 9, 2013
by Robert Nasdor
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The University of Connecticut announced selection of Connecticut Water Co. as the preferred option to provide additional water needed for the Storrs campus.  This option had been opposed by river watershed organizations at the local, regional, and national levels including American Whitewater.  The Farmington River, including the Tariffville Gorge section, site of the annual New England “Triple Crown,” is an important paddling river.  

AW Files Comments on CT River Study Plans

posted July 23, 2013
by Robert Nasdor
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AW has filed comments with FERC in response to proposed study plans for the Connecticut River filed by FirstLight and TransCanada. Based on testimony and comments filed by AW, New England FLOW, AMC and other groups, FERC directed FirstLight and TransCanada to study the potential for whitewater boating at Turners Falls, Bellows Falls, and Sumner Falls along the Connecticut River. AW recently filed comments asking FERC to address certain deficiencies in the proposed studies so that the licensees can more completely assess the potential for whitewater boating and through paddling along the Connecticut River.

Henniker Town Selectmen Vote to Accept Took Land Donation from AW

posted July 17, 2013
by Robert Nasdor
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The Town of Henniker Board of Selectmen voted to accept the donation of a 10-acre parcel of land on the Contoocook River in New Hampshire.  The parcel, which is used by paddlers to access the Class III/IV section of the river, is being purchased by AW in order to permanently protect access to this section of the river.

Attention Stone Valley Paddlers and Spectators

posted June 20, 2013
by Robert Nasdor

If you are going to be boating on the Stone Valley section of the Raquette River or watching the whitewater paddlers during the upcoming releases, we’d like you to consider a few small requests:

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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July 2014

Deerfield Fest
3:00 pm -11:45 pm est


Beaver - Eagle Section Release Lowville,NY runs 09/05/04 - 09/28/13
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Beaver - Taylorville Section Release Lowville,NY runs 08/30/08 - 09/28/13
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Esopus Whitewater Funfest Phoenicia,NY runs 06/02/12 - 06/03/12
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NY, Salmon River Release Lake Ontario,NY runs 06/23/07 - 09/02/12
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West River Release Jamaica,VT runs 04/26/08 - 09/28/13
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Deerfield, Zoar Gap/Fife Brook Releases Fife Brook,MA runs 07/29/05 - 10/13/13
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Penobscot: Canada Falls Rockwood,ME runs 07/05/08 - 09/21/13
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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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Farmington River Release New Boston,MA runs 10/13/12 - 10/21/12
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Deerfield Fest Charlemont,MA runs 07/12/14 - 07/12/14, next 07/12/14
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Hoosic River release Hoosic,NY runs 04/21/04 - 04/16/11
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Blackwater Releases Webster,NH runs 04/18/08 - 04/20/08
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Ashuelot Race and Release Gilsum,NH runs 05/03/08 - 05/03/08
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Beaver - Moshier Section Release Lowville,NY runs 08/31/08 - 09/01/13
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Raquette - Stone Valley Release Colton,NY runs 06/30/07 - 09/02/13
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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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Suncook Fall Release Barnstead NH,NH runs 10/04/08 - 10/04/08
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Bottom Moose Releases Lyons Falls,NY runs 04/20/08 - 10/27/13
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Dead River Releases The Forks,ME runs 05/03/08 - 10/05/13
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Esopus Whitewater Funfest Phoenica,NY runs 06/01/13 - 06/02/13
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Westfield Releases Huntington,MA runs 03/28/08 - 04/21/13
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Black-Moose Kayak Event Spring Kayak Fest Lyons Falls,NY runs 05/16/14 - 05/18/14, next 05/16/14
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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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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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Lower Otter Brooke Releases Roxbury,NH runs 03/29/08 - 05/04/08
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Deerfield Dryway/Monroe Schedule Deerfield,MA runs 05/24/08 - 09/15/13
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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.
  • 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.