American Whitewater is leading the effort to protect whitewater boating in the Adirondacks Region, including the upcoming relicing of more that 20 dams on the Black, Beaver, and Moose rivers.
Hydropower Projects, Access and River Management on the American River and it's Tributaries.
AW has fought a dam owners attempt to block access to the stunning Ausable Chasm.
AW is working to define stream-flows that meet recreational boating needs across Colorado. In both the Colorado and Yampa River Basin's, AW has helped develop baseline data for whitewater recreation
Hydropower relicensing on the Bear River offered an opportunity to restore aquatic resources and recreational opportunities on this river.
AW worked on restoring several boating flows to the Beaver River through a relicensing process, which concluded in 1999.
The state of NC is pursuing the removal of two dams on Big Hungry Creek, a Green River Narrows tributary.
American Whitewater is working with local paddlers to reform USFS policies that limit early season access to the Big South Fork of the Cache la Poudre River.
The Birthplace of Rivers is a campaign that aims to protect the Gauley River's headwaters as a National Monument.
AW blocked the construction of a new dam on the Black and later settled for significant mitigation.
AW lead the charge to stop a dam and diversion project from being built on Northern Idaho's stunning and remote Boundary Creek.
Aiming to protect the rivers and streams of the Bridget-Teton National Forest through the Forest Plan
Colorado's Browns Canyon of the Arkansas River is a Mecca for outdoor recreation, and the nations most popular whitewater paddling destination.
American Whitewater is working on developing data-based research to advocate for the protection of recreation flows on the Cache La Poudre through Fort Collins.
This project is a collection of resources and tools for volunteers interested in protecting and restoring Canadian whitewater rivers.
This spectacular creek has been threatened by a proposal for hydropower development.
The relicensing of a string of dams on the Catawba River could restore the Great Falls of the Catawba, and bring massive public benefits throughout the watershed.
The new Green River Dam is a rare win-win-win: better for boaters, fish and wildlife, and water users. Thanks to the projectâ€™s collaborative design, the last major in-stream barrier to fish and padd
Conservation and enjoyment of the waterfall is important for AW
The US Forest Service has banned boating on the upper 21 miles of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River.
American Whitewater is committed to the stewardship and conservation of the Chehalis River where a new dam is proposed.
AW has worked to restore flows and provide public access to the Chelan Gorge
AW and regional paddling clubs spent 5 years relicensing the dam on the Cheoah and scored a huge environmental and recreational victory.
AW has been working to enforce requirements for public access to the Cispus River.
AW has been a stakeholder in licensing of the hydroelectric projects on this river and protection of key tributaries through the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
American Whitewater's advocacy to protect water quality.
A collection of policy projects and resources that pertain to our Colorado Policy Program
The decades old debate over public use of waterways in Colorado continues, and AW is working to protect the rights of all paddlers to enjoy Colorado's Rivers.
American Whitewater's staff and contractors are working to develop quantitative metrics that help the US Bureau of Reclamation evaluate impacts to recreational stream-flows across the Colorado basin.
Colorado's Statewide Water Supply Initiative may very well determine the fate of Colorado's whitewater rivers by dictating how much water can be removed from rivers to serve a growing population.
Several rivers in Oregon and Washington were protected under the 1986 Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area Act.
The National Landscape Conservation System represents the crown jewels of BLM lands and rivers.
American Whitewater is working to ensure the public can access the Wild and Scenic Crooked River.
A new hydro license proposal would dewater a nice rapid and preclude opportunities for dam removal.
The Deerfield was one of American Whitewater's first FERC relicensing victory's and remains one of the most impressive and valuable to the paddling community.
American Whitewater is working to conserve and restore a dynamic, healthy Dolores River by leveraging recreational water needs to enhance and support in-stream flows.
(Eagle, CO) â€“The Town of Eagle, Colorado recently adopted a River Corridor Plan, an ambitious project that aims to strengthen the townâ€™s connection to its river. As spelled out in the comprehensiv
The Elwha River will be restored by removing two dams that have blocked salmon and degraded recreational opportunities on one of the Pacific Northwest's most spectacular rivers.
AW's work to restore the Feather River
AW is involved in a number of different Forest Planning efforts in Colorado, working directly with the public and the United States Forest Service to secure better protections for rivers.
American Whitewater has worked to provide flows and access to section of the Fox River impacted by hydropower.
For many years AW has worked on the protection of this river and advocated for public access.
AW is working with Grand County, CO to establish a new whitewater park on the Upper Colorado River. We have worked to identify the best location, and build support for the proposed project.
American Whitewater has long worked on the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. From fighting dam proposal decades ago, to advocating for equitable access in the recent development of a new management
A private firm in Colorado has identified the Green River in Wyoming as a potential source of new water supplies for Colorado's growing East Slope. The proposal to divert more than 250,000 acre-feet o
American Whitewater is working to include recreational releases on this Class IV-V stretch of river through the dam re-licensing process.
AW works with partners to protect flows and the scenic landscape of the Green River Gorge.
The Green River Diversion Structure, upstream of Green River Utah, is being considered for rehabilitation or reconstruction under the NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program. AW is working to sec
The Mountains to Sound Greenway stretches over 100 miles along Interstate 90 from Seattle to Central Washington. AW is engaged in promoting stewardship and protection of the rivers in this corridor.
The City and County of Denver is looking to increase it's water supply, and has applied to both the US Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to enlarge Gross Reservoir, and FERC for a hydropower licens
Our new Gunnison River Basin program will define and protect recreational flow needs as part of regional and broader Upper Colorado River Basin stewardship strategies. By quantifying flow needs in the
A collaborative effort to identify and deliver on opportunities to enhance river access on the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers near Harpers Ferry, WV.
On the Saint Vrain River, in the Town of Lyons, AW is working with a group of fellow river enthusiasts to rehabilitate the Highlands Ditch Diversion to allow for better navigability, fish passage, and
Restoring flows to the spectacular Hiwassee Dries, long dewatered by the TVA.
Dam Owner is proposing to reduce flows and alter channel containing whitewater features as part of a FERC license amendment.
American Whitewater is committed to securing public access for the Hood River and its major tributaries.
American Whitewater negotiated recreational releases on a bypassed reach of the Hoosic River near Albany New York that contains both Class III and Class V opportunities.
AW has advocated for restoration of recreational opportunities on the Chippewa River impacted by the Jim Falls Hydro Project.
American Whitewater is working to protect the wild rivers of Southwestern Oregon and Northern California from the threats of nickel strip mines.
American Whitewater's history on the Kern River.
American Whitewater supports opportunities to restore the Kinnickinnic River through hydropower licensing of the River Falls Hydroelectric Project
American Whitewater supports restoration of the Klamath River for the benefit of salmon while providing appropriate opportunities for whitewater recreation.
Pro bono legal assistance is critical to the success of American Whitewater's work to protect the nation's whitewater resources.
AW has worked with local paddling clubs to improve the recreational value of dam releases on the Lehigh
AW worked with the Dupont State Forest to lift the Forest's prohibition on whitewater paddling. Boating became legal in 2002.
AW is working with a broad group of stakeholders to draft a new federal legislation that protects water and the iconic landscapes of the lower Dolores River.
The Lower Salmon River offers a wonderful multi-day river trip managed by the BLM, yet us under-protected compared to most other multi-day destinations. AW has worked with the BLM on recreational man
American Whitewater is advocating for the restoration of a natural flow pattern to these rivers that are heavily impacted by hydroelectric dams.
American Whitewater has been involved with the FERC relicensing process for the McCloud River below McCloud Dam since 2006.
American Whitewater's advocacy to maintain the boundary of the Merced Wild and Scenic Merced River.
American Whitewater supports the conservation and stewardship of the Methow River.
AW has been working on resource stewardship along the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie in Washington and protecting this drainage for the incredible recreational opportunities it provides.
AW participated in this landmark dam removal process throughout the FERC process.
AW supports the efforts of local paddlers who have advocated for whitewater recreation on the Milner Mile.
AW negotiated releases, access, and other previsions on the Mokelumne through a dam relicensing process.
The Montana Headwaters Campaign is a creative grassroots approach to conserving some of Montana's and the continents most incredible rivers. American Whitewater is one of the champions of this issue,
AW fought a proposal to dewater the Moose River beginning in 1982, and ultimately secured some of the first recreational releases in the nation.
In 2009 new Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers were established for the forests of Mt. Hood.
AW has worked with regional stakeholders to relicense several dams on the Nantahala River and its tributaries since 2000.
Issues on the privatizing of public streams in New Mexico
The Hawks Nest Dam de-waters six miles of the New River most of the time, and the relicensing of the dam began in 2012.
American Whitewater worked to provide whitewater boating opportunities in the Nisqually River's LaGrande Canyon.
A locally-driven effort to designate the 7.2 mile Nolichucky River Gorge, on public lands spanning the North Carolina - Tennessee border as a Wild and Scenic River.
Public access, hydropower development, and resource stewardship are all ongoing issues on this river system.
A project with the goal of increasing the number of streams in Western NC protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act through Forest Service protections for eligible streams and through new Congres
We worked to restore flows, provide public access, and made flow information available to provide boating opportunities on this river.
American Whitewater is committed to the conservation of the North Fork Snoqualmie.
Water providers in north Central Colorado are proposing to divert water from the Wild and Scenic Cache la Poudre River above Fort Collins, CO. AW is working to defend the river and the communities it
The Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forests are home to some great whitewater runs and AW has in interest in protecting the resource values of these rivers.
AW works to keep the rivers of Oregon open and accessible to the boating public.
American Whitewater advocates for the protection of the Owyhee Canyonlands.
American Whitewater has long advocated for the removal of the Pine Dam and Hydroelectric Project to restore a free-flowing river.
Virginia's Pinnacles of the Dan River is one of the last river reaches in the region dewatered by a dam.
AW's restoration of the Pit River.
A hydropower project is now being constructed on this wonderful creek in Southwest British Columbia.
Major rivers of the Puyallup watershed include the Carbon, Puyallup, and White which drain the western and northern slopes of Mt. Rainier which we are working to preserve and protect.
AW works for protection and restoration of the recreational and conservation values of this river corridor.
One of the great Rivers of the West, preserving the the Wild Rogue and restoring upstream reaches impacted by dams are priorities for American Whitewater.
American Whitewater is partnering with the Rio Grande Basin Roundtable to assess recreational flow needs on the main stem Rio Grande and the Conejos River.
The "Big Creek" dam relicensing on the San Joaquin River is one of AW's landmark river restoration successes in California
American Whitewater is working to protect the San Joaquin River Gorge and preserve and its free-flowing nature.
AW is working with local clubs and partners to secure legal water rights for fish and recreation needs along the San Miguel River.
AW is working to protect the Sandy River Gorge and restore the river through removal of Marmot Dam in Oregon.
AW used dam relicensing to advocate for land conservation, instream flows, and public access.
American Whitewater supports conservation and restoration of the Similkameen River.
Public access, riparian protection, and effective resource stewardship are all important to management of the Skagit Wild and Scenic River.
AW is actively engaged in the conservation of the Skykomish River and its tributaries and advocacy for public access.
We work to prevent damming of treasured headwater streams paddlers enjoy for small hydropower development.
AW is working to reduce the recreational impacts of the hydroelectric project on Idaho's classic Smith Creek.
The Smith River is known for exceptional water quality and is free flowing from the headwaters to the ocean.
American Whitewater joined a coalition of partners to designate the Snake Headwaters as Wild and Scenic.
American Whitewater is working with a coalition of partners to restore the Snake and Salmon Rivers in Idaho for fish and paddlers.
AW has worked to advocate for paddler access on the instructional reach below Snoqualmie Falls.
American Whitewater defended the right to paddle the South Fork Saluda River in court.
A truly misguided proposal would siphon off the last free-flowing New Mexican river and in the process destroy some of the most precious, beautiful and fun river habitat in the entire Southwest.
Two dams in the Sullivan Creek watershed no longer generate power. One was removed in 2017 as the result of a 2010 Settlement Agreement.
AW is working to improve flows and public access for the benefit of fish, wildlife, and paddlers as part of hydropower relicensing on this river.
Sunset Falls on the Skykomish River has been proposed for hydropower development.
A hydropower project on the Susitna would drown Devil's Canyon.
AW negotiated scheduled recreational releases, flow information, public access, and land protection as part of a new hydro license on the Swan River in Montana.
American Whitewater is working to formalize access at the historic Tacoma Hydroelectric Plant on the Animas River. In 2011, FERC issued a licensing order listing AW as a consulting NGO in the case...
The dams on Tallulah Gorge were among the first rivers in the Southeast to be relicensed and wow what a classic whitewater river it has become.
AW signed a settlement calling for new dam releases, sweeping conservation measures, new access, and the removal of Dillsboro Dam in North Carolina.
AW worked with Foothills Paddlers to predict and advocate for the recreational benefits of a restored Twelvemile Creek. Two dams were removed in 2011.
American Whitewater is working with various stakeholders to develop a resource management plan for the BLM, as an alternative to "Wild and Scenic River" management.
AW played a lead role in advocating for, and negotiating recreational releases on the Upper Ocoee River
AW collaboratively manages the put in for the Upper Youghiogheny River in Western Maryland.
American Whitewater worked closely with local paddlers and other stakeholders to negotiate an improved flow regime on the Upper Yough.
AW advocates for paddling opportunities and stewardship of the Virgin River.
Virginia has some superb rivers and river access laws among the worst in the Nation. American Whitewater is working to assure the basic right to float down a stream in Virginia.
The rivers of Volcano Country within and surrounding the Gifford Pinchot National Forest represent some of the nation's most spectacular whitewater resources.
Relicensing the Weber River Hydroelectric Project, near Ogden Utah.
A 282-foot tall dam is proposed on the Weiser River.
American Whitewater is working to maintain paddling opportunities on West Canada Creek.
Paddlers have long enjoyed and defended the few recreational releases on Vermont's West River. New hydro proposals may offer opportunities or impacts.
AW is working with Beartooth Paddlers on the relicensing of the Mystic Lake Hydroelectric Project on West Rosebud Creek
American Whitewater has been engaged in a long-term effort to protect and restore one of the Pacific Northwest's most spectacular year-around whitewater rivers.
A campaign to protect the free-flowing rivers of the Olympic Peninsula.
American Whitewater is working to protect outstanding paddling opportunities in Colorado, and a healthy Colorado River system from future water development.
AW is working to preserve the free-flowing character of the Yampa River, while multiple interests set their sights on the Yampa as a new source for clean, high quality water supplies for Oil and Gas d
AW has advocated for opportunities to experience the incredible rivers of Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National Parks through paddling.
AW advocates for opportunities to enjoy the unique and spectacular rivers of Yosemite National Park.
The Yuba and Bear rivers are some of the best whitewater resources in California. American Whitewater is an active participant in the FERC relicensing negotiations that impact these rivers.