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.
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!
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.
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17, 2022 Today, after twenty years of sustained advocacy and studies, federal regulators approved the removal of four outdated hydropower dams on the Klamath River in Oregon and California.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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
Request for Proposals – Redesign and Update the AW River Safety Code
11/08/2022 - by Evan Stafford
Lower McCloud (CA) Has Rare Fall Flows During Powerhouse Maintenance Until 11/12
11/01/2022 - by Scott Harding
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
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.
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.
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.
Huge Win for Urban Rivers and Environmental Justice in Colorado
10/13/2022 - by Kestrel Kunz
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.
Moose River Survey responses due by November 1st
Beaver River Survey responses due by December 31st
Comments Needed on Madison River Boating Limits (MT)
10/13/2022 - by Kevin Colburn
Sacandaga (NY) Christine Falls Settlement Agreement Reached
10/13/2022 - by Robert Nasdor
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.