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

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National

Contact

Kevin Colburn
(866) 262-8429
info@americanwhitewater.org

Resources from American WhitewaterAll resources

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

Elwha Dam Removal Comments

Recommended reading   11/1/2013

Experiencing the Elwha

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

Office of Public Participation Comment

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

8/26/2021

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
8/25/2021

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. […]

8/3/2021

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 […]

7/13/2021

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 […]

6/17/2021

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 […]

6/10/2021

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, […]

4/29/2021

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 […]

4/27/2021

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 […]

4/9/2021

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 […]

1/21/2021

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 […]