article photo 2

Northeast Boaters Seek To Expand West River (VT) Boating

Posted: 12/06/2015
by Robert Nasdor

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.

article photo 2

West River Clean-Up This Saturday (VT)

Posted: 09/28/2012
by Kevin Colburn

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.

article photo 1

AW and Northeast Paddlers Seek More Class III Opportunities

Posted: 02/01/2012
by Kevin Colburn

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.

article photo 1

Paddlers Request West River Studies (VT)

Posted: 12/18/2010
by Kevin Colburn

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.

article photo 1

West River (VT) To Run This Weekend

Posted: 03/25/2010
by Kevin Colburn

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. 

article photo 1

West River Hydropower Proposal Meetings Scheduled

Posted: 10/31/2009
by Kevin Colburn

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.

article photo 1

TNC Investigates Flow Improvements in New England

Posted: 07/31/2009
by Kevin Colburn

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.