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AW in the MidAtlantic

American Whitewater has a long history of working in the Mid-Atlantic. Our regional conservation and access program is directed towards securing recreational releases from dams and securing public access points to rivers, which would otherwise be lost due to development. Our work on securing releases on the Gauley and Yough (both Upper and Lower) have proven integral to developing regional rural economic strategies and building sustainable commercial markets for eco-tourism opportunities. We are lucky that West Virginia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Maryland have fairly strong navigability and public access laws; however we are vigilant for any legislation that would reduce the public right to float. We are also increasingly concerned about the state of water quality in the Mid-Atlantic and the effect of surface mining and extractive mountain top mining removal in which unusable dross is simply pushed into sensitive headwaters streams and creeks.

AW Appeals New River Dries Flow and Access Prescriptions

posted June 20, 2017
by Kevin Colburn
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On Friday American Whitewater filed an appeal of the State of West Virginia’s flow and access prescriptions for the spectacular New River Dries. The State’s prescriptions would only restore an average of 3 or 4 days of flows sufficient for paddling as mitigation for the over 240 days lost to hydropower operations. In addition the state would require access 1.2 miles into the 5.4-mile run, foreclosing vehicle-based access on 22% of the run. The prescriptions will last for 30 to 50 years unless our appeal is successful.

TVA Asks For Feedback on Ocoee Agreement (TN)

posted June 19, 2017
by Kevin Colburn
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TVA is seeking public input on a proposed management agreement that would provide recreational releases and management on the Ocoee River. Current agreements on flow releases and management expire at the end of 2018, and this effort aims to replace those agreements. The TVA proposes to continue the current schedule of releases on the Upper and Middle Ocoee except for a block of weekday Middle Ocoee releases in late September. The public comment period ends on July 19, 2017.

Upper Yough Access Guidelines for Friendsville, MD

posted May 1, 2017
by Charlie Walbridge
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May 6th will be the first Saturday Upper Yough release of the year, and if water levels cooperate hundreds of white water paddlers will converge on the small town of Friendsville, MD.  It's time to remind everyone that we are guests in this beautiful town. Please be courteous  when using the parking area. Don't drink alcohol in public, change clothes, or relieve yourself where others can see you. Use the change house and the porta john! Last weekend someone was wandering around the parking lot naked, prompting several calls to the Mayor. If you see  this or other disrespectful behavior, please tell the offender to stop it immediately. Stay on the gravel in the parking lot as much as you can; the perimeter can be torn up after rainstorms. Don't park in residential areas along the river. Leave a few bucks at the Sang Run put-in to pay for the porta-potty and grass cutting. Have a great run, then take time to patronize the businesses in town who are eagerly awaiting your arrival.

Ocoee Release Fix Proposed in TN Legislature

posted April 6, 2017
by Kevin Colburn
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A bill has been introduced in the Tennessee Legislature that aims to continue treasured recreational releases on the Ocoee River after current release agreements expire in March of 2019. The Ocoee River Recreation and Economic Development Fund Act would create a fund that would be used to pay the Tennessee Valley Authority for releases and to pay for other river management costs. Paddlers from TN can weigh in on the bill now, and all paddlers will have a chance to voice support or concerns with the TVA this spring or summer.

Advanced Southeast Releases Set for 2017!

posted January 4, 2017
by Kevin Colburn
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It is looking like another great year to be a paddler in the Southeast! Over the past two decades American Whitewater has worked with affiliate clubs and partners to negotiate an awesome array of scheduled releases on river reaches previously dewatered by hydropower dams. Enjoy these incredible opportunities, and be safe out there!

Northeast Boaters Seek To Expand West River (VT) Boating

posted December 6, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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In response to of the state’s draft basin plan for southern Vermont, American Whitewater and scores of boaters pressed the state to support the expansion of releases on the West River. Restrictions by the Corps of Engineers and Agency of Natural Resources have led to the elimination of nearly all scheduled boating opportunities on the West River over the past two decades, eliminating recreation opportunity and hurting the local economy. AW and its partners have been working to restore these releases.

Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater

posted June 2, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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A hardy group of northeast boaters climbed into the natural river channel below a hydropower dam to participate in a flow study designed to assess whether whitewater flows should be restored to this dewatered river reach on the Connecticut River. While significant obstacles remain, this site has the potential for providing instruction, playboating, and a big water feature that that could be run throughout much of the year and provide a much needed boost to the local economy. 



Upcoming Events

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July 2017

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Stonycreek River Release
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.1350-350 cfs

Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

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Stonycreek River Release
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.1350-350 cfs

Savage River Release
3:41 pm -3:41 pm est
http://www.nab-wc.usace.army.mil/northBranch.html

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Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

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Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

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Lehigh River Release
01:00 am -1:00 pm est
650 to 800 cfs dependent on hydrologic conditions and absence of the need for flood control operations.

Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

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Lehigh River Release
01:00 am -1:00 pm est
650 to 800 cfs dependent on hydrologic conditions and absence of the need for flood control operations.

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Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

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Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

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Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

Stonycreek River Release
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.1350-350 cfs

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Stonycreek River Release
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.1350-350 cfs

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Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

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Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

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Lehigh River Release
01:00 am -1:00 pm est
650 to 800 cfs dependent on hydrologic conditions and absence of the need for flood control operations.

Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

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Lehigh River Release
01:00 am -1:00 pm est
650 to 800 cfs dependent on hydrologic conditions and absence of the need for flood control operations.

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Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

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Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

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Lehigh River Release
01:00 am -1:00 pm est
650 to 800 cfs dependent on hydrologic conditions and absence of the need for flood control operations.

Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

Stonycreek River Release
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.1350-350 cfs

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Lehigh River Release
01:00 am -1:00 pm est
650 to 800 cfs dependent on hydrologic conditions and absence of the need for flood control operations.

Stonycreek River Release
10:00 am -2:00 pm est
Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.1350-350 cfs

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Upper Yough Release
11:00 am -2:00 pm est

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Events
Potomac, North Branch Release Luke,MD runs 08/26/06 - 05/18/14
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Stonycreek River Release Johnstown,PA runs 04/08/17 - 10/22/17, next 07/01/17
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Great Falls Race Great Falls,MD runs 07/04/15 - 07/04/15
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Stonycreek River Releases Johnstown,PA runs 06/02/12 - 10/21/12
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Gauley Releases Summersville,WV runs 09/09/05 - 10/18/15
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Upper Yough Release Friendsville,MD runs 04/15/05 - 10/13/17, next 06/26/17
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Lehigh River Release White Haven,PA runs 05/10/08 - 10/08/17, next 06/25/17
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Tohickon Creek Point Pleasant,PA runs 05/20/06 - 03/18/12
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American Whitewater Gauley Fest Summersville,WV runs 09/15/12 - 09/17/16
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Savage River Release Savage River Dam,MD runs 09/09/07 - 09/30/17, next 07/02/17
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North Branch Potomac Luke,MD runs 04/15/17 - 05/28/17
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Volunteer Opportunities / Activities

Associated Projects

  • Clean Water Act
    American Whitewater's advocacy to protect water quality.
  • Gauley River (WV)
    For many years AW has worked on the protection of this river and advocated for public access.
  • Lehigh River (PA)
    AW has worked with local paddling clubs to improve the recreational value of dam releases on the Lehigh
  • Upper Yough Access (MD)
    AW collaboratively manages the put in for the Upper Youghiogheny River in Western Maryland.
  • Upper Yough Releases (MD)
    American Whitewater worked closely with local paddlers and other stakeholders to negotiate an improved flow regime on the Upper Yough.
  • Virginia Access
    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.