Posted by Jim Z 4/28/05 on NPMB I doubt any of you paddle the Bingo (a class 3-4 creek on the east side of Brandon Gap, near Rochester) but I thought I'd get this info out. I was up there doing some low-water scouting the other day. There's quite a bit of wood in the river this spring. Most of it is easily seen and avoided, but there's one dangerous log. It's immediately below a very tight class 4 drop about 1.75 miles above the takeout. It's river-wide and will be right at water level at medium flow. You will not see it from above the drop. And the log is almost 2' in diam. and well-jammed, so it won't leave without a fight. Also, this drop has another issue. It's a narrow slot, dropping about 4' and banking left between 2 large boulders. At a "too low" flow it appears that about a third of the flow is going *under* the right boulder. I've run this slot twice before with no problems (well, I did flip both times). But I don't think I'll be running it again. There's another ledge a hundred yards or so below this where my usual line has been a narrow diagonal slide starting far left. At this very low flow you can see that the "slide" is actually a very deep narrow crevice in the ledge...narrow enough to jam a kayak in if you were to drive deep enough under the surface. I think I'll be looking at a different line next time. I'm by no means an expert creek runner, but I thought I'd get this info out there so you can make your own decisions.
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The Vermont Supreme Court decided today that whitewater boaters have the right to paddle on the Green River. The Supreme Court affirmed the decision by the Environmental Division of the Superior Court that required the hydropower project on the Green River in Morrisville to provide three annual scheduled releases. This is a precedent setting decision because it establishes that whitewater boating is a designated and existing use protected under the Clean Water Act, that scheduled releases are necessary to protect that use, and that Vermont ANR failed to meet its burden to show that providing scheduled release would result in a lowering of water quality.
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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.
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.
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