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AW in the Lower Pacific

American Whitewater’s conservation program focuses on dam relicensing and continued protection of key watersheds on public land. American Whitewater is a founding member and current Steering Committee member of the California Hydropower Reform Coalition. American Whitewater has participated in the relicensing of 22 hydro projects throughout the state. Our goals are to secure annually scheduled whitewater releases, access improvements, real time flow information and improved instream flows for river ecological purposes.

Many of the California and Southern Oregon Rivers are in Dick Schwind's California Guidebook

American Whitewater Staff to Testify In Congress on Hydropower’s Future

posted March 14, 2017
by Kevin Colburn
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American Whitewater California staff Dave Steindorf will testify before a subcommittee of the US House of Representatives at 1:15pm on Wednesday, March 15th, on behalf of the Hydropower Reform Coalition. The hearing will explore the opportunities and challenges of expanding hydropower generation in the US. Dave has over 20 years of experience negotiating environmental and recreational improvements at existing hydropower dams on behalf of the paddling community. Click through to watch the hearing.


PG&E Withdraws License Application on Butte Creek

posted February 6, 2017
by Dave Steindorf
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PG&E announced on February 2, 2017 that it was withdrawing its application to relicense the DeSabla – Centerville Hydroelectric Project on Butte Creek and the West Branch Feather River.  PG&E engaged in a fifteen year relicensing process, spent tens of millions, only to determine that the energy from this project has been replaced by solar power.

BLM and USFS Issue 20 Year Protection for Kalmiopsis Rivers! (CA/OR)

posted January 13, 2017
by Megan Hooker
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On January 12, 2017, the BLM and Forest Service announced a 20-year halt to new mining activities in the watersheds of the North Fork Smith, Illinois, Pistol River and Hunter Creek in Oregon. American Whitewater celebrates this important milestone with the conservation and recreation partners that we've worked with, and thanks Representatives DeFazio and Huffman and Senators Wyden and Merkley for their dedication to protecting this place. And we thank YOU too for standing up for these wild rivers!

CA State Water Board Orders More Water For Butte Creek

posted August 18, 2016
by Dave Steindorf
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The California State Water Resources Control Board has ordered the decommissioning of the Centerville Powerhouse on Butte Creek to protect spring run salmon. This is part of a relicensing agreement that American Whitewater has been working on since 2003. As a result, Butte Creek, located in Northern California will be receiving more water.

American Whitewater Festival Season is Here!

posted August 8, 2016
by Evan Stafford
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As summer winds down and as botable flows fade along with it, you may find yourself looking for one last hurrah. One more chance to gather with the tribe, paddle an exciting stretch of whitewater and dance into the wee hours of the night wih the reckless abandon only a gypsy boater can. Look no further! American Whitewater provides the flows and the party, with the three best paddling festivals of the summer right around the corner – Gore Festival (CO) August 26-28, Gauley River Festival (WV) September 15-18, and Feather River Festival (CA) September 23-25

New Gauges On The Kern River

posted December 1, 2015
by Dave Steindorf
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After 3 years of discussion and negotiation with Southern California Edison and the US Forest Service the Kern River has several new online flow gauges on the Upper Kern River.  These gauges will replace the cumbersome and antiquated flow phone that was part of the Kern River #3 license.

Improved Flows on the Yuba - One Step Closer (CA)

posted December 29, 2014
by Dave Steindorf
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Yuba/Bear and Drum Spaulding projects in Northern California.  Our review of this 1000 page documents says that it spells good things for boaters.


AW Calls for Public Hearing - River Access & Bridges in CA

posted July 9, 2012
by Megan Hooker
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Under utilized provisions of the California Streets and Highway Code require that an Access Feasibility Study be conducted when a new bridge is built, and American Whitewater wants to make sure they are completed. Today, American Whitewater requested a public hearing regarding the Access Feasibility Study that was done for the SR 99 Bridge over the Feather River conducted by Caltrans. This is a good opportunity for California residents to get involved and improve river access - not just on the Feather, but on any new bridge project in your area!

DWR Releases Oroville Whitewater Park Feasibility Study (CA)

posted February 2, 2010
by Dave Steindorf
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The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the whitewater park feasibility study on the Feather River in Oroville California. Download the report and attend the meeting on February 4th in Oroville.



Member Message - Thanks

posted October 11, 2007
by Ben Van Camp

Upcoming Events

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Calendar by Date by Title

August 2017

CA, Pit 5 Releases
10:00 am -4:00 pm pst
1500 cfs

CA, Pit 5 Releases
10:00 am -4:00 pm pst
1500 cfs

CA, Feather, NF, Rock Creek Releases
10:00 am -4:00 pm pst
1000 cfs

CA, Feather, NF, Rock Creek Releases
10:00 am -4:00 pm pst
1000 cfs


CA, San Joaquin: Horseshoe Bend Releases Fresno,CA runs 08/18/13 - 09/09/13
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CA, SFA Slab Creek Placerville,CA runs 04/29/17 - 05/14/17, next 04/29/17
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CA, Pit 5 Releases Burney,CA runs 09/06/14 - 09/10/17, next 08/05/17
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CA, Feather, SF, Releases Oroville,CA runs 10/02/08 - 10/15/15
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CA, Feather, NF, Rock Creek Releases Quincy,CA runs 08/25/07 - 09/24/17, next 06/24/17
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CA, Mokelumne, NF, Tiger Creek Releases Pioneer,CA runs 05/28/16 - 06/12/16
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CA, Pit 1 Releases Redding,CA runs 08/19/06 - 10/30/16
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CA, Feather, NF, Poe Releases Chico,CA runs 11/11/09 - 12/10/10
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CA, Mokelumne, NF, Electra Releases Mokelumne Hill,CA runs 04/11/08 - 09/05/16
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CA, Feather, NF, Cresta Releases Belden,CA runs 07/23/05 - 04/12/15
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CA, Silver Creek, SF, Icehouse Releases Placerville,CA runs 06/09/17 - 06/25/17, next 06/09/17
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CA, Fordyce Creek Releases Cisco Grove,CA runs 08/28/08 - 08/18/09
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CA, Canyon Creek Releases Nevada City,CA runs 09/05/08 - 05/24/10
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Associated Rivers


Associated Projects

  • Clean Water Act
    American Whitewater's advocacy to protect water quality.
  • Conservation System
    The National Landscape Conservation System represents the crown jewels of BLM lands and rivers.
  • Feather River (CA)
    AW's work to restore the Feather River
  • Kern River (CA)
    American Whitewater's history on the Kern River.
  • Klamath Restoration (OR & CA)
    AW supports restoration of the Klamath River for the benefit of salmon while providing appropriate opportunities for whitewater recreation.
  • McCloud (CA)
    American Whitewater has been involved with the FERC relicensing process for the McCloud River below McCloud Dam since 2006.
  • Merced Wild and Scenic River
    American Whitewater's advocacy to maintain the boundary of the Merced Wild and Scenic Merced River.
  • Mokelumne (CA)
    AW negotiated releases, access, and other previsions on the Mokelumne through a dam relicensing process.
  • Pit River (CA)
    AW's restoration of the Pit River.
  • San Joaquin (CA)
    The "Big Creek" dam relicensing on the San Joaquin River is one of AW's landmark river restoration successes in California
  • Yosemite Whitewater (CA)
    AW advocates for opportunities to enjoy the unique and spectacular rivers of Yosemite National Park.
  • Yuba and Bear Rivers (CA)
    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.


  • West Coast River Touring

    A whitewater guidebook to the Pacific Coast of the United States from the Rogue River to the Salinas Valley in California.