American Whitewater is proud to announce the two affiliate recipients of the 2017 Clif Flowing
Rivers Campaign: The Upper Colorado River Private Boaters Association and Bluegrass Wildwater
Association! Each group will receive a $1,250 grant to go towards their respective stewardship
Upper Colorado River Protection - Upper Colorado River Private Boaters
The Upper Colorado River Private Boaters Association (UCPBA) is a local advocacy group working to
protect and ensure recreational opportunities on the Upper Colorado River and its tributaries.
The UCPBA was formed in 2014 as an affiliate club of American Whitewater dedicated to the health
of the upper Colorado River and to those who share a passion for the water. Along with AW, the
UCPBA is a member of the Upper Colorado River Wild and Scenic Stakeholder Group (SG or
Stakeholder Group) and a voting member of the recreational floatboating interest group (chaired
by American Whitewater), representing local private river user interests in SG negotiations. The
Stakeholder Group is comprised of representatives from state and federal agencies, local
governments, conservation interests, landowners, municipal water providers, and recreational
interests such as paddlers and anglers. Support from Clif Bar and American Whitewater will
provide the Association with resources needed to maintain its involvement in the Stakeholder
Group and serve as one 1/6 organizations that make up the Recreational Floatboating Interest
Group. With this funding, the UCPBA would be able to more consistently engage in the recreation
interest group and increase support for AW efforts to protect the Wild & Scenic River Values
and the interests of recreational paddlers in the Upper Colorado River. It is the goal of
the Stakeholder Group to permanently protect and enhance the Colorado River’s W&S
Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs), water project yield, and flexibility for water users.
Diverse interests are represented and recreational paddlers have an equal vote in the
decision-making framework. This funding will help the UCPBA ensure the W&S values of the
Colorado River have a consistent, coordinated, and strategic voice.
Elkhorn River Clean Up - Bluegrass Wildwater Association
With its high cliffs and scenic waterways, the Elkhorn River in Frankfort Kentucky is a beautiful
example of rivers in the Central Kentucky region. The home river of the Bluegrass Wildwater
Association, the Elkhorn River has also been used as a convenient dumping ground by the local
community for everything from bait containers to automobiles. Although the river has been the
site of several clean-ups, the basic problem remains; the public still believe it’s ok to
dump trash in the Elkhorn. Over time, one thing we’ve noticed is that the clean ups are
mainly involving the same groups and as a general rule, out of the view of the general public.
Our plan is to change that. Our plan is to not only clean the Elkhorn, but more importantly to
change the public perception of the Elkhorn River itself. We will be involving people that are
not normally involved, local businesses, both local print and television media and local branches
of the government. We want to address the problem where the problem exists, in the local
community, and by involving the local community, over time, change the perception of the true
valve of this local resource. The plan is simple. Start an annual event involving local business
from specific industries that will provide teams of workers to clean up the Elkhorn. Make it fun,
make it a team building exercise for the businesses, and make it a competition between the
businesses to see which company’s teams can find and remove the most trash.
Thanks again to all the affiliate groups who participated in this year's grant process. Most
of all, a huge thanks goes out to Clif
for sponsoring this
wonderful opportunity in support of grassroots river stewardship!