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.

Senator Stewart Greenleaf, Friend of Whitewater, Prepares to Retire

posted January 23, 2018
by Charlie Walbridge
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Senator Stewart Greenleaf, a Pennsylvania State legislator known for his practical, problem solving approach to solving the State’s problems, has announced that he will not seek re-election in 2018. Mr. Greenleaf, 78, was first elected to the Pennsylvania House in 1976 and has served in the Senate since 1978. He is a long time member of the Philadelphia Canoe Club and his work was directly responsible for fall and spring white water releases on Tohickon Creek (1977) and summer releases on the Lehigh River (1999). For a behind the scenes story of this and other work on behalf of paddlers and more information on his long career, please follow this link:

Portage Trail Secured At Millville Dam on Shenandoah

posted January 18, 2018
by Kevin Colburn
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Federal regulators recently issued a new 46-year license for the Millville Dam on the Shenandoah River that includes a formal portage route sought by American Whitewater. The dam is just upstream of the popular Staircase section of the Shenandoah. Also included in the license is continued operation of several access areas up and downstream of the dam. While our requests for a serious analysis of dam removal were denied, we hope the dam owner considers removal in the future for this outdated dam.

2018 Advanced Southeast Release Schedule Set!

posted January 7, 2018
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. Each year we are part of a process to schedule these releases in an integrated manner that aims to maximize their recreational value. Check out the outstanding line up for 2018. 

Decision Reached on Restoration of the New River Dries! (WV)

posted January 5, 2018
by Kevin Colburn
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River enthusiasts will soon have new paddling opportunities on West Virginia's New River. Federal regulators issued a new 47-year license for the dam that dewaters the spectacular 5.5-mile New River Dries in the final days of 2017. The license requires significant new recreational and environmental enhancements in a river reach that has suffered from water withdrawals for well over half a century. American Whitewater played an active and leading role in securing these outcomes.

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.

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. 


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Stonycreek River Release Sunday the 22nd 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST 350 - 1350 cfs Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.
Saturday the 21st 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST 350 - 1350 cfs Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.
Upper Yough Release Friday the 13th 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Monday the 9th 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Lehigh River Release Sunday the 8th 01:00 AM to 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 to 2:00 PM EST 350 - 1350 cfs Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.
Upper Yough Release Saturday the 7th 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Lehigh River Release 01:00 AM to 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 to 2:00 PM EST 350 - 1350 cfs Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.
Upper Yough Release Friday the 6th 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Monday the 2nd 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Savage River Release Saturday the 30th 3:41 PM to 3:41 PM EST http://www.nab-wc.usace.army.mil/northBranch.html
Upper Yough Release Friday the 29th 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Monday the 25th 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Stonycreek River Release Sunday the 24th 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST 350 - 1350 cfs Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.
Saturday the 23rd 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST 350 - 1350 cfs Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.
Upper Yough Release Friday the 22nd 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Monday the 18th 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Friday the 15th 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Monday the 11th 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Stonycreek River Release Sunday the 10th 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST 350 - 1350 cfs Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.
Saturday the 9th 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST 350 - 1350 cfs Water typically arrives at put-in around 10am, and starts to drop around 2pm.
Upper Yough Release 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Friday the 8th 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Monday the 4th 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST
Lehigh River Release Sunday the 3rd 01:00 AM to 1:00 PM EST 650 to 800 cfs dependent on hydrologic conditions and absence of the need for flood control operations.
Saturday the 2nd 01:00 AM to 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 to 1:00 PM EST
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Associated News

Savage River Release
June 28, 2007

9th Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival & Tim Gavin Downriver race
April 19, 2007

07 Gauley River Festival presented by Subaru Wrapup
September 25, 2007

Savage Release Sept 9th!
September 4, 2007

Upper Yough Race / Festival
July 16, 2007

2011 Ohiopyle (PA) Over the Falls Festival August 20
August 10, 2011

Gauley River (WV) Information for 2013
August 25, 2013

Connecticut River Flow Studies Planned for Summer
June 4, 2014

CT River Update: AW Responds to Flow Study, License Application (MA/VT/NH)
May 2, 2016

AW, FERC Call for Mongaup (NY) Boating Study
August 7, 2017


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