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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

Take Action: Call for a Hearing on Oroville Dam (CA)

posted April 27, 2017
by Megan Hooker
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Earlier this year, two spillways at Oroville Dam on the Feather River in California became severely compromised, prompting the evacuation of approximately 188,000 people. The impact of the failure of these spillways continues to have a significant impact on the river and downstream communities. Those who live downstream of Oroville Dam–along with citizens across the country who live in the shadow of high-hazard hydropower dams–deserve to understand what happened, the full impacts, and what is being done about it. American Whitewater is joining with others to call for a Congressional hearing into these issues and ensure that the public has a voice in the process. Learn more about how you can help our efforts…

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.

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.



Upcoming Events

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October 2018

CA, Pit 1 Releases
06:00 am -06:00 am pst
24 hour flows 1000 - 1150 cfs

CA, Pit 1 Releases
06:00 am -06:00 am pst
24 hour flows 1000 - 1150 cfs

CA, Pit 1 Releases
06:00 am -06:00 am pst
24 hour flows 1000 - 1150 cfs

CA, Pit 1 Releases
06:00 am -4:00 pm pst
Ramp down will begin at 4 pm 1000 - 1150 cfs


CA, Mokelumne, NF, Electra Releases Mokelumne Hill,CA runs 04/11/08 - 08/26/18, next 08/26/18
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CA, Mokelumne, NF, Tiger Creek Releases Pioneer,CA runs 05/28/16 - 06/09/18
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CA, Fordyce Creek Releases Cisco Grove,CA runs 08/28/08 - 09/03/18, next 08/22/18
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CA, Canyon Creek Releases Nevada City,CA runs 09/05/08 - 05/24/10
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CA, Feather, NF, Poe Releases Chico,CA runs 11/11/09 - 12/10/10
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CA, Feather, NF, Rock Creek Releases Quincy,CA runs 08/25/07 - 09/23/18, next 09/22/18
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CA, Pit 1 Releases Redding,CA runs 08/19/06 - 10/08/18, next 10/05/18
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CA, Feather, SF, Releases Oroville,CA runs 10/02/08 - 10/15/15
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CA, Feather, NF, Cresta Releases Belden,CA runs 07/23/05 - 04/12/15
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CA, San Joaquin: Horseshoe Bend Releases Fresno,CA runs 08/18/13 - 09/09/13
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CA, Pit 5 Releases Burney,CA runs 09/06/14 - 09/09/18, next 09/08/18
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CA, Silver Creek, SF, Icehouse Releases Placerville,CA runs 06/09/17 - 06/30/18
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CA, SFA Slab Creek Placerville,CA runs 04/29/17 - 05/06/18
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CA, Piru Creek, lower Piru,CA runs 06/29/17 - 07/13/17
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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.

Associated 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.