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AW in the MidWest

The Midwest is not particularly well known for its whitewater; however, there are hundreds of gems scattered around the region and every state boasts at least one whitewater prize.

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. 

AW Files Supportive Ocoee River Release Comments (TN)

posted July 19, 2017
by Kevin Colburn
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Earlier today American Whitewater filed comments on the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) proposal to largely maintain the existing whitewater release schedule for the next 15 years. American Whitewater asks TVA in our comments to ensure that no net loss in releases occur and that no new fees be imposed on private boaters. We ask that they study the economic benefit of the Ocoee River release program, as well as consider the benefits the releases are known to have on a rare plant species. Lastly, we ask them to consider improved takeout facilities on the Middle Ocoee River and expanded put-in parking hours on the Upper Ocoee.

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.

Grandfather Falls Licensing About to Get Underway (WI)

posted December 6, 2012
by Thomas O'Keefe
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has recently announced the commencement of relicensing proceedings for the Tomahawk and Grandfather Falls Hydroelectric Projects in Wisconsin. We are pleased to report that FERC has identified whitewater recreation as one of the issues requiring study and analysis and has proposed a whitewater flow study. Paddlers have the opportunity to attend next week's public meeting and file written comments.

Requirements to Provide Whitewater Recreation Upheld for Fox River (WI)

posted October 22, 2011
by Thomas O'Keefe
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In an important affirmation of the value of whitewater recreation at federally-licensed hydropower projects, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ruled that licensee's have a responsibility to provide recreational opportunities in accordance with area needs. The fact that risk may be involved in such activities as whitewater boating does not obviate a licensee’s responsibility to provide these opportunities.

Gresham Municipal Utilities Initiates Licensing Process for Red River Dams (WI)

posted August 16, 2010
by Thomas O'Keefe
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Over the past few months Gresham Municipal Utilities has been gearing up to relicense their hydroelectric projects on the Red River. As paddlers know operation of the Weed Dam impacts flows on the Red River.  American Whitewater can provide technical assistance on the project but we are seeking a local volunteer or group of volunteers willing to invest some time in this process over the next few years.

FERC pulls the plug on Cuyahoga (OH)

posted June 18, 2007
by Thomas O'Keefe
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In a letter dated June 14th, 2007, FERC officially pulled the plug on the proposed hydropower project on an old outdated dam on the Cuyahoga River.

WW Releases begin on Chippewa River, WI

posted July 8, 2004
by John Gangemi
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Xcel Energy starts releases on the Chippewa River in Wisconsin this weekend.  Four releases are scheduled for this summer.  Enjoy this whitewater opportunity.  Boat safely and be sure to sign-in.


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National Paddling Film Festival Frankfort,KY runs 02/17/17 - 02/18/17
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Russell Fork Release Elkhorn City,KY runs 10/02/04 - 10/23/16
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Thomson Dam Whitewater Release Duluth,MN runs 06/09/12 - 07/15/12
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Jim Falls Releases Jim Falls,WI runs 07/14/07 - 08/28/16
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Black River Releases Jackson County,WI runs 10/18/02 - 09/08/12
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Associated Projects

  • Black River (WI)
    The Hatfield Project on the Black River diverts flow from the river natural channel. AW advocates for restored recreational opportunities and riparian protection.
  • Clean Water Act
    American Whitewater's advocacy to protect water quality.
  • Cuyahoga Restoration (OH)
    A new hydro license proposal would dewater a nice rapid and preclude opportunities for dam removal.
  • Jim Falls (WI)
    AW has advocated for restoration of recreational opportunities on the Chippewa River impacted by the Jim Falls Hydro Project.
  • Red River (WI)
    AW works for protection and restoration of the recreational and conservation values of this river corridor.