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Bear River Runs as Idaho Flows Boom

03/17/2017 - by Kevin Colburn

March is the new June in Idaho, and early snowmelt has river flows booming. The dam that normally diverts almost all the water from the Black Canyon of the Bear River has begun to spill and boatable flows are likely for for the next couple weeks. Flows are likely to reach or exceed 1,500cfs which means a rare chance to experience the Bear at big Class V flows.

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Success and Scheduled Flows on the Bear River (ID)

02/14/2012 - by Kevin Colburn

American Whitewater is pleased to announce that we have negotiated a modified flow regime for the Black Canyon of the Bear River in Idaho. Under the new agreement between AW and the other members of the Ecological Coordination Committee that was set up to implement a 2002 hydropower settlement agreement, PacifiCorp will provide nine scheduled pulse flows between April 1 and June 5 each year.

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Report Highlights Bear River Restoration (ID)

11/15/2011 - by Kevin Colburn

The recently finalized report on a pulse flow program on the Black Canyon of the Bear River, located in Southeastern Idaho highlights the role that new water releases are playing in the restoration of the river reach. The report documents positive effects on instream habitat and aquatic insect populations.  American Whitewater is now actively working with other stakeholders to finalize a flow program on the Bear for decades to come. 

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Bear River (ID) Release Cancelled this Weekend (May 7-8 )

05/04/2011 - by Kevin Colburn

Pacificorp and American Whitewater have decided to cancel the Bear River (ID) releases this coming weekend (May 7-8, 2011) for a variety of hydrological, recreational and administrative reasons.  Following this weekend in-flow triggered releases will resume.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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2011 Bear River Release Update (ID)

03/25/2011 - by Kevin Colburn

Spring is definitely in the air and we want to give folks an update on the changes to expect this year for the Bear River Black Canyon whitewater releases, located in Southeastern Idaho.

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Bear River Release Schedule Announcement (ID)

01/29/2009 - by Kevin Colburn

In 2008 paddlers celebrated the restoration of pulse flows and awesome Class IV(V) boating opportunities to Idaho's Black Canyon of the Bear River.  2009 will offer paddlers four scheduled dates, and many more potential release dates from April through mid-July.  AW negotiated these releases and is involved in their ongoing monitoring and management. 

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Charlie Vincent: AW River Steward of the Year

09/29/2008 - by Kevin Colburn

Last week at the Gauley River Festival, American Whitewater announced that Charlie Vincent was named the 2008 River Steward of the Year.  American Whitewater annually awards this honor to a single volunteer who has shown exceptional dedication to our river stewardship mission, and who has recently reached a major milestone in their efforts.  Charlie's decade of volunteer work on Idaho's Bear River successfully restored water to the river's Black Canyon this year. 

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