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Upper Yough Access Depends on Everyone!

posted July 20, 2016
by Charlie Walbridge
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As we head towards Upper Yough Race Day (July 23rd) in Friendsville it's time to recognizesome people who make access to the river easier. Thanks to Jess Whittemore for visualizing the Friendsville Parking Lot and to Friendsville Town Council for following through and making it happen. Thanks to hundreds of paddlers who contributed money for the parking lot, who stay clear of residential areas on Water Street, and patronize local businesses. And a special thank you to Don Millard who mows the access areas in Friendsville and Sang Run to keep our access costs low. Don't YOU forget to put a few dollars in the donation box in Sang Run to pay for the portable toilet! Jeff Macklin Photo

2016 Clif Bar Flowing Rivers Campaign Announced

posted July 18, 2016
by Mark Singleton
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American Whitewater is proud to announce the two affiliate club recipients of the 2016 Clif Bar Flowing Rivers Campaign: Merrimack Valley Paddlers and The Blue River Watershed Group! Each group will receive a $1,250 grant to go towards their respective stewardship projects. Thanks to all the 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!

South Carolina Legal Decision Protects Right to Float!

posted July 15, 2016
by Kevin Colburn
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Paddlers have successfully helped to defend the public right to float rivers and streams in South Carolina.  In a decision released late last week, a South Carolina court rejected an attempt to privatize a section of the South Fork of the Saluda River known as Blythe Shoals.  The Court ruled that the entire river – rapids and all – is navigable and shall remain open to recreational paddling.  This is great news for South Carolina river enthusiasts!

Volunteer of the Month: Luke Spencer and Pete Giordano

posted July 7, 2016
by Thomas O'Keefe
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As our volunteers of the month, we wish to recognize Luke Spencer and Pete Giordano who spent countless hours in meetings and site visits to make new improved access to the Clackamas River a reality. In recognition of Luke's and Pete's efforts, they will each receive a custom Kokatat X-Jacket, thanks to Kokatat's support of AW's Volunteer of the Month award.Thank you Luke and Pete!

By Land & By River, Adventure-a-thon to Protect the Tuolumne River

posted July 6, 2016
by Evan Stafford
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The Tuolumne River Trust's annual paddle-a-thon to protect the Tuolumne River and raise funds and awareness for river stewardship, the Paddle to the Sea, is now a new "bigger and better" event series called By Land & By River. This year there’s even more ways to explore the Tuolumne watershed including an upcoming event, whitewater rafting the world-class rapids of the American River on Saturday and Sunday July 16th and 17th.

Submit Photos For the 2017 AW Calendar This Month

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

July/August issue of the AW Journal is available online now

posted July 2, 2016
by Mark Singleton
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The July/August issue of the AW Journal is available online now. This issue features the American Whitewater Annual Report. Our Annual Report focuses on 2015 financial performance and stewardship highlights.

License Denied for New Dam on Bear River (ID)

posted June 18, 2016
by Thomas O'Keefe
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This week the Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioned (FERC) issued a final order denying a license for the Twin Lakes Canal Company’s proposal to build a 109-foot-tall hydroelectric dam on the Bear River in southeast Idaho. American Whitewater and our partners have worked diligently for over 14 years to protect the Oneida Narrows section of the Bear River, and we’re celebrating this final decision, which will keep this section of river freely flowing!

Take Action: Bad Hydropower Legislation Still in Play

posted June 6, 2016
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Negotiations on an Energy Bill are about to get underway and the hydropower industry wants a piece of the action. Under the guise of "modernizing" hydropower and "reducing costs," the hydropower industry is working feverishly to get a free pass on environmental regulations that help us restore flows to rivers. If they are successful, it will damage our work to restore flows and enhance whitewater recreation downstream of hydropower projects. Take action today to help us restore rivers and keep them flowing.

Tell the NRCS Thank You for the successful Green River Diversion Project.

posted May 3, 2016
by Nathan Fey
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American Whitewater is pleased to announce the successful completion of the Green River Dam rehabilitation project. This is a big win for the Green River and we want to thank our partners at the NRCS for their role.

Please take a second to sign our thank-you letter and tweet your thanks for a successful project!

CT River Update: AW Responds to Flow Study, License Application (MA/VT/NH)

posted May 2, 2016
by Robert Nasdor
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The relicensing of 5 hydropower projects along the Connecticut River is moving closer to conclusion with the release of the whitewater boating study report for Bellows Falls and Sumner Falls (NH/VT). American Whitewater and its affilliates filed comments today in support of the study conclusion that valuable whitewater boating opportunities exist at both locations. AW and its partners also recently filed comments in response to the Draft License Application filed by FirstLight for the Turners Falls and Northfield Mountain (MA) hydropower projects, demanding restoration of flows to the natural river channel.

Senator Wyden and Representative Blumenauer Work to Promote Outdoor Recreation

posted March 17, 2016
by Thomas O'Keefe
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This morning, Senator Ron Wyden and Representative Earl Blumenauer from Oregon released the Recreation Not Red Tape (RNR) Act, which is an effort to recognize the importance of recreation on public lands and waters.

#FindYourPark and Show Us Your Rivers

posted March 3, 2016
by Thomas O'Keefe
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The National Park Service is celebrating its Centennial this year (2016) and the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act’s 50th anniversary is coming up in 2018. We encourage the paddling community to get out there, take photos, and enjoy rivers while finding your park! You can help tell the story of these rivers which supports their conservation and stewardship by sharing your photos.

It's Permit Season!

posted December 30, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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If you haven't started already it's time to start planning for that big multi-day trip you've been wanting to do. American Whitewater's permit database can help you find the information you need.

Southeast Advanced Release Schedule Set For 2016!

posted December 1, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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Tis the season when American Whitewater works with power companies and other groups to schedule the coming year's dam releases in the Southeast. In addition to hundreds of releases on Class I-III rivers like the Nantahala, Tuckasegee, and Catawba, we put together an outstanding integrated schedule of Class IV and V opportunities. Check it out!  

Federal Regulators Recommend Denial of License for New Bear River Dam (ID)

posted October 2, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Citing a host of environmental concerns raised by American Whitewater and our partners, the federal government has recommended denial of an application seeking to build a 109-foot-tall hydroelectric dam on the Bear River in southeast Idaho. Federal regulators agreed with our view that the Oneida Narrows represents a regionally unique and important river recreational resource that would be destroyed by the proposed dam, for which mitigation is not possible.

Help Save Vital River Access Funding

posted August 11, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
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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.




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