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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.  

May/June AW Journal in the Library Now!

posted May 5, 2015
by Carla Miner
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The May/June Issue of the AW Journal features "Fighting for the Colorado River’s Future". 

Current members - Read the issue now!
Not a Current member - Join or Renew!

Hydropower Industry Takes Aim on Rivers

posted May 4, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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U.S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) has released a discussion draft of a bill that is, by far, the most dangerous piece of hydropower legislation for rivers that we've seen in over a decade. The proposed "Hydropower Regulatory Modernization Act of 2015" would take the hydropower industry back to the days that brought about massive hydropower development during the last century, where developers could dam a river, take out all of the flow and barely give a second thought to the fish, wildlife, habitat or the recreation economies that depend on them. 

Join AW for California Rivers Day May 11th!

posted May 4, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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California boaters! Join American Whitewater on Monday, May 11th at the State Capitol in Sacramento for California Rivers Day–an education, outreach, and activism event focusing on rivers. Our rivers need your voices more than ever, as the severe and persistent drought has unleashed an intense push to take us back to the era of big dam building and weaken protections for our waterways. Come help us celebrate and advocate for California's rivers with a pancake breakfast and paddle, river fair, and visits with key decision makers. 

Nooksack Recreation Plan Completed (WA)

posted May 4, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Following a two and a half year process, the  Upper Nooksack River Recreation Plan, has been finalized. This new, comprehensive plan will help guide the management of recreation and natural resources along the upper Nooksack River system in Washington state. The plan recognizes and supports the economic and health benefits of recreation, along with protection and restoration of the natural and cultural values of the upper river basin.

Final Decision released for Green River Diversion Project

posted May 2, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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Green River, Utah - The Natural Resources Conservation Service published it's Record of Decision (ROD) on the Green River Diversion Project this week, which serves as the final agency decision on whether Tusher Dam will be reconstructed with Fish and Boat Passage.  Thanks to paddler input, the agency has decided to include a water right and a boat chute to ensure paddlers have safe passage through the dam.

Gauley Fest 2015 - Vendor Registration Open Now!

posted May 1, 2015
by Carla Miner
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Vendor registration for the largest whitewater festival in the world, Gauley Fest, is now open! Make sure to register before prices automatically increase 15% on September 1st.

Show Your Support for Protection of Mountains to Sound Greenway (WA)

posted May 1, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Extending from the Seattle waterfront to Ellensburg Washington, the Mountains to Sound Greenway is a 1.5 million acre outdoor recreation paradise. It includes great whitewater runs like the Middle-Middle, Club Stretch, Ernie's Gorge, Fall in the Wall in the Snoqualmie River drainage; Cooper and Cle Elum in the Yakima River drainage; Cedar River Slalom Course; and many more great paddling destinations. Today, we are asking the whitewater paddling community to join in to support the designation of this landscape as a National Heritage Area.

Participate in Our Survey of Oregon Whitewater

posted May 1, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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If you boat whitewater rivers in Oregon, American Whitewater wants to hear from you! We're doing a survey to better understand the importance of some of the state's best whitewater runs. The information you provide will be used to support our work to protect, restore and improve access to your favorite rivers in the state.

May 5th is a Great Day to GiveBIG to AW!

posted April 30, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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As paddling season kicks into high gear, we hope that you'll consider making a contribution to American Whitewater on GiveBig Day–Tuesday, May 5th! When you contribute to AW through the Seattle Foundation on GiveBIG day, your donation automatically goes further through a stretch pool made possible by generous sponsors. And, no matter how much you contribute, you may win a Golden Ticket that would boost your donation by $1,000! Mark your calendars to GiveBIG on Tuesday, May 5th! 

Merced in Yosemite–Officially Open at Last!!

posted April 27, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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On Friday, April 24, 2015, the Merced River in Yosemite National Park was officially reopened to paddlers! Even though the new Wild and Scenic River Plan was finalized a year ago, the actual rules and regulations for the Park were finally updated on Friday. This marks the culmination of seven years of sustained engagement by American Whitewater with the National Park Service and other stakeholders. 
 

New Parking Area Greets Upper Yough Paddlers

posted April 27, 2015
by Charlie Walbridge
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May 2nd will be the first Saturday Upper Yough release of the year, and hundreds of white water paddlers will converge on the small town of Friendsville, MD. After $25,000 in paddler-donated seed money and $160,000 in grants raised by the Town the new parking area is complete and awaiting final approval. We hope the parking will be open, but please park on the side of the road if it isn't. Please observe the usual courtesies when in town: don't drink alcohol in public, change clothes or relieve yourself where others can see you, or park in residential areas along the river. And do take time to patronize the businesss in town who are eagerly awaiting your arrival.

Ocoee River (TN) Needs Your Help

posted April 23, 2015
by Mark Singleton
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The current agreement for water in the Ocoee River with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) expires in 2018. A new agreement is needed. TVA is exempt from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s requirements because of its uniques structure as a quasi federal agency. Write your representatives today supporting a legislative solution that would require water for releases.

2015 Northeast Whitewater Release Schedule Set

posted March 27, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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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

Bill to Promote Access at Bridges Awaits Action in House (WA)

posted March 24, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
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As part of our work to protect and promote access to public waterways, American Whitewater is pursuing a bill in the Washington State legislature to require an evaluation of providing public access for state highway projects that include construction of a bridge across a navigable waterway. Our bill has passed the Senate unanimously and is now before the House Transportation Committee. The most helpful action members can take now is to reach out to members on the Transportation Committee.

Tuolumne River (CA) Paddle to Sea 2015

posted March 19, 2015
by Megan Hooker
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Paddle to the Sea is the Tuolumne River Trust's annual paddle-a-thon to protect the Tuolumne River and raise funds and awareness for river stewardship. Sign yourself or your team up for a fun one-day paddle in May or June on the Tuolumne or American River, or challenge yourself to go the distance from the Sierra to the Sea! All funds raised support the Tuolumne River Trust's work to recover from the 2013 Rim Fire, educate the community about water conservation and efficiency, and restore the watershed.
 

Join American Whitewater On A Trip Down Colorado’s Yampa River!

posted February 20, 2015
by Nathan Fey
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On May 21, 2015, American Whitewater members have a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a 4-day trip on Colorado’s Yampa River - one of the most sought-after whitewater adventures in the world. We invite you to join our staff and Board as we team up with O.A.R.S for a trip through the heart of Dinosaur National Monument,  and down the last major tributary in the Colorado River system that runs wild and free.

Congress Passes River Conservation Bills

posted December 13, 2014
by Kevin Colburn
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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.

Another Way To Give, American Whitewater Is An Amazon Smile Partner

posted October 1, 2014
by Mark Singleton
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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.




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