After three years of waiting a new flow schedule for the Cresta reach of the North Fork Feather
River has been approved by FERC. This flow shecdule is a result of colaboration between
American Whitewater, PG&E and the State and Federal resource agencies. New higher base flows
will begin on May 1st.
Last week Senator Feingold (D-WI) reintroduced the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA), S. 787. This legislation will maintain the basic protection for rivers that we all appreciate and likely take for granted through restoring the reach of the Clean Water Act to headwater streams. We would like to thank Senator Feingold for looking out for one of our most basic human needs - clean water. Please call your Senator in the next week and voice your support.
Today, President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Lands Bill into law. This action officially designates 86 new Wild and Scenic Rivers and protects well over 350,000 acres of public lands. American Whitewater actively participated in the development of several of the individual Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River proposals that were part of the Omnibus Bill. We also advocated for the passage of the Omnibus Bill. This is truly a great day for rivers and wild places.
A new dam project is threatening the Mokelumne River. The project will have significant impacts to whitewater resources on the Mokelumne. Boaters need to act now to stop this project.
The DWR will present its first report regarding the research conducted for the proposed whitewater park. The meeting will take place on February 18th at 3:00 p.m. at the Oroville City Council Chambers. Local boaters and businesspeople are encouraged to attend to participate and be involved with the planning and final decision.
Our nation's leaders are
currently considering the passage of a large economic stimulus package designed to put people to
work and stimulate the economy. All current versions of the package include significant
funding for construction and restoration projects on federal lands. American Whitewater has joined forces with other members of the Outdoor Alliance
to compile a list of infrastructure projects that are important to the active outdoor recreation
community. Please offer your suggestions through our easy online
Yesterday the US Senate passed a bill that, if also passed by the House of Representatives, will protect millions of acres of public land and designate dozens of rivers as Wild and Scenic. The Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (S. 22) is a collection of bipartisan and locally developed land and river protection bills that have been in the works for years. Swift passage in the House is expected, and President Obama may sign the bill into law as early as Tuesday.
This year’s Feather River Festival will occur at the September Feather Release. Come on out and enjoy the festivities.
As part of the Yuba/Bear relicensing, Fordyce Creek and Canyon Creek will be flowing at the end of August and in September. Come out and enjoy the flows and help us gather information on these runs.
Come out and support the American River Festival this weekend September 5th -7th. Help raise awareness and for American Whitewater and other great local causes. This event is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. Support for American Whitewater generated at this event will go to the Larry Berg California River Stewardship Fund.
Shuttle service is now available for the Big Bend run on the North Fork Feather River. Lake Oroville is at its lowest level in years which is uncovering this run that is normally inundated by the Reservoir. AW is looking for your feedback on this new shuttle service.
The health of the Tuolumne River is at risk from a San Francisco proposal to take significantly more water from the River. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is proposing to divert up to 25 million more gallons of water per day from the Tuolumne, enough to fill 1,000 swimming pools, every day.
The Rock Creek release on the Feather River has been postponed again one week because of the new
fire in the Feather River Canyon.
Although this has shaped up to be a very dry year, there will be a number of paddling opportunities for boaters to take advantage of here in California.
The Bear River will see flows this weekend as part of the relicensing flow studies for the Yuba/ Bear River Project. Come out and boat the release, fill out an online survey and let us know what you think of the run.
Congratulations to Jeffrey Hatcher for winning the June pair of Smith Optics Sunglasses. With generous support from Smith Optics and Small World Adventures, American Whitewater is hosting a fundraising and membership drive ending on October 1, 2008. Steven Mills from Spring, TX was the winner of the April drawing for a pair of Smith Optics Sunglasses and Susan and Robert Glanville from Boston, NY were the winners of the May drawing.
Help AW protect rivers here in the states and you could win a trip with Small World Adventures in Ecuador. Join or donate to be entered in for the next pair of sunglasses and the trip in Ecuador with Small World Adventures. Anyone who joins or renews their AW membership or donates at least $10 to support our river stewardship efforts will be entered in a raffle to a week long trip in Ecuador with Small World Adventures and monthly prizes from Smith Sport Optics.
The Pit 1 reach of the Pit River will have releases again this summer. Many people got on this run for the first time two years ago and found it to be a great class III/ IV run. This years releases will be for one weekend in June, July and August. This year dates are June 21 - 22, July 19 - 20 and August 16 - 17.
Update! The project is anticipated to spill starting Sunday the 16th. Flows are projected
to be in the 2000 to 3000 cfs range through March 19th. Look under the River Info menu at
the top of this page for the most current release information. Increased Water Flows in
March will Help Maintain Pit River Channel and Create Additional Whitewater Boating
American Whitewater and Clif Bar are pleased to announce the 6th annual Clif Bar Flowing Rivers Campaign, pledging $2,500 to American Whitewater Affiliate Clubs for river stewardship work. Funding for this very effective program is provided by Clif Bar. American Whitewater Affiliate Clubs have the opportunity to apply for one of two $1,250 grants. Grants will be distributed to clubs for projects that promote river stewardship, conservation, access and/or safety education on our nation’s rivers.
Continuing American Whitewater's quest to restore the Feather River the signing of this agreement makes AW, and our local club affiliate the Chico Paddleheads, the only Non-Government Organization that has participated in all of the Project Relicensing on the Feather River. The signing of the Oroville Settlement represents the culmination of a five year effort for American Whitewater. This agreement will provide access to Bald Rock Canyon and the Big Bend Runs. It also provides for a Whitewater Park Feasibility Study. Read more about this historic agreement.