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Resources from American WhitewaterAll resources

Comments & Filings › Laws, court cases, and filings   12/22/1994

Elwha Dam Removal Comments

Recommended reading   11/1/2013

Experiencing the Elwha

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

Felt Dam Draft License Application Comment

Tools and guides › Tribal Resources   1/18/2022

How to Show Respect & Reciprocity On Native Land

Presentations and trainings › Videos   2/18/2022

Hydropower’s Role in a Changing Energy Market

Videos   1/1/2007

Marmot Dam Removal

Videos   11/17/2017

Mill Pond Dam Removal Begins!

Videos   1/1/2000

More Than Plumbing

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

Office of Public Participation Comment

Case Studies › Hydro guides › Tools and guides   2/1/2021

River Access Planning Guide

Videos   1/1/2012

Save the Skykomish River

Recommended reading › Tribal Resources   1/18/2022

Tribal Spotlight: Konkow Valley Band of Maidu Indians

Videos   7/19/2010

Trout on the Wind

Tools and guides › Tribal Resources   1/18/2022

Vocab Spotlight: List of Tribal Terms

Videos   8/2/2010

West Rosebud Creek Releases

Videos   9/2/2011

Year of the River


News and updates from American WhitewaterAll news


Supreme Court Reinstates Rules Limiting Clean Water Act Protections

On April 6th, the Supreme Court reversed a 9th Circuit decision that limited the ability of states to protect rivers fron the harmful effects of hydropower dams under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act. The rules adopted by the prior adminstation limited information available to the states, the time for review, and the scope […]


Eel River Dams License Expires, Opening Long Road to Dam Removal

Today marks the beginning of the end for two antiquated hydropower dams on the Eel River, one of the largest whitewater river systems in California. The federal license for Pacific Gas and Electric’s Potter Valley Project expires today, and the utility has decided that it no longer wants to own and operate the hydropower project. […]


2022 North Fork Feather (CA) Releases and Opportunities

American Whitewater is happy to confirm boating opportunities for the North Fork Feather River on the Rock Creek and Cresta Reach for 2022. These flows are a part of license operations and were included in the hydropower license order that American Whitewater helped negotiate with Pacific Gas & Electric.   Currently, the water year forecast is […]


Expect Atypical Nantahala Flows This Spring and Possibly Longer (NC)

Duke Energy has announced that they can only generate power and release water from the powerhouse at 50% of their normal capacity on the Nantahala River due to the failure of a transformer. The powerhouse is now capable of releasing 315 cfs versus the typical 630 cfs, and these conditions are likely to persist through […]


American Whitewater Wins Fight For New Hiking Trail on North Fork Feather (CA)!

American Whitewater’s commitment to enhancing opportunities to enjoy our rivers extends beyond the water, and we’re thrilled to announce that we just secured the construction of a riverside hiking trail along the Poe Run of the North Fork Feather River in California. Once constructed, river lovers will be able to hike for three miles along […]


Klamath River Dam Removal Takes Important Step Forward (OR/CA)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recently released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the proposed removal of four Klamath River dams, recommending that the dams be removed. FERC confirmed that dam removal will bring permanent and significant benefits to multiple resources, including fisheries, water quality, and recreation. This represents an important step for […]


California Rivers Through Native Eyes

Whether navigating the gnar on a big expedition or splashing around familiar rapids at the local haunt, paddlers naturally fall into a ritual of giving for the mutual benefit of the group. Every paddler will bring a different level of experience to share, some will volunteer to carry the spare paddle or first aid kit, […]


Prep-Work is Underway on Great Falls Catawba Restoration (NC/SC)

They call it the paperclip, a sinuous concrete channel doubling back on itself along a low diversion dam (depicted above in an engineer rendering). Sometime in 2022 water will begin running down the paperclip, and a more direct channel next to it, into the Great Falls of the Catawba River, and boats will soon follow. […]


2022 Advanced Southeast Release Schedule Set!

American Whitewater and our affiliate clubs have spent the past 25 years working to restore flows to incredible Southeastern rivers impacted by dams. A lot of our work has focused on Class II and III rivers like the lower Nantahala, Tuckasegee, Hiwassee, and Catawba, but we also secured releases in some classic steeper reaches previously […]


Encourage Dam Removal Study on Chattooga River (GA/SC)

Tugalo Dam was built 100 years ago. For the past hundred years it has inundated four miles of the Chattooga River and two miles of the Tallulah River beneath a reservoir along the South Carolina and Georgia border. The dam owner has recently proposed to spend roughly $25 Million to upgrade their generators to last […]