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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

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

Videos   7/19/2010

Trout on the Wind

Videos   8/2/2010

West Rosebud Creek Releases

Videos   9/2/2011

Year of the River


News and updates from American WhitewaterAll news


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 […]


Skagit River Recreation Flow Survey (WA)

Take this river recreation survey to provide input on the Skagit River project relicensing.


American Whitewater Succeeds in Protecting Rivers and Fighting Climate Change

In a big win for river restoration and investment in public lands, the House passed the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (H.R. 3684), as amended by the Senate, late last Friday, November 5. This legislation will now be sent to the President’s desk. American Whitewater staff have worked with our partners over […]


Rule That Gutted State Authority To Protect Rivers Below Dams Overturned!

Late in the evening on Thursday, October 21, a coalition of advocates, including American Whitewater won a significant victory for clean water when a federal district court vacated a Clean Water Act rule put in place by the previous administration. Today’s order from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California restores state and Tribal authority to ensure federally permitted activities, including hydroelectric dams, affecting rivers and lakes comply fully with state and tribal laws protecting clean water.


AW Launches Wildfire Info Map: See Which Rivers Are Affected by Fires

By: Scott Harding It’s become increasingly clear in recent years that wildfires are becoming more frequent, larger, and longer-lasting. Many areas of the country have been affected, particularly the West and this includes our whitewater rivers and their watershed. Until now, there has not been a way for whitewater enthusiasts to easily view active wildfires […]

Kayaker going through rapid

Recreational Release Update for the Feather and Pit River Watersheds (CA)

By: Theresa Lorejo-Simsiman   Feather River Watershed Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) has cancelled its scheduled recreational releases for August on theNF Feather River Rock Creek Run. This area is within the footprint of the Dixie Fire and is  closed to all public access through September 30, 2021 by a Plumas National Forest closure order. […]


Proposed Hydropower Dams on Little CO River Stopped (AZ)

By: Kestrel Kunz Returning Home to Good News  Last week, I returned from a 19-day Grand Canyon trip to learn that two proposed hydropower projects on the Little Colorado River had been formally abandoned. On July 26, Pumped Hydro Storage LLC officially surrendered their two preliminary permits for the Salt Trail Canyon and Little Colorado […]


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 […]