American Whitewater (AW), the nation’s leading advocate for the conservation of whitewater
rivers, will be hosting public meetings for river boaters in Ridgway on May 14 and in Montrose on
These ‘regional paddlers dialogues’ are a part of AW’s efforts to define and
protect recreational flow needs throughout the seven-state Colorado River Basin, which includes
many stream segments throughout the Gunnison River Basin like the Uncompahgre River and Gunnison
Gorge. At the meeting, AW Staff will explain how paddlers can participate in defining acceptable
flow ranges, and gather feedback on other river-related opportunities and issues.
"AW does great local, regional and national work. This is a chance for paddlers to have
their voices become part of longer term management and policy efforts related to safeguarding
in-stream flows and our recreation-dependent economies" said Bill Chipley, a Ridgway
resident, paddler and real estate broker.
Kayakers, rafters, paddle boarders, duckiers and other river enthusiasts who are unable to attend
are encouraged to help define recreational flow needs in the Basin by participating in the
2013 Gunnison River Flow
Both meetings will begin at 6pm. Ridgway’s meeting will be held at the
and the Montrose meeting will be held at the Montrose Regional Library
. Questions or comments can be directed
to AW’s Gunnison Basin staff member Chris Menges at email@example.com.