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.

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In a letter dated June 14th, 2007, FERC officially pulled the plug on the proposed hydropower project on an old outdated dam on the Cuyahoga River.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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