The Yampa is the last free-flowing tributary in the entire Colorado basin. It has been targeted as a source of “clean and reliable” water for Denver and a project has been proposed for a 300,000 acre foot reservoir above Dinosaur National Monument. Impacts to the recreational opportunities on one of the region's most outstanding multiday trips would be substantial as peak spring flows enjoyed by boaters would be stored and diverted.
Yampa River Awareness Project Documents, Educates and Inspires
06/27/2014 - by Kent Vertrees
American Whitewater’s affiliate group, The Friends of the Yampa, has been organizing multi day Yampa River Awareness Project raft trips down the Yampa Canyon since 2006. The idea of bringing together paddlers, river advocates, politicians, photographers, videographers and the press was born out of a major threat to the Yampa’s flows some 8 years ago.
Balance energy development and river health
06/24/2014 - by Nathan Fey
Steamboat Springs, Colorado - Energy development in the Yampa and Green River basins needs to strike a balance with river health. The Steamboat Springs newspaper - The Steamboat Pilot - printed AW's take on this important issue.
American Whitewater Receives Partner In Conservation Award - Washington D.C.
10/18/2012 - by Nathan Fey
Today, American Whitewater was in Washington D.C., attending the Department of Interior's Partnership in Conservation Award Ceremony. American Whitewater, along with our project partners from the seven-state Colorado River basin, were given the Partnership award for our work on the US Bureau of Reclamation's Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study.
AW launches Flow Study for Yampa River
03/03/2011 - by Nathan Fey
Colorado - American Whitewater is conducting a study of flow-recreation relationships for the Yampa Basin, and identifying specific metrics for use in the Watershed Flow Evaluation Tool. This study is intended to inform local, state, and federal planning efforts as to the full range and quality of recreational boating opportunities for the Wild and Scenic suitable Yampa River, as well as the Elk and White Rivers, and their tributaries. Your participation in the flow survey is requested.
American Whitewater Applauds Administration's New Focus on Rivers
02/16/2011 - by Kevin Colburn
The Obama Administration issued a report on America's Great Outdoors earlier today that lists river recreation as among the top ten priorities of a new federal action plan for reconnecting people with nature through human-powered outdoor recreation. The report summarizes the results of listening sessions held around the country last summer and fall as the Obama administration sought public input on its action plan for America's Great Outdoors initiative. The report reflects the robust participation of the whitewater paddling community for heeding the call and standing up at the listening sessions to be the voice of rivers
Help Protect the Yampa River - Colorado
09/30/2010 - by Nathan Fey
Colorado - Last month, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released their proposed management plan for the Little Snake Resource Area, encompassing over a million acres of soaring plateaus, wild and scenic rivers, and sweeping sagebrush basins. Special interests are trying to overturn the Bureau of Land Management’s plans to protect portions of the Yampa River – one of the nation's last free flowing rivers. Let BLM know that protections for these rivers are important to you!
Yampa River Found Suitable for Wild and Scenic River Designation (CO)
09/01/2010 - by Nathan Fey
The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is taking public comment on its Proposed Management Plan and Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Little Snake Field Office which administers 1.3 million acres of the Yampa River basin. The plan addresses major issues facing our public lands and waters, and determined that 3 segments of the Yampa River are suitable for inclusion into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
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