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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


Federal Debt Ceiling Legislation Bad Deal for Rivers

Legislation raising the federal debt ceiling includes unrelated provisions weakening the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by limiting environmental reviews of federally permitted activities. NEPA is a critically important safeguard that ensures that federal agencies consider the environmental impacts of hydropower dams, pipelines, mining projects, public access enhancements, and other activities when issuing permits. The […]


Year Two of Releases on Utah’s Weber River Set

This year marks the second year of recreational releases on the Scrambled Eggs section of the Weber River in Utah! American Whitewater negotiated these releases over the past few years and is excited to celebrate year two, and wow what a different year it is! Massive snowpack is providing flows that far exceed the hydropower […]


Supreme Court Narrows Clean Water Act

The Supreme Court today issued a decision that significantly narrowed the scope of the Clean Water Act protection of wetlands adjacent to rivers. The Court ruled in a 5-4 decision in Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency that only wetlands that have a “continuous surface connection” to a river are subject to the Clean Water Act. The decision […]


Grand Canyon Flow Management Delayed Again (AZ)

On May 22, the federal government announced it was postponing planning efforts for the Colorado River basin in order to assess a new proposal brought forward by the lower Colorado River Basin states. This is a big turn of events since we reported on this two weeks ago and called you all to take action.While […]


Congress Votes To Repeal Clean Water Act Rule, President Forced to Veto

As you might recall, the House put forth a resolution to dissolve a new river protecting Waters of the United States Rule, or WOTUS. Well, they voted to repeal it and in an unfortunate turn of events, last week the Senate followed suit by also voting to repeal these clean water protections. It seems like […]


Landmark Settlement Agreement Signed to Restore Flows to Connecticut River (MA)

American Whitewater and its partners in the relicensing of the hydropower dam on the Connecticut River signed a landmark settlement agreement that will restore flows to a dewatered section of the river in Turners Falls, Massachusetts. This historic agreement will reverse more than a century of flow diversions that blocked fish passage, destroyed aquatic habitat, […]


Paddling Input Needed North Fork Kern (CA)

Southern California Edison is in the process of conducting studies in support of relicensing KR3, the North Fork Kern River hydropower project that includes Fairview Dam and Kern #3 Powerhouse. American Whitewater has been actively engaged in the KR3 relicensing and working to make sure that the Whitewater Boating Study accurately reflects whitewater recreation use […]


Storm Events Cancel Rec Releases SF American River below Slab Creek (CA)

Scheduled releases for the South Fork American River below Slab Creek for this weekend March 18th and 19th have been cancelled and will be rescheduled to April 15th and 16th. Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has informed American Whitewater that storm event modeling indicate impacts to their ability to physically control releases below Slab Creek […]


2023 Recreational Releases Confirmed for Slab Creek and Ice House (CA)

Recently, American Whitewater participated in the 2023 hydropower license compliance meeting with SMUD to coordinate recreational releases for the South Fork American River below Slab Creek Dam and South Fork Silver Creek below Ice House Dam. The scheduled whitewater flow dates and key information are provided below!


New York Whitewater Release Schedule

By Bob Nasdor The 2023 New York whitewater release schudule is official. From the Adirondacks to the Delaware River, the release schedule provides whitewater boating opportunities for paddlers from beginner to expert throughout the spring, summer, and fall. These releases have been brought to you by American Whitewater, affilliate clubs, and dedicated partners for more […]