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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.

Cheoah Flows to Get a Bump (NC)

posted October 11, 2017
by Kevin Colburn
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Paddlers might have noticed that flow releases on the Cheoah River were getting a bit skinny over the past couple years, until the juicy release this September. At the urging of American Whitewater, the dam owner had USGS come out and recalibrate the gage this July, and the results confirmed the dam owner had been under-releasing by approximately 100-150cfs. In our annual planning meeting last week, they committed to adjusting their releases to comply with their federal license, and actually began the new release protocols in September.

Russell Fork T Shirts Available

posted September 11, 2017
by Mark Singleton
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The Russell Fork (VA & KY) is one of the classic Class V creek runs in the United States. The river is run year round and relies on a combination of natural flow and dam release from the Flanagan Reservoir on the Pound River. The Russell Fork Rendezvous will be taking place on October 27 - 29. Proceeds from the event go to support American Whitewater river stewardship. T shirts are now available for purchase now.

AW, FERC Call for Mongaup (NY) Boating Study

posted August 7, 2017
by Robert Nasdor
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American Whitewater, along with Kayak and Canoe Club of New York and Appalachian Mountain Club, have joined with FERC in calling on Eagle Creek Renewable, owner and operator of three hydropower projects on the Mongaup River in New York, to conduct a whitewater boating study on section below the Rio Dam. The Mongaup is a scenic Class II/III river within easy reach of New York City and southern New England. Both whitewater groups and FERC are seeking to determine whether releasing flows into the natural river channel below the Rio Dam would provide new recreational boating opportunity at the Rio Project. The study will determine whether the whitewater boating run can be extended upstream to the Rio Dam. In addition, AW and its partners will be seeking additional whitewater boating release days through the relicensing process.

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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October 2017

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Upper Yough Release
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Upper Yough Release
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Upper Yough Release
10:00 am -1:00 pm est

Lehigh River Release
01:00 am -1:00 pm est
This release is intended to provide a means of releasing any excess water that may have accumulated during the recreation season.

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
This release is intended to provide a means of releasing any excess water that may have accumulated during the recreation season.

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
10:00 am -1:00 pm est

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Upper Yough Release
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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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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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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
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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
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Lehigh River Release White Haven,PA runs 05/10/08 - 10/08/17
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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
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North Branch Potomac Luke,MD runs 04/15/17 - 05/28/17
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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.