Before You Edit a River Page (Responsibilities and Protocols)

The number one goal of the National Whitewater Inventory (NWI) is to help people select river trips that match their skills and goals, and to know what to expect on a given reach, and therefore reduce avoidable accidents. Of course the NWI also helps paddlers maximize their fun, and encourages exploration and discovery. The NWI also serves as an important river management and advocacy tool, helping paddlers to visit places sustainably and responsibly, and when needed to defend rivers from threats. This is a big responsibility for editors given the diverse audiences served by the NWI that extends beyond the paddling community to the general public. Please consider the following best practices for editing or contributing to the NWI.

  • Only contribute information for which you have a high level of confidence in its accuracy. First hand information is ideal. No information is typically better than bad information.
  • Seek whenever possible to responsibly add to and build upon others’ work rather than replacing it. Do not delete the work of others without providing an objectively superior replacement. Check with American Whitewater staff or Stream Team volunteers if you have a question.
  • Do not depict or encourage illegal, unsustainable, lewd, off-topic, or objectively unsafe behavior. Report or remedy content that you feel is inconsistent with the policy.
  • Remember that agency staff, elected representatives, lawyers, hydropower companies, landowners, river managers, Native American tribes, the press, search and rescue professionals, and all kinds of folks use the NWI. Contribute accordingly.
  • Avoid using custom HTML and unique formatting. Our site is designed to work across many platforms and devices and custom formatting inhibits this functionality.
  • Have fun, and create something awesome.

Failure to comply with these best practices can result in the loss of edit permissions.

How to Edit a River Page

First, you must be a logged-in, registered user of the American Whitewater site to edit streams. Click on the small box with a right-pointing arrow in the upper right of the screen to log in or register.

Next, on any stream page click on the three-dot icon in the bottom left corner of the banner photo. Select “Edit this River.” You will now see edit links below sections of the river page which enable editing of those sections. You may now:

  • Use the icons on the banner photo to upload, drag and drop, or pan and zoom to update the banner photo.
  • Click “edit” below the Beta Box to edit it
  • Click “edit” below the River Description to edit it
  • Click the “+ Add Rapid” to add a rapid. To add a rapid location from the pop-up window, check the box next to “Specify lat/lon,” click map it, and drag and drop the red pin to the rapid location.
  • Click on the Access tab, then click “Edit Access” under the lat/lon and follow the directions above to drag and drop the pins to the location of put-in and take-out respectively. The put-in and take-out coordinates are used for mapping. Note that these need to be located on the river itself and not at the trailhead or parking area away from the river. This is important for future enhanced mapping features we are hoping to provide that integrate our data with the USGS hydrography data. You may find it helpful to confirm the location with a GPS, GPS software on your phone, Google Earth, or other similar mapping services.
  • Click on Gallery tab and follow directions to add photos
  • Click on the News tab and follow directions to submit an alert.

How to Edit Flow Information on a River Page

Click on the three-dot icon in the lower left corner of the banner photo and select “Edit Flows” to add or edit gages and flow preferences. For a new gage, click “Add Gage,” start typing the name of the gage, and select the appropriate gage from the dropdown menu, then click “Add Correlation Gage.” Click on “New Range” to add the upper and lower bounds of the acceptable flow range which is the lowest and highest flow that use typically occurs. Some individuals may bump down a river at lower than acceptable flows and other may enjoy high challenge trips when a river is in flood that are higher than acceptable flows so this range should not reflect the lowest or highest flow the river has been boated but rather represents the range at which most would find an acceptable boating experience. You may also click on “Edit Gauge” or “Delete Gauge” to modify flow information.

How to Create a New River Page

First, you must be a logged-in, registered user of the American Whitewater site to edit streams. Click on the small box with a right-pointing arrow in the upper right of the screen to log in or register.

Scroll all the way to the bottom of any page on the American Whitewater website. Under “Administrator”, click on “StreamTeam”. This will bring up a list of states and provinces. For each state, there are several action buttons. Find the correct state, then click on “Create Reach” for that state. You can only add basic information at first. After adding this basic information click on “Update Reach”. You should then be able to add further information as described above.

If you do not see these options or are having trouble, we have created a New River Reach form with the essential information to set up a page and American Whitewater staff can take care of it. Just send us an email at to let us know you have submitted a new reach for consideration.

How to Change a River Name

Go to the stream page where the name needs to be changed. Click on the three-dot icon in the bottom left corner of the banner photo. Select “Edit this River.” A text button “edit name” will then appear directly above the three-dot icon. The text is black and can be difficult to see if the banner photo is dark in that area. Move your pointer into the area till it responds to the clickable button. Click on the button and a pop up window appears that provides options to alter the River Name, Reach, Alternate Name, and text abstract/intro.

If you have questions, Click here to go to the StreamTeam Forum at Google Groups

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