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AW in the West

The West may be known for its wide open spaces, yet boaters also recognize that many of the continent's mightiest rivers have their headwaters in this region, including the Colorado River and Salmon. Given the strict water law in these states, it's a wonder that the public is left any water to recreate on and the fish any water habitat to breed. Yet, with our focus on conservation and access, we are trying to protect the environment, rivers, and water that the public adores in this majestic landscape.

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Custer-Gallatin Plan Contains New River Protections (MT)

07/09/2020 - by Kevin Colburn

Today, Montana's Custer-Gallatin National Forest became the most recent National Forest to release their new final management plan. American Whitewater engaged with our partners in Outdoor Alliance Montana, working with local volunteer Chris Ennis, to provide detailed information to the Forest Service on the recreational values and needs. Over the several year long process we shaped a vision for the Forest that was refined and presented to the Forest Service. A central part of that vision for paddlers was a request that several streams be granted new protections through deeming them eligible for Wild and Scenic designation. The new Forest Plan contains 30 eligible streams, 18 of which are newly protected in the plan, and many of which were requested and supported by American Whitewater and our partners in Outdoor Alliance Montana.

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Colorado Parks & Wildlife to Require Hunting or Fishing License at River Access

07/08/2020 - by Kestrel Kunz

In an unexpected and strategic move by Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), a Colorado hunting or fishing license will now be required to access State Wildlife Areas and CPW-leased State Trust Lands (effective July 1, 2020). Many of these affected areas have historically been used for paddling, hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, camping, and other non-consumptive recreation uses. CPW's press release stated that "This rule is aimed at curtailing non-wildlife-related use of these properties", and while we understand the need to increase revenue to support management of these areas, we have a few concerns with this strategy. On July 1, American Whitewater, Colorado Mountain Club, and multiple other organizations submitted a joint letter to CPW Commissioners requesting that they reconsider the new Rule and find a more practicable and sustainable method for collecting fees for these areas.

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Opportunity to Participate in Upper Gunnison Watershed Management Plan (CO)

07/08/2020 - by Kestrel Kunz

The Upper Gunnison Water Conservancy District in Gunnison, Colorado is coordinating a Watershed Management Planning effort "to help protect existing water uses and watershed health in the Upper Gunnison Basin in the face of pressure from increased water demands and permanent reductions in water supply." The current phase is focusing on Tomichi, Cochetopa, Cebolla, Taylor, and the Gunnison River above Blue Mesa. With local stewardship staff in Crested Butte, American Whitewater has joined the Watershed Management Planning Team to help represent recreational river users and quantify flow preferences and recreational opportunities on the Taylor and Gunnison Rivers. American Whitewater is very excited to be involved in this stakeholder driven process and we are asking paddlers to share their input on management priorities for the Upper Gunnison Basin. If you have experience paddling Cebolla, Taylor, or the Upper Gunnison Rivers, please fill out this quick survey! 

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07/07/2020 - by Kestrel Kunz

In the ongoing saga of hydro dam developments proposed within striking distance of Grand Canyon National Park, American Whitewater is asking for help from the paddling community to stop a development that would impact the greater Grand Canyon area and its tributaries. Back in October 2019, we wrote an article outlining the proposal submitted by Phoenix-based hydroelectric company Pumped Hydro LLC to place two dams on the Little Colorado River, a tributary of the Colorado River's mighty Grand Canyon. This proposal was met with a large amount of pushback for the cultural impact on indigenous tribes, ecological impacts, and water use. To address these concerns, Pumped Hydro decided to file an alternative (yet equally problematic) proposal for a hydro development on Big Canyon, a tributary of the Little Colorado River. The Big Canyon project permit application has been accepted into the Federal Energy Regulation Commission's (FERC) registrar, initiating a public comment period on the project ending August 1 and we need members of the paddling community to step up and make their voices heard!

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We Need your Help to Protect Paddlers’ Access to New Mexico Rivers and Streams

07/07/2020 - by Kestrel Kunz

Rivers once promoted by the New Mexico State Parks Division in their publication "New Mexico Whitewater - A Guide to River Trips" are now being blocked by private landowners with barricades, cables and No Trespassing signs. This includes upper Chama and Pecos river segments. Privatizers have filed additional applications that would close several other river segments in New Mexico, and their lawyers are threatening an "immense wave" of constitutional "litigation" in the event that "any action by the Court, the Legislature, the Department, or the Commission… restrict[s] landowners' rights to prevent the public from using their streambeds underlying public waters." American Whitewater has been working with our local partners in New Mexico to ensure that this new Rule is rescinded. We need your support to win this battle. If you're in a position to contribute, doing so will help us with legal expenses for our partners and outreach.

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Little CO River Dams Receive Preliminary Permits, New Proposal Submitted (AZ)

06/21/2020 - by Kestrel Kunz

In October of 2019, we reported that Phoenix-based hydroelectric company, Pumped Hydro Storage, submitted applications to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for preliminary permits for two different hydroelectric projects in the Little Colorado River basin. At the end of May, both proposals received approval for their preliminary permits despite formal intervention from Native American tribes, American Whitewater, many of our members, and numerous environmental organizations. Thank you to those of you who provided your comments to FERC! These comments are on record and will help the continued fight against these dams. Next up, the same hydropower company has submitted another preliminary dam proposal on Big Canyon. American Whitewater is reviewing the Big Canyon application and is working on providing our supporters with guidance to submit your own comments.

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NM Senators Introduce Wild and Scenic River Legislation - Help us thank them!

05/12/2020 - by Kestrel Kunz

We are celebrating a great win today after New Mexico Senators Udall and Heinrich announced the introduction of the M.H. Dutch Salmon Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act. The Act, officially introduced on May 8, would protect over 440 miles of free-flowing rivers and streams in the Gila and San Francisco watersheds. If passed, the Gila and San Francisco Rivers and their tributaries would receive permanent protection under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act - the strongest protection a river can receive. While the Gila legislation gives flexibility to existing uses and landowners, the free-flowing nature and outstanding values of these rivers and streams would be protected now and for future generations to enjoy. The main stem Gila and San Francisco Rivers offer some of the most remote and wild paddling opportunities in New Mexico and have been explored and loved by paddlers for decades. Please help us thank the Senators for their commitment to protect these rivers by filling out this super easy form! 

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New Mexico Boaters ask NM Supreme Court to Overturn Non-Navigable Waters Rule

03/15/2020 - by Hattie Johnson

American Whitewater has been working with an outstanding coalition of conservationist and recreationist in New Mexico to challenge a 2018 Game and Fish Commission rule that allowed landowners to certify streams on their property as non-navigable and threaten criminal trespass.

With the pro-bono support of Santa Fe based lawyer, Gene Gallegos, our affiliate club, Adobe Whitewater Club, New Mexico Wildlife Federation and New Mexico Chapter Backcountry Hunters and Anglers filed a petition to the New Mexico Supreme Court to invalidate this rule. The petition in full can be found here. We are committed to supporting our colleagues in this case and will continue to update you on the progress. 

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Tonto National Forest Draft Plan Open for Public Comment (AZ)

01/21/2020 - by Kestrel Kunz

The Tonto National Forest is revising their forest-wide Management Plan for the first time since 1985. On December 13, 2019 they officially released the Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Assessment (DEIS) for a 90-day comment period ending on March 12, 2020. Forest Plans are vitally important as they are the blueprint for resource management and they provide an opportunity to secure better protections for rivers and their surrounding landscapes. As part of the plan revision process, the Forest Service is required to rely on public input to inform management direction, plan components, and new designated areas. Read on to hear about the public meetings that are happening this week!

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Defining the direction of Our Policy work in Colorado

01/07/2020 - by Ian Stafford

Colorado's rivers are national treasures, feeding rivers and communities all across the country. AW's Colorado team is proud to share our new report, Colorado Policy Pathways, that will help chart our approach to protecting and restoring these beloved rivers. At American Whitewater, we know that water policy is a key ingredient in driving smart solutions for the future of our rivers. Colorado Policy Pathways, outlines our approach to addressing the changes and challenges that Colorado's rivers face as the state's population grows and the outdoor economy booms.

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AW Submits Weber River Safety and Access Proposal (UT)

12/18/2019 - by Kevin Colburn

During the ongoing dam relicensing process for the Weber Hydroelectric Project, stakeholders reached an agreement for the provision of four annual whitewater boating releases. Stakeholders agreed that American Whitewater would propose a safe and legal plan for river access for consideration in response to specific concerns voiced by the Forest Service. Releases will begin following a Forest Service determination that the proposed access is appropriate for public use, and the issuance of the Federal dam license which is expected any day now. American Whitewater has spent the past several months conducting legal and safety analysis, and last week we submitted our proposal that documents that recreational releases and public use on the Weber River are legal, reasonably safe, and appropriate.

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AW releases Saint Vrain and Lefthand Creek Recreational Flow Study - CO

12/14/2018 - by Nathan Fey

Longmont, Colorado - As part of a comprehensive Stream Management Plan for the St Vrain Creek Watershed, American Whitewater is collecting and compiling data on recreational uses, and identifying projects and strategies to improve stream health, recreation, and environmental conditions in the region. You can help with this extensive effort. Please participate in the Recreational Flow survey.


Support Colorado River Access on Colorado Gives Day!

11/29/2018 - by Kestrel Kunz

Colorado Gives Day is on December 4 this year and is fast approaching! Go here to schedule your online donation to support American Whitewater's Colorado River Access Program. All donations made to American Whitewater on Colorado Gives Day (December 4) will be put towards our River Access Program in Colorado. American Whitewater works to improve river access and public safety throughout the state by working with landowners and managers, paddlers, law enforcement, and lawmakers to understand Colorado's river access laws and the ongoing threats to public safety. Thank you for your support!

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Voluntary River Closure Proposed On the Slate River (CO)

11/02/2018 - by Kestrel Kunz

Crested Butte CO - Alleged disruption to a Heron Rookery and concerned private landowners have led to a "Voluntary Closure" of the Slate River from the Gunsight Bridge to the Town of Crested Butte between March 15 and June 21 for the 2019 season. The Slate River between Oh Be Joyful Campground and Skyland Bridge, a 10.5 mile stretch, provides an incredibly scenic and unique flatwater paddling experience in the Gunnison Valley. The Voluntary clsoure is a product of the Slate River Floating Management Plan, created by a Working Group convened by the Town of Crested Butte and the Crested Butte Land Trust. The Working Group was created in direct response to pressure from the local community including conservationists and private landowners adjacent to the river, who are concerned that a recent increase in boating activity is disturbing a Heron Rookery that straddles the Slate River. 

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AW Comments on Colorado Nat'l Forest Wilderness Process

09/05/2018 - by Kestrel Kunz

Today, September 5, marked the close of the public review process for the DRAFT Wilderness Evaluation Report. The Evaluation Phase is the second step of 4 different steps required in the assessment of lands that may be suitable for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System (NWPS). American Whitewater thoroughly reviewed the DRAFT Wilderness Evaluation Report and submitted our comments to the Forest Service on September 4, 2018. Overall, we found that key paddling reaches throughout the GMUG area were greatly under-represented in the Polygon narratives and thus weren't acknowledged as contributing factors to the Polygon's respective Wilderness Ratings. We let the Forest Service know this, highlighting specific paddling reaches that should be added to each Polygon and which Polygons we believe should have a higher Wilderness Rating based on the high-quality recreation opportunities that each area has to offer. 

Please stay tuned as we continue to report on the GMUG Land Management Revision Process and in the meantime you can learn more about the GMUG here. (Photo of Josh King by Nick Spitzer)

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2018 Colorado Whitewater Events

04/02/2018 - by Kestrel Kunz

It's that time of year folks! Colorado Event Season is soon upon us. Whether you've been training all winter in preparation or whether you just enjoy a good show and boating with your friends, these classic Colorado river events are not to miss! 

In addition to the many whitewater festivals that American Whitewater partners with in Colorado, we are excited to announce that AW is hosting Gore Fest again this year! We hope to see you at Rancho Del Rio on August 24 - 26. Stay tuned for more details on race registration, entertainment, and volunteer opportunities.

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TAKE ACTION: Comment on the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Management Plan

11/01/2017 - by Kestrel Kunz

ARKANSAS RIVER, Colo. - The Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) is revising their Management Plan for the first time since 2001. The new Draft Plan was made publicly available in October and the AHRA is accepting public comments through November 10, 2017 (next week!). In order to design effective and productive comments, American Whitewater has thoroughly reviewed the Draft Plan, discussed the Plan with our local Affiliate Clubs, attended AHRA Public Open Houses, and reached out to key members of the local paddling community. To make it easy for you to SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS, American Whitewater staff have compiled our key concerns and comments for your review. 

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Colorado Honors the legacy of Matt Brown

10/30/2017 - by Nathan Fey

Gunnison, Colorado - Last Wednesday, Matt Brown - longtime river guide, adventurer, and pillar of the Gunnison Valley community- passed away tragically after an accident in Moab. Matt was so much to so many.  At the request of his family and friends, contributions in Matt's memory can be made to American Whitewater’s River Access work in Colorado.  Matt was a strong ally and advisor in our work to protect the public’s rights to float and fish in the State.  We miss him immensely.

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Save The Date: Wild West River Fest (WY)

07/03/2017 - by Kestrel Kunz

Cody, Wyoming - This August 19 & 20 the Wild West Paddle Club is hosting the 2017 Wild West River Fest in Cody, Wyoming. In celebration of the beautiful Shoshone River, the Fest has events for everyone - Slalom Race, Class II Sprint, Shoshone Canyon Boater Cross, and many other fun activities for the whole family! Weekend festivities are free to the public, with the exception of race registration fees for competitors. You can find a full schedule here and all competitors need to register online in advance.  

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A Successful River Cleanup on the St. Vrain (Lyons, CO)

06/07/2017 - by Kestrel Kunz

On Sunday, nearly 50 people gathered on the banks of the St. Vrain River to pick up trash from the water and the shoreline. We started the day off with Hotbox Roasters coffee and donuts, and a few words about River Stewardship – the common cause that brought us all together. We found bedframes, rusty nails, lawn chairs, car doors, plastic water bottles, candy wrappers, fast food containers, and it doesn’t stop there. Our findings are likely a combination of leftover debris from the floods, illegal waste dumping along the river, and built up trash from years of careless passers-by. Thank you to all those that came out for the river cleanup! American Whitewater depends on our affiliate clubs, members, and dedicated volunteers in order to tackle our many River Stewardship projects.  

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Bear River Releases Grace,ID runs 05/03/08 - 09/13/20
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CKS PaddleFest Buena Vista,CO runs 05/27/16 - 05/29/16
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Ogden GNARrows Down River Race 2017 Ogden,UT runs 09/23/17 - 09/23/17
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Ogden GNARrows Down River Race 2017 Ogden,UT runs 09/23/17 - 09/23/17
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Gore Canyon Festival Bond,CO runs 08/24/18 - 08/26/18
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Associated News

Regional Watershed Supply Project - Update

Releases Scheduled for the North Fork South Platte (CO)

Public Hearing added for Denver Water's Moffat Collection Project

Comments needed on Virgin River Wild & Scenic Management Plan

Colorado Legislature Tackles River Access Bill

Take Action-Protect Your Right to Float in Colorado!

Hearing canceled for Moffat Collection Project

Hanging Lake Exit Closed to Vehicles This Season (CO)

Comment Period Extended for Regional Watershed Supply Project (CO/WY)

Upper Colorado River - Project Update

AW Preserving Boating Opportunities on the Upper Colorado River

Gore Race 2009 - Get on It!

3rd Annual South Platte Clean-up - Colorado

Join AW at PaddleFest '09

Dolores River (CO) 2019 Release Update

Dolores River Releases for 2009

AW helps develop Upper Colorado River Management Plan

Protection for Idaho Roadless Areas Weakened

Support Flow Restoration on the Dolores River - Take Action!

Army Corps extends comment period for NISP

Randy Thompson: AW Volunteer of the Month

Toxic Mine Drainage Threatens Arkansas River

Help pass Colorado's "Right to Float" legislation

River Access Dispute Resolution Task Force created in Colorado

Dolores River Flow Study (CO)

Pack It Out! Day on Upper Colorado River

2010 Gore Canyon Race

October Volunteer Of The Month - Presented By Kokatat

Help Protect the Yampa River - Colorado

AW Testifies in Colorado Senate on Right to Float

Last Call for Dolores River Flow Study Participation (CO)

Dolores River (CO) 2019 Releases Wrapping Up

Recreational Water Rights Sought for the Upper Colorado River

River Access Task Force Submits Recommendations to Colorado Governor

AW Releases Colorado River Access Video

AW launches Flow Study for Yampa River

Management Plan submitted for Upper Colorado River (CO)

Help Evaluate Flows in the Virgin River and Zion National Park - UT

LAST CALL - Yampa River Flow Survey

AW Announces New Dolores River Program Staff!

Colorado Funds Support for Flaming Gorge Pipeline Study

BLM Releases Draft RMP/EIS for Upper Colorado River- CO

AW Needs Your Input On Western River Flows!

AW Intervenes in Opposition to the Flaming Gorge Pumpback Proposal

Upper Colorado River Receives Legal Flow Protection

Shape the Future of Flows in the Colorado River - Comments due January 17th!

Colorado River Flows – Round II! Kremmling Comments due January 17th.

ACTION ALERT: Grand Canyon: Glen Canyon Dam Comments Due Jan 31!

Green River Approved for Use In Nuclear Power Plant (UT)

Action Alert - Support Fall Boating on the Upper Colorado River!

Tell the Obama Administration to take Desolation Canyon out of its Crosshairs!

FERC Denies Flaming Gorge Pumpback Request for Re-Hearing!

American Whitewater Receives Partner In Conservation Award - Washington D.C.

AW Opposes Bureau of Reclamation Proposal to Raise Shasta Dam (CA)

Bill to Roll Back Merced Wild and Scenic Boundary Reintroduced (CA)

Action Alert–Support River Access in Nevada!

Action Alert: Submit Comments on the Colorado River Supply and Demand Study

2013 Gunnison Flow Survey is live. Share your thoughts & protect rivers!

Flow Updates: Taylor, Black Canyon, Gunnison Gorge

Action Alert: Take the Gunnison River Flow Survey, win KEEN shoes

Volunteer of the Month - Presented by Kokatat

NEEDED: Paddler Feedback on Uncompahgre, Cimarron, North Fork Gunnison (CO)

Virgin River Comprehensive Management Plan Approved

Help Secure Boat Passage on the Green River, Utah!

AW launches Important Flow Studies on Arizona streams.

AW Needs your input on Flows in Ruby-Horsethief, Westwater, and Cataract Canyons

Flow Study on the San Rafael (UT)

AW Intervenes in Colorado River Water Rights Case

Plans for Green River Diversion Project Released (UT)

Landmark Agreement reached on Colorado River

Senators Urge President to Designate Browns Canyon National Monument

Breaking Ground on the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park - CO

Low River Flows are a top concern of Western Voters

President Obama Designates Browns Canyon National Monument - Colorado

Warm Springs Film Premiere Set to Drop in Moab

10th Annual South Platte Clean-up - This Saturday!

Final Decision released for Green River Diversion Project

Colorado Mine Accident closes Animas River

Dolores River Flows awarded permanant Protection!

New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham Vetoes Gila Diversion Funding

Town of Eagle, Colorado launches ambitious River Corridor Plan

Rehabilitation Project of Green River Dam Nears Completion

Tell the NRCS Thank You for the successful Green River Diversion Project.

Blue River Watershed Group: Recipient of 2016 Clif Bar Flowing Rivers Grant!

Safe Boating Passage Through Tusher Dam (UT) Is Threatened By New Conflict

One more day to submit input on Colorado's Brown Canyon National Monument!

AW to rehabiliate low-head dam on Dolores River - Colorado

New Report on Impact to San Miguel River From Proposed Reservoirs

Update on New Whitewater Park in Eagle, CO

Releases to Lower Dolores River certain in 2017.

Colorado's Whitewater Events Schedule Released!

Green River Boat Passage Officially Open! - UT

SAVE THE DATE! Join AW for a river cleanup on the St. Vrain, June 4 - Lyons, CO

A Successful River Cleanup on the St. Vrain (Lyons, CO)

TAKE ACTION: Upper Roaring Fork River Management Plan (CO)

TAKE ACTION: Comment on the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Management Plan

Colorado State Policy March Update

Utah to develop Management and Mineral Leasing plans for Green & Colorado Rivers

Dolores River 2018 Outlook - March Update

Court to decide on Public Access to Water Flowing through Private Property

2018 Colorado Whitewater Events

In NM, Mother’s Day Weekend Means Whitewater Races!

Court Approves Permanent Flow Protection for Dolores River

Bill Introduced to designate new Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers (UT)

Land Exchange on Colorado's Blue River open to Public Comment

Speak Up NOW to Protect New Mexico’s Gila and San Francisco Rivers!

Saint Vrain Stream Management Planning is Underway (CO)

Support Colorado River Access on Colorado Gives Day!

AW releases Saint Vrain and Lefthand Creek Recreational Flow Study - CO

Final Slate River Floating Management Plan Released (CO)

New Mexico Game Commission Halts Landowner Certification of Non-Navigable Waters

Gore Canyon Festival (CO) is coming up August 23rd-25th

Upper Colorado River User Survey

Funding Colorado’s Water Plan - What is Proposition DD?

Protect Access to Rivers in New Mexico!

Eagle River and Gore Creek Flow Survey

Colorado Voters Pass Proposition DD to fund the Water Plan!

Defining the direction of Our Policy work in Colorado

Colorado State Policy February Update

New Mexico Stream Access Update

Gila National Forest Releases New Draft Plan, First in 34 Years (NM)

Tonto National Forest Draft Plan Open for Public Comment (AZ)

Help Stop New Development in the Dolores River Canyon (CO)

Upper Colorado Management Plan to be Finalized by June

New Mexico Boaters ask NM Supreme Court to Overturn Non-Navigable Waters Rule

Lower Dolores River Draft Implementation Plan Released - Colorado

New Mexico Game Commission to fix “Non-navigable Water” Rule

Advocate From Home With These Resources

Colorado State Policy April Update

Colorado State Policy May Update

NM Senators Introduce Wild and Scenic River Legislation - Help us thank them!

Colorado Parks & Wildlife to Require Hunting or Fishing License at River Access


We Need your Help to Protect Paddlers’ Access to New Mexico Rivers and Streams

Mine at the Numbers (CO) Put-In Withdrawn

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Associated Projects

Bear River Restoration (ID)

Hydropower relicensing on the Bear River offered an opportunity to restore aquatic resources and recreational opportunities on this river.

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Boundary Creek (ID)

AW lead the charge to stop a dam and diversion project from being built on Northern Idaho's stunning and remote Boundary Creek.

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Clean Water Act

American Whitewater's advocacy to protect water quality.

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Colorado River Access (CO)

The decades old debate over public use of waterways in Colorado continues, and AW is working to protect the rights of all paddlers to enjoy Colorado's Rivers.

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Colorado SWSI (CO)

Colorado's Statewide Water Supply Initiative may very well determine the fate of Colorado's whitewater rivers by dictating how much water can be removed from rivers to serve a growing population.

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Conservation System

The National Landscape Conservation System represents the crown jewels of BLM lands and rivers.

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Dolores River (CO)

American Whitewater is working to conserve and restore a dynamic, healthy Dolores River by leveraging recreational water needs to enhance and support in-stream flows.

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Grand Canyon

American Whitewater has long worked on the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. From fighting dam proposal decades ago, to advocating for equitable access in the recent development of a new management

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Green River (WY/UT/CO)

A private firm in Colorado has identified the Green River in Wyoming as a potential source of new water supplies for Colorado's growing East Slope. The proposal to divert more than 250,000 acre-feet o

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Lower Salmon River (ID)

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Milltown Dam Removal (MT)

AW participated in this landmark dam removal process throughout the FERC process.

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Milner Whitewater (ID)

AW supports the efforts of local paddlers who have advocated for whitewater recreation on the Milner Mile.

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Montana Headwaters

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New Mexico Stream Access

Issues on the privatizing of public streams in New Mexico

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Say Thanks for Designating Browns Canyon

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Snake Headwaters (WY)

American Whitewater joined a coalition of partners to designate the Snake Headwaters as Wild and Scenic.

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Swan River, Bigfork Hydro (MT)

AW negotiated scheduled recreational releases, flow information, public access, and land protection as part of a new hydro license on the Swan River in Montana.

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Upper Colorado River (CO)

American Whitewater is working with various stakeholders to develop a resource management plan for the BLM, as an alternative to "Wild and Scenic River" management.

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Virgin River (UT)

AW advocates for paddling opportunities and stewardship of the Virgin River.

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West Rosebud (MT)

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Windy Gap Firming Project (CO)

American Whitewater is working to protect outstanding paddling opportunities in Colorado, and a healthy Colorado River system from future water development.

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Yampa River (CO)

AW is working to preserve the free-flowing character of the Yampa River, while multiple interests set their sights on the Yampa as a new source for clean, high quality water supplies for Oil and Gas d

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Yellowstone and Grand Teton

AW has advocated for opportunities to experience the incredible rivers of Yellowstone National and Grand Teton National Parks through paddling.

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