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Trip Reports Offer Enhanced Sharing of River Trips

12/06/2022 - by Kevin Colburn

American Whitewater has revitalized the Trip Report option on our website, and we hope paddlers will take advantage of it! Trip Reports allow anyone logged into the American Whitewater website to tell the story of a river trip by sharing any combination of photos, text, date, and water levels. The most recent three reports are found at the bottom of every river page, and all reports are located on the Trip Report tab on river pages. We encourage paddlers to give it a try, and in this article we'll share a few suggestions on how we hope paddlers use the Trip Report option. 

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S. Rockies Stewardship Year End Review 2022

12/02/2022 - by Hattie Johnson and Kestrel Kunz

At the end of another year, we like to look back on all we’ve achieved together. Your support and engagement in American Whitewater’s mission is what makes the stewardship work we do possible. Thanks for fighting for rivers with us!

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Southeast 2023 Advanced Release Schedule Announced!

11/25/2022 - by Kevin Colburn

American Whitewater and our affiliate clubs have spent the past 25 years working to restore flows to incredible Southeastern rivers impacted by dams. A lot of our work has focused on releases and access on Class II and III rivers like the lower Nantahala, Tuckasegee, Hiwassee, and Catawba, but we also secured releases in some classic steeper reaches previously dewatered by hydroelectric diversions. Each year we meet with power companies and agencies to schedule future releases, review ongoing ecology studies, and discuss any issues with the release programs. We strive to create a schedule with minimal conflicts to maximize recreational value. Below are the 2023 dates for the Class IV/V Cheoah, Nantahala Cascades & Upper, West Fork Tuck, and Tallulah rivers. 

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Federal Regulators Approve Removal of Four Klamath River Dams!

11/18/2022 - by Scott Harding

Nov. 17, 2022 Today, after twenty years of sustained advocacy and studies, federal regulators approved the removal of four outdated hydropower dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California. This will set free one of the most iconic whitewater rivers on the West Coast and help restore its imperiled fisheries, improve water quality  and river recreation, and address the injustices the dams have caused for Tribal people. This is the largest dam removal project in history, and work will begin soon!

 

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Upcoming Trainings About Public Input on SF Salmon (ID) Gold Mine Project

11/17/2022 - by Evan Stafford

A large-scale gold-antimony mine in the headwaters of the South Fork Salmon (ID), a major tributary to the Wild and Scenic Salmon River has been proposed by Perpetua Resources. The company is moving forward with plans to construct the Stibnite Gold Project despite concerns from the EPA that it would significantly harm the protected water quality of these Native American tribal fishing grounds and the classic whitewater paddling in the drainage. The Forest Service recently released a Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for the project, which describes the effects of the mine. Although Perpetua refers to the project as a restoration plan, the SDEIS shows that mining activities will actually degrade fish habitat and the vastly imporved water quality in this wild and pristine watershed enjoyed by paddlers from across the country and world. Our local partners in Idaho, the Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Rivers United, and Save the South Fork Salmon are encouraging members of the public and businesses to closely review the SDEIS and voice their concerns during the comment period and at upcoming public meetings held by the Forest Service. Click the read more button to find the details on the workshops and webinars these support worthy organizations are hosting in Idaho and online. SF Salmon Image by Hannah Harris.

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An Evolution of American Whitewater’s Look and Feel

11/17/2022 - by Evan Stafford

American Whitewater has an incredible, storied history of river stewardship success over the past nearly 70 years. Our shared victories have not only benefited the whitewater recreation community, but truly all those communities whose rivers run through them. In an effort to continue this success and to further recognize our organization as the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States, we’d like to be the first to introduce you to our new visual identity. A true evolution in the look and feel of American Whitewater that took place over the last year, largely as a volunteer project.

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Southern Appalachian Whitewater Hall of Fame Inducts American Whitewater

11/17/2022 - by Evan Stafford

The Southern Appalachian Whitewater Hall of Fame and their parent organization, Southern Appalachian Paddlesports Museum, recently inducted American Whitewater into their Hall of Fame as an organization! From dam removals to securing whitewater release flows to developing and maintaining access areas, American Whitewater has had a lasting and positive impact on the rivers in the Southern Appalachians. It's honor to be recognized by our community and we enjoyed the opportunity to have Mark Singleton, our former Executive Director and Kevin Colburn, our current National Stewardship Director be the guest speakers during the Hall of Fame presentation. Thank you!

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Contribute Your Stories, Images, and Art to the American Whitewater Journal

11/17/2022 - by Evan Stafford

Have a short story to tell? Maybe you've got some opinions about the latest in paddlesports? Advice for beginners? River poems? Thoughts on how to make the river a safer place? Our community wants to hear from you and the American Whitewater Journal is the perfect venue for your writing and photos! The Journal is a volunteer publication that relies on paddlers and river lovers to submit the content that fills it. Submit your content today!

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2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION - CURRENT MEMBERS PLEASE VOTE NOW!

11/12/2022 - by Evan Stafford

Each year American Whitewater's membership ratifies Board of Director members to serve three-year terms. These candidates volunteer to serve on the American Whitewater Board. Current American Whitewater members can cast their votes through Midnight Pacific Time, December 13th. Currently, American Whitewater has four Director Nominees to fill four open seats for election, you may vote for up to four candidates on the slate. The ballot for our Board of Directors election is placed online here.

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Request for Proposals – Redesign and Update the AW River Safety Code

11/08/2022 - by Evan Stafford

With a recent grant from the United States Coast Guard, American Whitewater is launching a project to update our whitewater safety code. We are issuing this Request for Proposals for assistance in this effort from a graphic designer or graphic design team. Redesign will include the production of a new Safety Code and associated outreach materials that are concise, visually compelling, and informational, covering necessary equipment, identifying hazards, and on-water safety skills and techniques for whitewater rivers. To learn more or apply please click the read more button below. 

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Lower McCloud (CA) Has Rare Fall Flows During Powerhouse Maintenance Until 11/12

11/01/2022 - by Scott Harding

The McCloud River below McCloud Reservoir will be flowing until approximately November 12, 2022 while a powerhouse in the McCloud-Pit Hydroelectric Project is undergoing maintenance. This 24-mile-long section is normally impacted by hydropower diversions, and boatable flows in the fall are a rare occurrence. This is a great opportunity to get out on one of the best class IV overnight trips on the West Coast.

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Victory Again: AW Wins Ongoing Fight for New Hiking Trail on NF Feather (CA)!

10/26/2022 - by Scott Harding

American Whitewater’s commitment to enhancing opportunities to enjoy our rivers extends beyond the water, and we’re thrilled to announce that we just secured the construction of a riverside hiking trail along the Poe Run of the North Fork Feather River in California. Once constructed, river lovers will be able to hike for three miles along the river in a section of canyon that is away from Highway 70, which runs parallel to most of the North Fork Feather.

Update (Oct. 26, 2022): Since we first reported our success in March 2022, the utility responsible for trail construction appealed the decision requiring it to build the trail. American Whitewater remained engaged in the fight for the trail, and in late October, the utility was issued a final order to construct the trail.

Wenatchee River Festival 2014 (WA)

10/25/2022 - by Thomas O'Keefe

The Wenatchee River Festival is on for this weekend in Cashmere, WA. This year's festival will include Free shuttles, Riverboard/Raft Surf Competition, Raft and Kayak Down River Races, Freestyle Event, Raft Flip-n-Recovery Event, Throw-rope competition throughout the day, Silent Auction, and Displays featuring festival sponsors, vendors and community groups. All events will take place in Riverside Park in Cashmere. Lunch will be provided by Cascade Canoe and Kayak and the event dinner and party will be at Milepost 111 in Cashmere.

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Explore New Tools on AW’s Evolving Website

10/24/2022 - by Kevin Colburn

Better information leads to safer paddling, that’s our theory here at American Whitewater. It started of course with the American Whitewater Journal in the mid-1950s, and then at the dawn of the public internet we began using our website for crowdsourcing information on whitewater rivers. The result is a site with information on over 6000 whitewater runs. Over the past three years, thanks to support from the US Coast Guard and our membership, we’ve upgraded our online platforms to be far easier to use. Technology is a journey, not a destination, and we are equally excited about where we are at, as where we are headed. Below are some tech updates we are excited to share.  

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Water Right Modifications Threaten the South Fork American River (CA)

10/14/2022 - by Theresa Lorejo-Simsiman

Please take the time to protect flows on the South Fork American River. Use this easy Action Alert here to tell the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) Board that changing water diversion points along one of the most popular rivers in California is a bad idea.

EID has a new point of diversion proposal for Water Right Permit 21112 and is asking for public comment by October 20, 2022. This current proposal still has the potential to impact over 50 miles of whitewater recreational flows on the South Fork American River one of the premier and most used year-around whitewater recreation waterways in the United States. Changes in flow levels could reduce opportunities to paddle reaches like the easily accessible Kyburz section or the iconic Golden Gate section. It could also impact scheduled recreational flows required by the hydropower licenses for Slab Creek and the year around recreational flows below Chili Bar.

 

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Huge Win for Urban Rivers and Environmental Justice in Colorado

10/13/2022 - by Kestrel Kunz

On September 12, the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission reversed its previous decision and voted unanimously to increase protections for portions of Clear Creek and the South Platte River near Denver, Colorado. The decision was in response to a petition brought forward by a number of our conservation partners and was supported by public comment from American Whitewater staff and our members. We want to thank our members that spoke up alongside our stewardship staff at the hearing and we applaud the efforts of the conservation coalition that has worked tirelessly for over two years to protect these rivers.

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Responses Needed For Moose and Beaver River (NY) Boating Surveys

10/13/2022 - by Bob Nasdor

As part of the hydro dams relicensings of the Moose and Beaver rivers in upstate New York, we need boaters to complete surveys for the Moose and Beaver river in upstate New York These surveys are being collected as part of the whitewater boating studies on the Moose and Beaver rivers for the FERC relicensing of the hydropower dams. 

To complete the Moose River Survey, CLICK HERE

Moose River Survey responses due by November 1st

To complete the Beaver River Survey, CLICK HERE

Beaver River Survey responses due by December 31st

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Comments Needed on Madison River Boating Limits (MT)

10/13/2022 - by Kevin Colburn

A Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks work group is proposing to recommend new fees, permits, and limits on Bear Trap Canyon and Quake Lake sections of the Madison River. Comments are due on October 14th, so write them a quick note! The work group recommendations have come out of left field for whitewater paddlers, since they were focused on the high-use sections of the Madison River frequented by anglers. Their solutions are not justified or warranted, and will not solve actual problems. To us, they read like non-solutions to non-problems written with little or no input from whitewater paddlers. 

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Sacandaga (NY) Christine Falls Settlement Agreement Reached

10/13/2022 - by Robert Nasdor

American Whitewater reached a Settlement Agreement with the owner of a hydropower dam at Christine Falls on the Sacandaga River in upstate New York. The Settlement Agreement with Ampersand, USFWS, and DEC will improve river flows, recreation access, and provide flow information that supports whitewater boating below the Christine Falls Dam.

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Mokelumne River (CA) 2022 Recreational Releases

10/13/2022 - by Theresa Lorejo-Simsiman

American Whitewater worked with Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and the Ecological Resource Committee for the Mokelumne River Hydropower Project to confirm recreational releases for 2022.


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