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

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

Resources from American WhitewaterAll resources

Videos   11/17/2017

Mill Pond Dam Removal Begins!

Videos   1/1/2000

More Than Plumbing

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

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 […]

1/19/2021

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 […]

1/14/2021

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 […]

1/14/2021

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 […]

12/10/2020

States, Tribes, and Dam Owner Announce Agreement for Klamath River Dam Removal

By: Thomas O’Keefe Governor Newsom, Oregon Governor Brown, Tribal Leaders and Klamath Dam Owner Announce Agreement to Advance Historic Salmon Restoration Plan Last month, California Governor Gavin Newsom joined with Oregon Governor Kate Brown, leaders of the Yurok and Karuk Tribes, and Berkshire Hathaway-owned PacifiCorp in announcing an agreement to provide additional resources and support […]

12/8/2020

Weber River to Flow as Early as 2021

By: Kevin Colburn The Federal government now has all the information it needs to issue a new 30 to 50 year license for the Weber River Hydroelectric Project. If they issue the license soon, recreational releases could begin in the early summer of 2021. Delays could push back releases to 2022, but either way, releases […]

11/24/2020

2021 Southeast Advanced Release Schedule Set!

By: Kevin Colburn 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 […]