New AW Signature Klean Kanteen Thermos and Travel Mug in Store Now!
We're proud to now offer American Whitewater signature Klean Kanteen items for your holiday shopping or personal gifting pleasure! Keep that hot drink hot and that cold drink cold well into your paddling adventure with either the AW Klean Kanteen Travel Mug or Insulated Thermos. Stick'em in your boat and strap'em to your SUP. Be the hero who shares a hot beverage with your peeps during a frozen day on the water. Or just use one to drink your daily cup o'Joe and keep it toasty all morning long while displaying your support for AW. Either one will make a well appreciated holiday gift and both items support our river stewardship program so you'll know you've given yourself the gift of protecting rivers and your ability to enjoy them too!
American Whitewater Releases New River Access Planning Guide
In a joint project with the River Management Society, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Forest Service (USFS), and National Park Service (NPS), American Whitewater has published the River Access Planning Guide. American Whitewater is regularly called upon to assist with river access projects. Some are a spectacular success, while others are a disappointment. Over the past three years, American Whitewater has been working with the NPS Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Programs to better understand how success comes about when a river access project is developed and provide guidance for a step-by-step process that leads to projects that meet user needs and are sustainable both ecologically and financially.
AW VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH PRESENTED BY KOKATAT: Priscilla Macy
American Whitewater is proud to recognize Priscilla Macy of Salem, OR as our December Volunteer of the Month. Last month we celebrated the passage and signing of a bill that greatly improves access for Oregon river runners, which Priscilla played a vital role in. HB 2835 requires any future waterway access closure on state lands to undergo a public process. This allows the opportunity for waterway users, organizations and communities to provide input on proposed actions. The bill was promoted by recreational advocates like AW and Oregon Outdoors and is the first proactive waterway access bill in recent history to have made it through the Oregon Legislature. But it was the relentless effort from Prisiclla, navigating a delicate political climate and finding a collaborative pathway forward that really made this new law a reality. Prisiclla held countless meetings with a wide array of stakeholder groups including state agencies, private landowners, local governments and parks districts to bring forward a bill that worked for everyone. Excellent work Priscilla! As Volunteer of the Month, Kokatat will be hooking Priscilla up with some world class gear, and we hope you'll extend her a hearty thank you when you see her on the river.
River Safety Signage Project RFP
As the recognized expert in whitewater safety for over 60 years and publisher of the Whitewater Safety Code, American Whitewater is often called upon to provide input on safety messaging for signage at river access points. Requests for assistance come from river managers (e.g. federal agencies including Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and National Park Service; state agencies; and local counties and municipalities), hydropower operators (many hydropower facilities are required to provide signage and safety information as part of mitigation requirements for water-based recreation at their facilities), and our affiliate clubs (our members and local clubs have sites that are directly managed by the whitewater paddling community--e.g. Watauga, Upper Yough, etc.). We are requesting proposals for a project to develop an open-source toolbox that includes text (e.g. standard language describing river difficulty ratings, PFD use and wear, safe boating practices, etc.), vector-graphic illustrations (e.g. river signals and iconography), and guidance on how to use the elements. Our ultimate objective is to improve river safety by providing necessary information to those engaging in river recreation. We will accomplish this by applying our knowledge and expertise in river safety to development of nationally-standardized materials and educational resources that are widely used and understood.
AW VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH PRESENTED BY KOKATAT: Jack Henderson
American Whitewater is proud to recognize Jack Henderson of Brevard, NC as our December Volunteer of the Month. Jack is a dedicated paddler in the southeast and has volunteered many of his great photographs and beta for American Whitewater use for a long time, along with partnering with AW through his day job at the River Management Society, but we're recognizing him this month in particular for his work to help designate the Nolichucky River as Wild and Scenic. He produced an incredible Nolichucky River Wall Map and he has been selling them through our webstore, printing and shipping them off himself, and donating all of the proceeds to our efforts for a Wild and Scenic Noli. And these things are a hot item, raising a significant amount of dollars for our campaign. Great work Jack! As Volunteer of the Month, Kokatat will be hooking up Jack with some world class gear, and we hope you'll extend Jack a hearty thank you when you see him on the river.
Get Your 2020 AW CALENDAR Today – MAKES A GREAT GIFT For Boaters!
The 2020 American Whitewater calendar is now available for purchase. Each year, we collect the best photos from our gracious paddling community and pick out our favorites for the annual AW calendar. The proceeds from calendar sales support our river stewardship work. When this years calendar arrives, Celebrating Wild Rivers On Public Lands, you'll get to see a new beautiful image of a river that AW has made a difference on every month and find out about the work we're doing and have done there. Careful or you might end up adding a bunch of new rivers to next years wish list... It's an awesome fundraiser and a product that we know you'll love. Consider picking one up today. . . and they also make great gifts. Don't miss out, place your order now!
Colorado Gives Day is December 10th... but you can schedule your donation now!
Colorado Gives Day is next Tuesday, December 10th! On this day, folks from around the state and country give to Colorado-based nonprofits like ours, with matches provided by ColoradoGives. Go here to schedule your online donation to support American Whitewater's Colorado River Access Program. Our Colorado based regional team works on river access and conservation issues from flow protection, water quality enhancement, Wild and Scenic eligibility and management, as well as state level policies that highlight river recreation and the industry it supports. In 2020, American Whitewater is dedicated to protecting access to our rivers. American Whitewater's Colorado Access Program works to improve public access to rivers and works directly with landowners, law makers, and paddlers to minimize access conflicts across the state.
Double Your Impact – Patagonia Will Match Donations to AW in December
Double your impact when you support American Whitewater through our Patagonia Action Works Page! Patagonia will match all donations made through Patagonia Action Works between Nov. 29 and Dec. 31, up to $10,000 per donation! You donate $1 we get $2. You donate $100 and we get $200. It's that simple to double your support for our river stewardship program, which protects, restores, and ensures your ability to enjoy the rivers you love to paddle. Your support fuels our ability make a difference for whitewater rivers across the country and this is a great opportunity to make your gift go further this holiday season!
Access Improvements - Wild & Scenic Tuolumne River (CA)
A new put-in launch has been constructed for the world class whitewater of Cherry Creek (Holm Powerhouse) on the Wild & Scenic Tuolumne River. Funded by contributions from the U.S. Forest Service and private donations, Stanislaus National Forest River Ranger Bob Stanley spearheaded the design and construction of a slide/stairway to the river's edge.
New Mexico Game Commission to fix “Non-navigable Water” Rule
This past Thursday (November 21), the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission voted 6-1 to release an opinion from the New Mexico Attorney General's Office from September that - in line with the opinion of three prior AGs - stated that the Commission's rule cannot block the public from recreating on rivers and streams that cross private property. In addition, the Attorney General released a press release "directing the commission to strengthen the process to protect private property rights and minimize trespass, while respecting access rights and outdoor activities of sports enthusiasts."
VT Supreme Court Protects Whitewater Boating on the Green River
The Vermont Supreme Court decided today that whitewater boaters have the right to paddle on the Green River. The Supreme Court affirmed the decision by the Environmental Division of the Superior Court that required the hydropower project on the Green River in Morrisville to provide three annual scheduled releases. This is a precedent setting decision because it establishes that whitewater boating is a designated and existing use protected under the Clean Water Act, that scheduled releases are necessary to protect that use, and that Vermont ANR failed to meet its burden to show that providing scheduled release would result in a lowering of water quality.
American Whitewater Pledges to Support Public Lands - You Can Too
American Whitewater was founded in 1954 by a group of paddlers under the belief that we love the rivers we know, and the rivers we know we'll fight to protect. At that time, in the middle of the last century, many of our bedrock conservation laws did not exist and many rivers we now take for granted were threatened by dams, pollution, and resource extraction. These same issues still exist, but fortunately many of our most classic and favorite rivers to paddle are protected by surrounding public lands and special public lands designations such as Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Recreation Areas, National Monuments, and many others. That's why we strongly support protecting our federal public lands and waters, and also why we've signed, and strongly encourage you to sign the Outdoor Alliance Public Lands Pledge. American Whitewater is a member of the Outdoor Alliance, a coalition that unites the voices of the outdoor recreation community to conserve public lands and ensure those lands and rivers are managed in a way that embraces the human-powered experience.
2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION - CURRENT MEMBERS PLEASE VOTE NOW!
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 9th. 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.
AW's 2019 Holiday Membership Deal now available!
American Whitewater is pleased to announce our 2019 Holiday Membership Offer -a one year AW membership paired with our 2020 AW calendar AND a 12 oz AW Klean Kanteen travel mug. . . all for just $55! Give a great gift (or treat yourself!) and support your favorite non-profit at the same time. . . rockin' river karma for the whole year!
Comments Needed to Support Upper Yough Releases (MD)
The 12-year state permit that governs the releases from Deep Creek Lake into the Upper Youghiogheny is up for renewal, and decision-makers would benefit from hearing from paddlers. Three public meetings and significant discussions have led to broad agreement on some minor changes that are important to the paddling community, and other important issues remain unresolved. Your comment letters could help ensure the Upper Yough is managed in a responsible manner for years to come.
Ashley National Forest (UT) Information Needed
The Ashley National Forest is in the process of updating its land management plan-something that hasn't happened since 1986. This creates an opportunity to advocate for better protection of streams and rivers across the 1.4 million-acre National Forest, which spans from the Uinta Mountains to Flaming Gorge. Right now, American Whitewater needs your help updating the National Whitewater Inventory to include better information on the rivers within the Ashley National Forest. We ask that paddlers familiar with this area add photos and descriptions to the NWI, check out our recent comments, and consider sending a comment letter to the Forest.
Limited Edition AW tees, tanks and hoodies!
Shred it, then protect it! American Whitewater has partnered again with FLOAT to bring you these limited edition tees, tanks, and hoodies! Celebrate the beauty of rivers and that ever important ingredient - flowing water! Support American Whitewater in our stewardship efforts! We have several t-shirt and hoodie styles available and for every t-shirt sold FLOAT will donate $8 to American Whitewater in support of our stewardship efforts restoring rivers. Head on over to FLOAT and SHOP today - lots of fun colors and styles to choose from! Don't delay. . . this offer is only available this week and expires on Sunday, November 17th! Thanks for supporting American Whitewater!
Owyhee Canyonlands Legislation Introduced (OR)
This week's introduction of the Malheur County Community Empowerment for the Owyhee Act (S. 2828) represents a historic move to protect over 1.1 million acres of public lands as wilderness in Malheur County centered around the Owyhee Canyonlands. The legislation also includes protection for an additional 14.7 miles of the Owyhee River as Wild and Scenic.
Oregon Senator Ron Wyden Calls for More Wild and Scenic Rivers
Oregon is home to some of our nation's most amazing and scenic rivers. From the Illinois to the Umpqua, the Owyhee to the Santiam, we have an impressive diversity of majestic waterways that provide an abundance of opportunities for whitewater recreation. Oregon is blessed with 110,994 miles of major rivers and streams but only 2173 miles are protected as Wild and Scenic Rivers. Many additional miles for river protection remain and Senator Ron Wyden is aiming to seize this opportunity! This past week, Senator Wyden announced a nomination process to designate new Wild and Scenic Rivers in Oregon. Make your voice heard and take action to nominate your favorite rivers today.
Recreation Not Red Tape Act: a bill to benefit outdoor recreation
For the past several years American Whitewater has worked with our partners on the Recreation Not Red Tape Act (H.R. 3458/S.1967). This is among the most important piece of positive policy we expect to see this Congress in terms of improving outdoor recreation and our access to rivers on public land. Senator Wyden originally approached us on the idea of a bill to benefit outdoor recreation to encourage sustainable use and enjoyment of public lands and waters. Learn more and take action to join us in supporting this legislation.