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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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Help Protect Colorado’s Western Slope Rivers this Valentine’s Day

02/09/2021 - by Kestrel Kunz

American Whitewater is asking the paddling community to step up this Valentine’s Day to help protect rivers like the Taylor, Oh-Be-Joyful, and San Miguel rivers in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) in Colorado. This Valentine’s Day and for the whole month of February we are collecting LOVE LETTERS from you to your favorite river in the Gunnison and Uncompahgre National Forests. We want to hear directly from you about why you love these rivers and why they are worth protecting. We have made this easy-to-use form to submit your letter to us! 

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Railway in Arkansas and Eagle River Corridors to Receive More Scrutiny (CO)

02/05/2021 - by Kestrel Kunz

Last week, we urged you to send your comments to the federal Surface Transportation Board asking them to deny Colorado, Midland & Pacific Railway's (CMPR) request to be exempted from important regulatory proceedings regarding their proposed lease and operation of the Tennessee Pass rail line. The rail line traverses the Arkansas and Eagle Rivers in Colorado and has been inactive for almost 25 years. Today, rather than approving their exemption, the Surface Transporation Board (STB) has postponed a decision on the exemption, in part due to the comments submitted by American Whitewater and our members. On January 22, American Whitewater formally petitioned the STB to stay (or postpone) the effective date of the exemption in order to conduct a more thorough review of CMPR's proposed lease and operations on the Tennessee Pass Line and we additionally requested a complete and thorough environmental review of the project. While our full request has not been approved by the STB, their move to postpone their decision on the exemption until further review of all comments and objections is worth celebrating! 

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Grand Canyon 2022 Main Lottery Update (AZ)

02/05/2021 - by Kestrel Kunz

In December, we shared an update on how the Grand Canyon has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Grand Canyon closed on March 24, 2019 and all permitted river trips were canceled through June 14, 2019. Up to 1600 self-guided trip participants had their trips canceled by the NPS and were given the option to reschedule for the same launch date in 2022. To make up for the lost trip opportunities due to the pandemic, American Whitewater's affiliate club, the Grand Canyon Private Boaters Association (GCPBA), advocated for additional self-guided permits in the 2021, 2022, and 2023 season. At GCPBA's request, the National Park Service approved the addition of small (8-person or fewer) trips every other day in March and October for 2021, 2022, and 2023. The additional March 2021 dates were made available in a follow-up lottery that rain on October 27, 2020. Fast forward to February 2021 and it is again that time of year. The annual Grand Canyon main lottery began on February 2 and will run through February 26. In regular Grand Canyon permitting fashion, the current permit application is for launch dates in the 2022 calendar year. However due to the COVID-19 impacts explained above, the 2022 launch dates have some modifications. Read on to learn more! 

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Salt River Season Suspended (AZ)

02/05/2021 - by Kestrel Kunz

The Salt River lottery for the 2021 river season has been suspended due to COVID-19 mitigation measures put in place by the White Mountain Apache Tribe. The Tonto National Forest has a close relationship with the WMAT and the Forest Service is supporting their decision to close their recreation areas to the public. Similar to other Tribes, the WMAT has been hard hit by COVID-19 at a disproportionate rate compared to other populations in the U.S. American Whitewater sends our condolences to those who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and we ask that paddlers respect the current river suspension. If White Mountain Apache Tribal Lands reopen to the public then an announcement will be made initiating a first come first serve permit process for the Salt River Canyon. This will be announced on Recreation.gov, through the Salt River listserv, and on American Whitewater’s website.  

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East Fork Virgin River Proposed Dam Halted for More Analysis (UT)

02/01/2021 - by Kevin Colburn

American Whitewater learned of a dam and diversion proposed in the East Fork of the Virgin River watershed late last year and was among several organizations that filed comments questioning the analysis behind the proposal. It was announced last week that approval of the dam approval would be delayed so a more robust analysis can be conducted. This is good news for the Wild and Scenic East Fork of the Virgin River as it flows through Zion National Park downstream of the proposed dam.  

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Urgent: Help Protect Browns Canyon and the Arkansas and Eagle River Valleys

01/21/2021 - by Hattie Johnson

It’s hard to imagine what it would be like if up to 10 trains full of heavy crude oil and hazardous chemicals were rumbling by while paddling the Arkansas or Eagle Rivers. It would, without question, change the experience in negative ways, including opening up the opportunity for the major disturbances associated with any kind of derailment and spill of hazardous materials into the river.  We need your help today to protect these incredible places. This past New Year’s Eve, Colorado Midland and Pacific Railway filed a notice of exemption for lease and operations of the Tennessee Pass line that runs through the Eagle and Arkansas Valleys to Parkdale. You have two options to make your voice heard. We have created a sign on letter to be submitted along with American Whitewater’s’s technical comments. However, if you’ve got the time to go the extra mile, we’ve included detailed directions below to submit your own filing directly to the Surface Transportation Board. Please follow these directions carefully and copy hattie@americanwhitewater.org if you decide to file your own comments. Comments are due by January 22 - please take action today! 

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Weber River to Flow as Early as 2021 (UT)

12/08/2020 - by Kevin Colburn

The Federal government now has all the information it needs to issue a new 30 to 50 year license for the Weber River Hydroelectric Project. If they issue the license soon, recreational releases could begin in the early summer of 2021. Delays could push back releases to 2022, but either way, releases appear to be on the way. American Whitewater has spent several years negotiating modest flow restoration for this dewatered Class III-IV reach of the Weber River.

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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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HELP US STOP HYDRO DEVELOPMENT ON BIG CANYON (AZ)

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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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. 


Associated News

Regional Watershed Supply Project - Update
5/15/2009

Releases Scheduled for the North Fork South Platte (CO)
7/30/2010

Public Hearing added for Denver Water's Moffat Collection Project
11/24/2009

Comments needed on Virgin River Wild & Scenic Management Plan
10/10/2010

Colorado Legislature Tackles River Access Bill
2/10/2010

Take Action-Protect Your Right to Float in Colorado!
2/11/2010

Hearing canceled for Moffat Collection Project
12/8/2009

Hanging Lake Exit Closed to Vehicles This Season (CO)
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Comment Period Extended for Regional Watershed Supply Project (CO/WY)
8/27/2009

Upper Colorado River - Project Update
8/27/2009

AW Preserving Boating Opportunities on the Upper Colorado River
8/25/2009

Gore Race 2009 - Get on It!
8/12/2009

3rd Annual South Platte Clean-up - Colorado
4/23/2009

Join AW at PaddleFest '09
5/1/2009

Dolores River (CO) 2019 Release Update
5/31/2019

Dolores River Releases for 2009
3/16/2009

AW helps develop Upper Colorado River Management Plan
8/20/2008

Protection for Idaho Roadless Areas Weakened
10/17/2008

Support Flow Restoration on the Dolores River - Take Action!
9/30/2010

Army Corps extends comment period for NISP
7/31/2008

Randy Thompson: AW Volunteer of the Month
5/1/2008

Toxic Mine Drainage Threatens Arkansas River
2/19/2008

Help pass Colorado's "Right to Float" legislation
3/17/2010

River Access Dispute Resolution Task Force created in Colorado
7/28/2010

Dolores River Flow Study (CO)
7/28/2010

Pack It Out! Day on Upper Colorado River
8/3/2010

2010 Gore Canyon Race
8/17/2010

October Volunteer Of The Month - Presented By Kokatat
9/28/2010

Help Protect the Yampa River - Colorado
9/30/2010

AW Testifies in Colorado Senate on Right to Float
3/16/2010

Last Call for Dolores River Flow Study Participation (CO)
8/31/2010

Dolores River (CO) 2019 Releases Wrapping Up
6/24/2019

Recreational Water Rights Sought for the Upper Colorado River
1/31/2011

River Access Task Force Submits Recommendations to Colorado Governor
2/2/2011

AW Releases Colorado River Access Video
9/21/2010

AW launches Flow Study for Yampa River
3/3/2011

Management Plan submitted for Upper Colorado River (CO)
3/8/2011

Help Evaluate Flows in the Virgin River and Zion National Park - UT
4/1/2011

LAST CALL - Yampa River Flow Survey
4/1/2011

AW Announces New Dolores River Program Staff!
4/8/2011

Colorado Funds Support for Flaming Gorge Pipeline Study
9/14/2011

BLM Releases Draft RMP/EIS for Upper Colorado River- CO
10/11/2011

AW Needs Your Input On Western River Flows!
10/25/2011

AW Intervenes in Opposition to the Flaming Gorge Pumpback Proposal
12/16/2011

Upper Colorado River Receives Legal Flow Protection
12/6/2011

Shape the Future of Flows in the Colorado River - Comments due January 17th!
1/5/2012

Colorado River Flows – Round II! Kremmling Comments due January 17th.
1/13/2012

ACTION ALERT: Grand Canyon: Glen Canyon Dam Comments Due Jan 31!
1/27/2012

Green River Approved for Use In Nuclear Power Plant (UT)
1/27/2012

Action Alert - Support Fall Boating on the Upper Colorado River!
2/28/2012

Tell the Obama Administration to take Desolation Canyon out of its Crosshairs!
4/4/2012

FERC Denies Flaming Gorge Pumpback Request for Re-Hearing!
5/17/2012

American Whitewater Receives Partner In Conservation Award - Washington D.C.
10/18/2012

AW Opposes Bureau of Reclamation Proposal to Raise Shasta Dam (CA)
1/25/2013

Bill to Roll Back Merced Wild and Scenic Boundary Reintroduced (CA)
3/15/2013

Action Alert–Support River Access in Nevada!
3/25/2013

Action Alert: Submit Comments on the Colorado River Supply and Demand Study
3/5/2013

2013 Gunnison Flow Survey is live. Share your thoughts & protect rivers!
4/30/2013

Flow Updates: Taylor, Black Canyon, Gunnison Gorge
6/19/2013

Action Alert: Take the Gunnison River Flow Survey, win KEEN shoes
6/21/2013

Volunteer of the Month - Presented by Kokatat
8/6/2013

NEEDED: Paddler Feedback on Uncompahgre, Cimarron, North Fork Gunnison (CO)
8/15/2013

Virgin River Comprehensive Management Plan Approved
2/27/2014

Help Secure Boat Passage on the Green River, Utah!
3/19/2014

AW launches Important Flow Studies on Arizona streams.
4/7/2014

AW Needs your input on Flows in Ruby-Horsethief, Westwater, and Cataract Canyons
4/8/2014

Flow Study on the San Rafael (UT)
5/31/2014

AW Intervenes in Colorado River Water Rights Case
6/13/2014

Plans for Green River Diversion Project Released (UT)
6/29/2014

Landmark Agreement reached on Colorado River
8/1/2014

Senators Urge President to Designate Browns Canyon National Monument
11/25/2014

Breaking Ground on the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park - CO
11/22/2014

Low River Flows are a top concern of Western Voters
2/11/2015

President Obama Designates Browns Canyon National Monument - Colorado
2/18/2015

Warm Springs Film Premiere Set to Drop in Moab
10/27/2014

10th Annual South Platte Clean-up - This Saturday!
4/21/2015

Final Decision released for Green River Diversion Project
5/2/2015

Colorado Mine Accident closes Animas River
8/6/2015

Dolores River Flows awarded permanant Protection!
9/17/2015

New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham Vetoes Gila Diversion Funding
4/10/2019

Town of Eagle, Colorado launches ambitious River Corridor Plan
3/2/2016

Rehabilitation Project of Green River Dam Nears Completion
5/2/2016

Tell the NRCS Thank You for the successful Green River Diversion Project.
5/3/2016

Blue River Watershed Group: Recipient of 2016 Clif Bar Flowing Rivers Grant!
8/15/2016

Safe Boating Passage Through Tusher Dam (UT) Is Threatened By New Conflict
12/15/2016

One more day to submit input on Colorado's Brown Canyon National Monument!
1/17/2017

AW to rehabiliate low-head dam on Dolores River - Colorado
2/6/2017

New Report on Impact to San Miguel River From Proposed Reservoirs
1/9/2017

Update on New Whitewater Park in Eagle, CO
2/17/2017

Releases to Lower Dolores River certain in 2017.
2/17/2017

Colorado's Whitewater Events Schedule Released!
3/24/2017

Green River Boat Passage Officially Open! - UT
4/6/2017

SAVE THE DATE! Join AW for a river cleanup on the St. Vrain, June 4 - Lyons, CO
5/4/2017

A Successful River Cleanup on the St. Vrain (Lyons, CO)
6/7/2017

TAKE ACTION: Upper Roaring Fork River Management Plan (CO)
10/31/2017

TAKE ACTION: Comment on the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Management Plan
11/1/2017

Colorado State Policy March Update
3/5/2020

Utah to develop Management and Mineral Leasing plans for Green & Colorado Rivers
3/30/2018

Dolores River 2018 Outlook - March Update
3/20/2018

Court to decide on Public Access to Water Flowing through Private Property
3/20/2018

2018 Colorado Whitewater Events
4/2/2018

In NM, Mother’s Day Weekend Means Whitewater Races!
4/4/2018

Court Approves Permanent Flow Protection for Dolores River
4/10/2018

Bill Introduced to designate new Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers (UT)
5/9/2018

Land Exchange on Colorado's Blue River open to Public Comment
5/18/2018

Speak Up NOW to Protect New Mexico’s Gila and San Francisco Rivers!
8/13/2018

Saint Vrain Stream Management Planning is Underway (CO)
9/5/2018

Support Colorado River Access on Colorado Gives Day!
11/29/2018

AW releases Saint Vrain and Lefthand Creek Recreational Flow Study - CO
12/14/2018

Final Slate River Floating Management Plan Released (CO)
5/16/2019

New Mexico Game Commission Halts Landowner Certification of Non-Navigable Waters
8/6/2019

Gore Canyon Festival (CO) is coming up August 23rd-25th
8/7/2019

Upper Colorado River User Survey
10/9/2019

Funding Colorado’s Water Plan - What is Proposition DD?
10/15/2019

Protect Access to Rivers in New Mexico!
10/23/2019

Eagle River and Gore Creek Flow Survey
11/5/2019

Colorado Voters Pass Proposition DD to fund the Water Plan!
11/7/2019

Defining the direction of Our Policy work in Colorado
1/7/2020

Colorado State Policy February Update
2/10/2020

New Mexico Stream Access Update
1/15/2020

Gila National Forest Releases New Draft Plan, First in 34 Years (NM)
1/21/2020

Tonto National Forest Draft Plan Open for Public Comment (AZ)
1/21/2020

Help Stop New Development in the Dolores River Canyon (CO)
2/12/2020

Upper Colorado Management Plan to be Finalized by June
3/9/2020

New Mexico Boaters ask NM Supreme Court to Overturn Non-Navigable Waters Rule
3/15/2020

Lower Dolores River Draft Implementation Plan Released - Colorado
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New Mexico Game Commission to fix “Non-navigable Water” Rule
11/24/2019

Advocate From Home With These Resources
4/24/2020

Colorado State Policy April Update
4/1/2020

Colorado State Policy May Update
5/4/2020

NM Senators Introduce Wild and Scenic River Legislation - Help us thank them!
5/12/2020

Colorado Parks & Wildlife to Require Hunting or Fishing License at River Access
7/8/2020

HELP US STOP HYDRO DEVELOPMENT ON BIG CANYON (AZ)
7/7/2020

We Need your Help to Protect Paddlers’ Access to New Mexico Rivers and Streams
7/7/2020

Mine at the Numbers (CO) Put-In Withdrawn
9/29/2020

Salt River Season Suspended (AZ)
2/5/2021

Grand Canyon 2022 Main Lottery Update (AZ)
2/5/2021

Railway in Arkansas and Eagle River Corridors to Receive More Scrutiny (CO)
2/5/2021

Colorado Voters Approve Measures For Rivers
12/7/2020

Prop DD Funds Beginning To Emerge
2/8/2021

Help Protect Colorado’s Western Slope Rivers this Valentine’s Day
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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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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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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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Green River (WY/UT/CO)

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Lower Salmon River (ID)

The Lower Salmon River offers a wonderful multi-day river trip managed by the BLM, yet us under-protected compared to most other multi-day destinations. AW has worked with the BLM on recreational man

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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

The Montana Headwaters Campaign is a creative grassroots approach to conserving some of Montana's and the continents most incredible rivers. American Whitewater is one of the champions of this issue,

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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)

AW is working with Beartooth Paddlers on the relicensing of the Mystic Lake Hydroelectric Project on West Rosebud Creek

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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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Swan River Releases Bigfork,MT runs 07/04/07 - 08/30/17
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Dolores River Releases Delores,CO runs 04/01/08 - 06/30/08
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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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Dolores River Releases Dolores,CO runs 04/01/17 - 04/01/17
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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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