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Upgrades to AW National Whitewater Inventory!

Posted: 10/02/2020
By: Evan Stafford

American Whitewater is proud to release some big upgrades to our website with the support of a U.S Coast Guard grant. We've totally revamped the mapping tool for interacting with our National Whitewater Inventory (NWI), our database containing over 5,700 runs, with crowdsourced descriptions, recommended flow levels, rapid descriptions, alerts, news and more. This improved planning tool will not only help paddlers select the rivers and flow levels appropriate for their skill, it will also inspire you to visit new rivers and become involved with river stewardship. The new mapping tool also improves mobile use of our site and allows paddlers to relay and explore information on river levels, hazards, and other conditions while on the go. 

As a part of this project we've also updated our safety page and accident database, and look for more upgrades there soon. We'll also be sharing a new public GIS layer that includes all NWI river reaches and is the basis for the new mapping tool. This will allow for geographical information for rivers where people recreate to be more easily accessible to everyone and hosted in many locations online for paddlers and emergency responders to utilize. 

We'd love to hear your feedback and appreciate your help dialing-in the finer points of these technology enhancements. If you have a specific bug, issue, or enhancement please use this form to submit your thoughts.

Jesse Wycko

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