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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 Secures Improved State Permit for New River Dries, Now Up to Feds (WV)

posted August 18, 2017
by Kevin Colburn
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American Whitewater reached an important milestone this week in our efforts to restore flows and public access to the New River Dries. Earlier this summer American Whitewater appealed a State decision to provide only 3-4 paddling releases annually, and vehicular access that required a 1.2-mile hike to the put in at the dam. On Tuesday the State issued an improved decision following over a month of negotiations, and in exchange American Whitewater withdrew our appeal. The New River Dries is a big, beautiful, ancient river with vast recreational potential, and its fate is now in the hands of federal regulators at FERC.

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.

Submit Your Best Photos for the AW Calendar by August 6th

posted July 21, 2017
by Kevin Colburn
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The time is here for you to submit your favorite river photos for the 2018 AW Calendar! You have until August 6th, 2017 to upload your best photos. We look forward to reviewing all kinds of great photos this year from across the United States, and will be giving special consideration of shots of Wild and Scenic Rivers since 2018 is the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. If your photo is selected you'll get a free calendar, credit, fame, and you'll be supporting American Whitewater! Thanks from all of us at AW. 

Upper Yough Begins Access Donations by Phone July 4 Weekend!

posted June 28, 2017
by Charlie and Sandy Walbridge
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Maryland's mighty Upper Yough  had releases on July 1 and 3 on this very popular holiday weekend. It's a good time to rememberAmerican Whitewater's volunteers, especially Don Millard, who mows the grass at both Sang Run and Friendsville. Without his work we would certainly be facing mandatory fees at both sites! AW provides a portable toilet and gravel, and needs your donations to pay for this. For those who've already donated, thank you! For the rest of us, in addition to using the Sang Run cash box you can make a "cashless" donation by phone using the QR code posted at the put-in! And please remember that we are guests in the beautiful town of Friendsville. Please drive respectfully, change clothes discretely, and behave like your mother was watching you!

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.

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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September 2017

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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
10:00 am -1:00 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
10:00 am -1:00 pm est

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Upper Yough Release
10:00 am -1:00 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

Upper Yough Release
10:00 am -1:00 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

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

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

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

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Upper Yough Release
10:00 am -1:00 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

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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
10:00 am -1:00 pm est

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

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Savage River Release
3:41 pm -3:41 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 08/26/17
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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 08/21/17
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Lehigh River Release White Haven,PA runs 05/10/08 - 10/08/17, next 08/26/17
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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 09/30/17
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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.