Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

American Whitewater

  • Cullowhee, NC
  • www.americanwhitewater.org

Mission Statement

To conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.

Main Programs

  1. Conservation
  2. Access
  3. Safety
Service Areas

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National

American Whitewater remains the only national organization working exclusively on whitewater rivers.

ruling year

1972

Principal Officer since 2004

Self-reported

Mark Singleton

Keywords

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whitewater

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EIN

23-7083760

Physical Address

629 W Main St

Sylva, NC 28779

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (Y01)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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American Whitewater's annual workplan includes over 75 actives projects on rivers across the US. Highlights include:
Cheoah River (NC): Restored flows and contributed to an analysis of in-channel vegetation removal needs.

Susquehanna River (PA): successfully negotiate a settlement agreement to mitigate the impacts on river resources while supporting new hydropower generation capacity and enhanced fish passage.

Fox River (WI): AW worked with local volunteers on the hydropower project on this river that would further divert flows. We were successful in our efforts with FERC to require the utility to provide instream flow information. 

West Rosebud Creek (MT): AW worked with the dam owner and agencies to test their ability to slightly augment summer flows to support paddling. 

Milltown Dam (MT):  AW assisted in dam removal.

Yampa River (CO): AW is working with other stakeholders; local citizens, community groups, local government and state and federal agencies to support inclusion of the Yampa River under the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.   

Sullivan Creek (WA): Upon final resolution of the legal issues surrounding the dams on Sullivan Creek, a collaborative process was initiated to negotiate dam removal and/or management. 

Feather River (CA), Rock Creek/Cresta  Ecological Resources Committee reached final agreement on a new flow schedule for the Cresta five mile Cresta reach of the North Fork Feather.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Conservation

http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Stewardship/view/(http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Stewardship/view/)   

 

Stewardship is an umbrella that covers the major project areas of AW.

Stewardship is the process for an integrated approach to AW mission work.

Stewardship includes an educational approach and tools for turning recreational users into conservation advocates.

Stewardship builds partnerships with land management agencies.

Stewardship enhances the public perception of boaters.

AW’s stewardship program is managed by a National Stewardship Director who coordinates efforts between regional coordinators, volunteers, board members, and other staff members including our regional directors in the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, and California. Our Stewardship Team is in place to lead, train and support community-based activism representing the interests of boaters and the rivers we care for.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 2

Access

see website: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Stewardship/view/(http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Stewardship/view/)
 

American Whitewater’s River Stewardship Toolkit is designed to educate and empower river users with the goal of increasing the overall positive effect that the recreation community has on the ecological integrity of river ecosystems and on the public’s right to enjoy rivers. It will serve as the primary repository for our institutional knowledge, and the primary resource for our ever growing volunteer network. We hope too that these toolks will be used by agencies, electric utilities, the press, partner organizations, and other recreationists. The Toolkit contains detailed information and advice on river access, hydropower licensing, public land management, environmental advocacy, legislation, and river safety as well as numerous case studies and links to regulatory information.

Category

Environment

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Program 3

Safety

Refer to Website: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Safety/view/(http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Safety/view/)

Safety has been a core issue for AW since 1954, and today we are leaders in accident analysis and safety education based on that research. We regularly advise legislative bodies and river managers on the best ways to educate whitewater users, which helps everyone enjoy our rivers safely. Formal risk management is part of all our programs enhancing safety and reducing liability risks for all.

Category

Recreation & Sports

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

American Whitewater remains the only national organization working exclusively on whitewater rivers.

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American Whitewater
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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American Whitewater

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mark Singleton

BIO

Singleton has over two decades of involvement in the marketing of outdoor activities and nature based tourism. From 1990 to 2003 Singleton led the marketing efforts of Nantahala Outdoor Center as Marketing Vice President. He is also a past board member of the Outdoor Industry Association. For seven years he represented the interests of outdoor recreation on the North Carolina Division of Travel and Tourism Board. Mark is also the current Chairman of the Outdoor Alliance, a coalition of six human-powered outdoor recreation groups. The six membership groups of Outdoor Alliance have a long tradition of preserving public access to America's Outdoors.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Over 50 years ago American Whitewater was established as one of our nation’s first river conservation organizations. Our founders had the following objectives in mind when they saw an opportunity to unite paddling clubs across the country for a common purpose of preserving the integrity of our nation’s whitewater rivers: 
•           Encourage the exploration, enjoyment, and preservation of American recreational waterways for human powered craft; 

•           Protect the wilderness character of waterways through conservation of water, forests, parks, wildlife, and related resources; 

•           Promote safety and proficiency in all aspects of white-water activities 

•           Promote appreciation for the recreational value of wilderness cruising and of white-water sports. 

Today our work continues and we occupy a unique role in the national river conservation movement connecting those who enjoy recreational opportunities with river conservation and stewardship goals.

On each project we work on, we seek land conservation, public river access, stream flow information, and flow releases that benefit the aquatic ecosystem as well as recreation. We have a proven track record of success with each of these goals. These enhancements create a triple bottom line: they result in healthier rivers, they provide local communities a sustainable economic base and they provide opportunities for healthy nature-based recreation."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Don Kinser

EDI, Ltd.

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