AW in the NorthEast

American Whitewater has been working for river enthusiasts in the Northeast for decades, with our results being flow and access to many rivers that were for years dry and/or inaccessible. With partner organizations like the Appalachian Mountain Club, Merrimack Valley Paddlers, Kayak and Canoe Club of New York and New England F.L.O.W., AW volunteers are responsible for having created (previously dry) rivers that run on dozens of days per year.

Hoosic River (NY) Access Restored

posted December 21, 2017
by Robert Nasdor
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American Whitewater has restored boater access to the Hoosic River at Schaghticoke through negotiations with Brookfield Renewable, operator of the hydro project. Brookfield had constructed a fence and locked gate that prevented paddlers from accessing the river below the dam. Negotiations with Brookfield over the past year resulted in a resumption of scheduled releases in the spring, and in addition, new procedures for boaters to gain access when natural flows are high enough for boating. 

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.

Protecting Access to New Hampshire Rivers

posted November 3, 2016
by Robert Nasdor
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Northeast boaters can celebrate that another beloved whitewater gem has been protected. Paddlers on the Winnipeseaukee River are now assured that the put-in on the Lower Winni in Northfield, NH will be forever protected thanks to the donation of a parcel from Gloria Blais in memory of her husband Roger. Gloria donated the land to the Town of Northfield for the purpose of assuring that future generations of boaters will have access to the river. Protecting river access to the Winni is part of an ongoing effort by AW in the northeast region to protect river access.

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.

Deerfield River (MA) Flow Studies to Explore New & Improved Boating Opportunity

posted December 6, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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In response to requests by American Whitewater, several affiliates, and other stakeholders, FERC directed Brookfield Renewable to study the impact of its hydropower operations on whitewater boating on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts. Boating groups and our supporters are seeking to determine optimal whitewater boating flows from the Fife Brook Dam and whether changes in hydropower operations would enhance boating opportunities, access and navigation.

AW Responds To Connecticut River Boating Study (MA)

posted November 18, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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American Whitewater, along with other paddling groups and outfitters, filed comments with FERC responding to the Whitewater Boating Evaluation at Turners Falls on the Connecticut River. The study showed that there is strong demand for boating on this section of the Connecticut River if sufficient flows, scheduled releases, better access, and real-time information are provided. The groups filed the comments in order to provide additional information for the environmental review and to respond to the unsupported statements by FirstLight, the utility performing the study, claiming that there is little demand for boating at Turners Falls.

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. 

Deerfield River (MA) Hydro Relicensing: Building on Past Success

posted March 24, 2015
by Robert Nasdor
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Twenty years after reaching a historic settlement agreement on the Deerfield River hydropower relicensing that has transformed northeast paddling opportunities, we began another relicensing process this spring that will likely result in improvement in flows, access and facilities for boaters in the region.

AW, MVP Protect Land and Access on the Contoocook River (NH)

posted June 18, 2013
by Robert Nasdor
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American Whitewater and Merrimack Valley Paddlers have reached an agreement to purchase a 10-acre parcel fronting on Contoocook River in Henniker, NH. The land serves as an important launch point for whitewater paddlers enjoying the popular section of the river that runs from Hillsborough to Henniker. This section of the Contoocook River contains rapids ranging in difficulty from Class II to Class IV.

Moose River Video

posted January 18, 2011
by Mark Singleton
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2010 marked the 25th anniversary of protecting the Black and Moose rivers!  View an online video documentary on the Moose River and the early role that American Whitewater played in protecting this amazing river.

posted August 28, 2006
by Thomas O'Keefe

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AW, VPC Intervene in Green River (VT) Relicensing
January 6, 2014

Two Weekend Releases Cancelled Due to Low Water
August 3, 2012

AW Working to Maintain West Canada Creek (NY) Flows
August 30, 2012

AW Opposes CT Farmington River Diversion
January 17, 2013

Waiting for Rain on the Missisquoi (VT)
May 10, 2013

Henniker Town Selectmen Vote to Accept Took Land Donation from AW
July 17, 2013

AW Files Comments on CT River Study Plans
July 23, 2013

UConn Abandons Plans to Divert Water from the Farmington River (CT)
August 9, 2013

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

AW Completes Purchase, Donation of Contoocook River Access (NH)
October 3, 2013

Missisquoi River Releases a Long Time Coming
November 18, 2013

AW Testifies on Vermont Low-Impact Hydro
February 5, 2014

Adirondacks Whitewater Releases Scheduled
March 31, 2014

Deerfield River (MA) Access for 2014 Season
May 14, 2014

NWPCC Deadline Extended - Speak Up for Freely Flowing PNW Rivers!
July 1, 2014

Connecticut River Flow Studies Planned for Summer
June 4, 2014

Action Alert: Help protect the Lower Farmington River and Salmon Brook (CT)
February 12, 2015

Deerfield River (MA) Hydro Relicensing: Building on Past Success
March 24, 2015

Annual Deerfield Riverfest Planned for July 11th
May 29, 2015

Bellows Falls (VT) Flow Study Reveals Hidden Whitewater
June 2, 2015

Boaters Enjoy Annual West River (VT) Release
September 29, 2015

AW Responds To Connecticut River Boating Study (MA)
November 18, 2015

Deerfield River (MA) Flow Studies to Explore New & Improved Boating Opportunity
December 6, 2015

Northeast Boaters Seek To Expand West River (VT) Boating
December 6, 2015

Vermont Opposes Whitewater Boating on the Green River
February 10, 2016

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

AW/VPC Appeal Vermont Move to Restrict Boating on Green River
September 8, 2016

Protecting Access to New Hampshire Rivers
November 3, 2016

Hoosic River (NY) Whitewater Releases Are Back!
April 7, 2017

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

Hoosic River (NY) Access Restored
December 21, 2017


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