Old browser warning

Site look funky?  Your browser is either Internet Explorer (hit refresh (F5) several times due to a bug in Microsoft's code that we can't work around) or is 10 years old and standards-based layouts and styling confuse it.   Consider updating.  One excellent option is Mozilla Firefox, versions of which are available for Linux, Mac and Windows. Safari 1.0+ and IE 6.0+ are also supported.

Cheat Festival (WV) Coming May 2nd

posted April 14, 2015
by Charlie Walbridge
article photo 3

Friends of the Cheat, a long time partner of American Whitewater, will put on the 21st Annual CheatFest on Saturday May 2nd. It's an all day event with races, kid's events, great music, and of course, whitewater! FOC works tirelessly to improve water quality in the Cheat River Watershed and was a key player in the recent protection of the Cheat Canyon. They currently maintain three river access areas on the Cheat and Big Sandy Rivers which they built with help from AW.

Department of Energy - Still Aiming to Dam Every River?

posted April 13, 2015
by Megan Hooker
article photo 2
Last month Politico reported that top Department of Energy officials continue to push their ambitious goal to double hydropower production in the U.S. by 2030. Hydropower companies have taken note since the DOE first announced its goal last year, and they continue to gear up to help. American Whitewater is deeply concerned to see that this goal continues to be promoted as a viable possibility. With less than 2% of our rivers in the lower 48 left relatively undeveloped, the Department of Energy’s vision to dam every possible river to double hydropower production is not one that we can afford to see. 

Sultan River Whitewater Opportunities to Begin (WA)

posted April 1, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
article photo 2

On Saturday April 25th, Snohomish PUD will be providing a whitewater recreational opportunity on the Upper Sultan River. This class IV gorge is a great piece of whitewater in a spectacular setting. If you wish to check it out, be sure to sign up with Snohomish PUD.

AW's April Volunteer of the Month–Presented by Kokatat!

posted April 1, 2015
by Megan Hooker
article photo 2
American Whitewater recognizes John Simpkin as our April 2015 Volunteer of the Month! As a California Regional Coordinator for American Whitewater, he represents us at monthly meetings on the PG&E Mokelumne Hydroelectric Project, and has advocated for the removal of illegal fences that block access to the Consumnes River. In recognition of all John does for American Whitewater in California, he will receive a custom Kokatat X-Jacket.
 

Space Still Available on AW Colorado Yampa River Trip with OARS!

posted March 31, 2015
by Mark Singleton
article photo 3

On May 21, 2015, American Whitewater members have a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a 4-day trip on Colorado’s Yampa River - one of the most sought-after whitewater adventures in the world. We invite you to join our staff and Board as we team up with O.A.R.S for a trip through the heart of Dinosaur National Monument, and down the last major tributary in the Colorado River system that runs wild and free.

Tallulah Spring Releases 2015 (GA)

posted March 31, 2015
by Mark Singleton
article photo 2

The first two weekends in April mark classic boating in the southeast with releases on the Tallulah River. The river flows through Tallulah Gorge State Park, the Park has specific regulations for visitors.

2015 French Broad River Festival (NC)

posted March 31, 2015
by Mark Singleton
article photo 2

Join American Whitewater at the French Broad River Festival May 1 - 3. Each year the festival features a host of awesome musical acts, art, food, vendors, and raft race. Proceeds from the event support American Whitewater river stewardship projects.

New Mexico: Threats To The Gila River And To Public Stream Access

posted March 30, 2015
by Nathan Fey
article photo 2

AW and the Adobe Whitewater Club are working hard to derail two very troubling bills in the New Mexico legislature that are proposing to eliminate navigability of the states rivers, while also continuing to fight a devastating Gila River diversion. You can help!

2015 Northeast Whitewater Release Schedule Set

posted March 27, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
article photo 5

Northeast boaters are celebrating the end of a long, cold and snowy winter and are making boating plans for the year. Here is the 2015 Northeast Release Schedule

Deerfield River (MA) Hydro Relicensing: Building on Past Success

posted March 24, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
article photo 2
Twenty years after reaching a historic settlement agreement on the Deerfield River hydropower relicensing that has transformed northeast paddling opportunities, we began another relicensing process this spring that will likely result in improvement in flows, access and facilities for boaters in the region.

Bill to Promote Access at Bridges Awaits Action in House (WA)

posted March 24, 2015
by Thomas O'Keefe
article photo 2

As part of our work to protect and promote access to public waterways, American Whitewater is pursuing a bill in the Washington State legislature to require an evaluation of providing public access for state highway projects that include construction of a bridge across a navigable waterway. Our bill has passed the Senate unanimously and is now before the House Transportation Committee. The most helpful action members can take now is to reach out to members on the Transportation Committee.

Opening Day On the South Fork American - April 4th

posted March 23, 2015
by Theresa Simsiman
article photo 2

American Whitewater invites paddlers to come out on Saturday, April 4th for the 3rd Annual Opening Day of the South Fork American River Celebration organized by California Canoe & Kayak and Jackson Kayak. This event is a benefit for American Whitewater (AW) and to help an injured River Champion, Bob Center!

Tuolumne River (CA) Paddle to Sea 2015

posted March 19, 2015
by Megan Hooker
article photo 2
Paddle to the Sea is the Tuolumne River Trust's annual paddle-a-thon to protect the Tuolumne River and raise funds and awareness for river stewardship. Sign yourself or your team up for a fun one-day paddle in May or June on the Tuolumne or American River, or challenge yourself to go the distance from the Sierra to the Sea! All funds raised support the Tuolumne River Trust's work to recover from the 2013 Rim Fire, educate the community about water conservation and efficiency, and restore the watershed.
 

Join American Whitewater On A Trip Down Colorado’s Yampa River!

posted February 20, 2015
by Nathan Fey
article photo 5

On May 21, 2015, American Whitewater members have a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a 4-day trip on Colorado’s Yampa River - one of the most sought-after whitewater adventures in the world. We invite you to join our staff and Board as we team up with O.A.R.S for a trip through the heart of Dinosaur National Monument,  and down the last major tributary in the Colorado River system that runs wild and free.

Yellowstone Paddling Legislation Reintroduced with NPS Input

posted February 17, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
article photo 2

Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis introduced legislation last week that will require the National Park Service to study and reconsider their management of non-commercial paddling in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.  The legislation is the result of significant dialog among the Parks, conservation-oriented paddlers, Representative Lummis, and others. 

State Clears Way for New Catawba River Dam License & Releases (NC/SC)

posted February 16, 2015
by Kevin Colburn
article photo 2

Last week the State of South Carolina issued the final permit that Duke Energy needed before the federal government could issue them a new license for operating their dams.  With a new license now expected sometime this year, paddlers can start gearing up for some big changes in the Catawba Watershed including new conservation opportunities, access areas, water releases, and stream gages.

Action Alert: Help protect the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook (CT)

posted February 12, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
article photo 2

Connecticut boaters have a great opportunity to protect the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook. One of the best tools for protecting our rivers from harmful dams and diversions is the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. American Whitewater is working with our partners in Connecticut to designate sections of these rivers as Wild and Scenic, including the Tariffville Gorge. 

We need paddler's voices to make this a reality. Please join us in supporting efforts to enact federal legislation that will permanently protect these rivers for future generations.

Congress Passes River Conservation Bills

posted December 13, 2014
by Kevin Colburn
article photo 2

In the final days of the 113th Congress, several river conservation measures have been passed designating significant new Wilderness Areas and Wild and Scenic Rivers in areas vitally important to the paddling community.