AW launches Important Flow Studies on Arizona streams.
Arizona - As part of our Colorado River Basin Project, American Whitewater has launched two new surveys of the effects of streamflows on recreation quality. If you have paddled the Verde River or the Bill Williams River, and can help us define the full range of streamflows that provide boating opportunities. We need your input!
Across the seven-state Colorado River basin, American Whitewater is working to develop a comprehensive understanding of how changes in streamflow affect paddling opportunities. The amount of water in the Colorado River and its tributaries changes from year-to-year, driven by snowpack runoff and dams both small and large that divert water out of these river systems. As more water is diverted in the basin to farms and cities, the amount of water left in our rivers will change. We are asking: How do these changes impact paddling, and the economies that depend on recreation? Are we ok with these changes?
Our Colorado River Basin Study Project depends on the knowledge and input of local paddlers to help us protect rivers and streams across the Southwest US. With your honest participation in these surveys, you are helping AW develop new policies that protect streamflows and support a variety of paddling experiences.
Currently, American Whitewater's Colorado River Stewardship team is working with agencies and groups from California, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming to solve the water shortage crisis facing these states. Your participation in these surveys provides out staff with the information necesary to succeed in this tremendous effort.
If you have experienced the Verde River from Camp Verde to the Salt River or Bill Williams River below Alamo Dam, please Take the Survey and help us find ways to protect their fish and wildlife habitats, and the variety of recreational opportunities these rivers provide.
Colorado River Basin Supply Study
American Whitewater's staff and contractors are working to develop quantitative metrics that help the US Bureau of Reclamation evaluate impacts to recreational stream-flows across the Colorado basin.