A diverse range of agencies and organizations are interested in enhancing the dam releases on the Russell Fork River, located on the border of Kentucky and Virginia. This year, the Army Corps of Engineers has added releases on the first two weekends of November as a pilot program, in addition to the standard four October weekends. You can read about the exciting shift in a recent newspaper article.
American Whitewater has worked with local partners to craft a survey to inform the decision-making process and support releases that maximize benefits for paddlers and local businesses. If you are a Russell Fork paddler, please take 5-10 minutes out of your day to fill this survey out within the next week.
The Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RussellFork
We'll compile the results and share them with the Army Corps of Engineers, and other stakeholders. Enjoy the extended season on the Russell Fork this season, and remember that businesses in small towns around rivers notice and appreciate your business - and therefore often support recreational releases.