Protect and restore America’s whitewater rivers and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.

Organization scope



Kevin Colburn
(866) 262-8429

Resources from American WhitewaterAll resources

Comments › Laws, court cases, and filings   7/2/2021

Felt Dam Draft License Application Comment

Videos   11/17/2017

Mill Pond Dam Removal Begins!

Videos   1/1/2000

More Than Plumbing

Comments › Laws, court cases, and filings   4/23/2021

Office of Public Participation Comment

Videos   9/2/2011

River of the Year

Videos   1/1/2012

Save the Skykomish River

Videos   7/19/2010

Trout on the Wind

Videos   8/2/2010

West Rosebud Creek Releases


News and updates from American WhitewaterAll news


American Whitewater/Asian Pacific Islander Mental Health Day on the River

By: Theresa Lorejo-Simsiman Earlier in the year, American Whitewater Southern Rockies Stewardship Director, Hattie Johnson, reached out to check on my well-being in the wake of anti-Asian hate crimes. She wanted to help the community in any way she could and offered a trip on the river as a venue for healing.  It wasn’t long […]


FERC Approves Transfer of Klamath Hydropower License (OR/CA)

By: Thomas O’Keefe Earlier today the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the license transfer for the Lower Klamath Hydroelectric Project and issued the following statement: FERC Approves License Transfer for Lower Klamath Hydro Project The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today approved the transfer of the license for the Lower Klamath Hydroelectric Project (Project) from PacifiCorp to […]


Mongaup River (NY) Settlement Agreement Expands Boating Opportunities

American Whitewater reached a Settlement Agreement on the relicensing of three hydropower dams on the Mongaup River that will double scheduled whitewater boating releases below the Rio Dam in Forestburgh, New York. The comprehensive Settlement Agreement was signed with Eagle Creek Renewable Energy, owner/operator of the Rio, Mongaup Falls, and Swinging Bridge hydroelectric projects, along with USFWS, […]


Annual Rec Flows Start this Spring Horseshoe Bend San Joaquin River (CA)

By: Theresa Lorejo-Simsiman Paddlers get your boating gear together for annual recreational flow releases on the Horseshoe Bend reach of the San Joaquin River. After nearly two decades of direct advocacy and engagement, American Whitewater is pleased to announce the fruits of our labor. In March 2021 Southern California Edison (SCE) announced they finally secured […]


Final Bear River (ID) Release Moved to September

By: Kevin Colburn The final 2021 release on the Black Canyon of the Bear River has been rescheduled to September 11 and 12, 2021. This shift was made possible because the dam owner will be conducting maintenance work this summer and fall that will increase base flows in the river, which decreases ecological concerns with […]


Moose/Beaver/Raquette (NY) 2021 Release Schedule

By: Robert Nasdor The General has coordinated with the hydropower dam operators to schedule the 2021 releases for the Moose, Beaver and Raquette. Looks to be a great year of paddling in the Adirondacks as we begin the dam relicensings this year for 21 dams on the Black, Beaver, and Moose rivers. Adirondacks River Restoration […]


Dam Repairs to Affect Flows in New River Gorge and Dries

By: Kevin Colburn The Bluestone Dam blocks the New River not far upstream of the popular New River Gorge and New River Dries, and is currently undergoing significant repairs. These repairs will keep 9 of the 16 gates out of service until 2027, allowing for total releases of around only 12,000cfs. To account for the […]


Comments Can Help Shape Summersville Lake Management

By: Kevin Colburn A new Draft Master Plan for Summersville Lake is open for public comment until February 16, 2021. The Draft Plan covers the significant public land surrounding the reservoir, including Battle Run Campground, several trails, numerous rock climbing areas, and boat ramps. Unfortunately the Plan does not cover water releases, which the Agency […]


Plan to Improve North Fork Nooksack River Finalized

By: Thomas O’Keefe For the past several years American Whitewater has worked with the National Park Service Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance Program, American Rivers, Whatcom Land Trust, the Nooksack Tribe, Washington Department of Natural Resources, and Washington Department of Transportation to address serious safety issues associated with the primary take-out for the North Fork […]


Piru Creek Pyramid and Frenchman’s Flat Flow Restoration Update

By: Theresa Simsiman American Whitewater is coordinating with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service to bring flows back to Piru Creek below Pyramid Lake. A little over a year ago American Whitewater coordinated a Whitewater Boating Controlled-Flow Boating Study on this highly valued resource. The study was performed to inform the hydropower […]