Northeast Boaters Seek To Expand West River (VT) Boating
In response to of the state’s draft basin plan for southern Vermont, American Whitewater and scores of boaters pressed the state to support the expansion of releases on the West River. Restrictions by the Corps of Engineers and Agency of Natural Resources have led to the elimination of nearly all scheduled boating opportunities on the West River over the past two decades, eliminating recreation opportunity and hurting the local economy. AW and its partners have been working to restore these releases.
West River Clean-Up This Saturday (VT)
Vermont Paddlers Club have stepped up to help out with a low key, paddler driven river clean-up on the West River this weekend. Bring your own bags and gloves if possible, and dispose of all trash in the State Park dumpsters after your run or at your convenience.
Looking for Volunteers to Clean Up Vermont's West River
This year the Connecticut River Watershed Council's Source to Sea Cleanup coincides with the September 29 West River release in Vermont.
American Whitewater is trying to organize a handful of volunteers to pick up any trash on the West.
AW and Northeast Paddlers Seek More Class III Opportunities
American Whitewater recently joined regional paddling and conservation partners in seeking additional class III paddling opportunities on Vermont's Little and West rivers. The requests were formal filings made to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Paddlers Request West River Studies (VT)
This week American Whitewater, New England Flow and the Vermont Paddlers Club are filing a detailed written request for studies relating to a proposed hydropower project on the popular West River. The requested studies would provide critical insight into the effects of the proposed project on recreation, hydrology, and Atlantic salmon.
West River (VT) To Run This Weekend
The Army Corps of Engineers announced today that they will be releasing 1500-1800cfs all weekend (March 26-28). Read the full article for details, and as always, be safe out there.
West River Hydropower Proposal Meetings Scheduled
A private hydropower company has proposed to install hydropower generation facilities in two Army Corps of Engineers Dams on the West River (VT), including Ball Mountain Dam which provides releases into the popular whitewater section of the West. The Company, Blue Heron Hydro (BHH) is hosting a public meeting and site visit to discuss their proposal. Paddlers interested in the effects that the hydropower installation may have on the West River are encouraged to attend the meeting and site visit.
TNC Investigates Flow Improvements in New England
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is currently investigating opportunities for restoring natural functions to the Connecticut River Watershed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. TNC's efforts are focused on reconnecting rivers and streams, restoring floodplain forests, and managing flows for people and nature. AW is working with TNC, and we are hopeful that this process will benefit several whitewater rivers and their enjoyment.
Army Corps Torpedo’s West River Releases (VT)
Paddling representatives were
shocked this week to receive a letter from Richard Carlson of the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE)
stating that the spring release on the Vermont’s popular West River would be made during
the week rather than on a weekend as has been the practice for decades. This news follows an ACOE decision last fall to move the release earlier into
the spring when the state park that provides access is closed. We ask that West River
paddlers take action on this issue.