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 & 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

9/2/2022

New Mexico Supreme Court Written Decision Affirms Public’s Right to Access River

September 1st, 2022 – The New Mexico Supreme Court issued their full written decision reaffirming the longstanding right of the public to recreate on all streams of the state, including walking or wading on the streambeds. The written opinion follows the court’s action in March, when it unanimously threw out a New Mexico State Game […]

8/27/2022

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

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has just released a final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) which recommends the removal of four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. This is the final step of analysis, and a federal decision to authorize removal of the dams is expected later this year, with dam removal taking place in […]

8/12/2022

Skagit River Recreation Flow Survey (WA)

Seattle City Light is in the process of securing a new license to operate the Skagit Hydroelectric Project before the current licensee expires in 2025. As part of that process a number of studies are underway that include an assessment of the impacts of hydropower operations on recreation. To collect information from the public, Seattle […]

8/9/2022

Klamath River Devastated by Wildfire-Related Fish Kill

The Klamath River in far northern California is currently experiencing an unprecedented crisis borne of wildfire and extreme weather that has thickened the river with mud for 155 miles, causing a massive fish kill. It is one of several wildfire-related emergencies simultaneously affecting the river, its two largest tributaries-the Salmon and the Trinity-and multiple river […]

8/2/2022

AW Wildfire Info Map Keeps Boater Updated on Rivers Affected by Fires

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 watersheds. Until recently, there hasn’t been a way for whitewater enthusiasts to easily view active wildfires and rivers on a […]

8/2/2022

American Whitewater Supports Return of Klamath River Land to the Karuk Tribe

For decades, the Karuk Tribe of California has been seeking the return of spiritually significant lands along the middle Klamath River and lower Salmon River in the far northwestern corner of the state. These lands were forcibly and violently taken from the Karuk people in the early days of the California Gold Rush in the 1850s and […]

7/19/2022

Deerfield Fest August 6th: All Together Now

After a 2-year hiatus, the northeast whitewater boating community will come together on August 6th at Deerfield Fest, a celebration of nearly 40 years of whitewater boating on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts.

6/28/2022

Addressing public safety at low head dams

American Whitewater’s database of whitewater accidents and fatalities, maintained since 1972, documents that 10% of river fatalities nationwide are a result of individuals getting caught in a low head dam hydraulic. These dams are generally defined as a manmade structure, up to about 25 feet in height, built across a river or stream channel from […]

6/21/2022

American Whitewater Prevails in Case to Protect the Tuolumne River

In a case before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, American Whitewater and our allies prevailed to uphold the Clean Water Act in protection of the Tuolumne River. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act which requires that any utility applying for a hydropower license […]

6/9/2022

AW Participates in EPA Roundtable on the Importance of Clean Water

On Tuesday, June 7, Kevin Colburn, American Whitewater’s National Stewardship Director, participated in a roundtable hosted jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Cahaba Brewing Co. on the importance of clean water protections in the Southeast. He joined stakeholders from a broad spectrum of land and water users who live or work in […]