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
The Department of Agriculture recently announced that it will not review a 20-year prohibition on new mining development (i.e., a “mineral withdrawal) for over 101,000 acres of public lands in SW Oregon. The protection, which was implemented in late 2016, covers rivers cherished by the whitewater community including the Wild and Scenic North Fork Smith and Illinois Rivers and their headwaters.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
|CA, Feather, NF, Rock Creek Releases||Sunday the 23rd||09:00 AM to 2:00 PM PST||700 cfs||Feather Festival Weekend|
|Saturday the 22nd||09:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST||800 cfs||Feather Festival Weekend|
|CA, Pit 5 Releases||Sunday the 9th||10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST||1200 cfs|
|Saturday the 8th||10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST||1200 cfs|
|CA, Feather, NF, Rock Creek Releases||Sunday the 19th||09:00 AM to 2:00 PM PST||700 cfs|
|Saturday the 18th||09:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST||800 cfs|
|CA, Pit 5 Releases||Sunday the 12th||10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST||1500 cfs|
|Saturday the 11th||10:00 AM to 4:00 PM PST||1500 cfs|
|CA, Feather, NF, Rock Creek Releases||Sunday the 29th||09:00 AM to 2:00 PM PST||700 cfs|
|Saturday the 28th||09:00 AM to 6:00 PM PST||800 cfs|
Comment Deadline Extended for Yosemite's Merced River Plan
April 16, 2013
Interior Recommends Removing Klamath River Dams
April 8, 2013
We Want to Hear From You! Access in California
September 4, 2012
AW Supports Improved Water Quality on Sacramento
September 4, 2012
West Coast River Touring by Dick Schwind
December 17, 2015
Help Protect S. Sierra Whitewater Rivers (CA)!
August 4, 2016
Conservation Groups Release New Report on Oroville Dam Spillway Incident
September 19, 2017
Wild and Scenic Study Report Released for Mokelumne (CA)
February 7, 2018
A whitewater guidebook to the Pacific Coast of the United States from the Rogue River to the Salinas Valley in California.