Take Action to Protect Colorado's Rivers!
American Whitewater protects and restores America’s whitewater resources, and enhances opportunities to enjoy them safely.
American Whitewater and our partners in the Southwest Colorado Outstanding Waters Coalition are advocating for 26 streams with high existing water quality to be protected as Outstanding Waters. The designation would prevent any future degradation of water quality, protecting the ecological and recreational values of the streams for future generations. Right now, we are focusing on streams in the Gunnison and San Juan Basins, but the Arkansas Basin is up for review next. The success of our current proposal will lay the groundwork for protecting important streams here in the Arkansas Valley. Please sign on to the petition, asking Colorado’s Water Quality Control Commission to protect these important streams!
Sign on to protect rivers in Colorado and Utah from New Railways, Increased Train Traffic, and Oil Spills
The proposed Uinta Basin Railway project in Utah will threaten water quality and water quantity on numerous rivers and creeks in Utah and Colorado. and Colorado.. Construction of this 88-mile railroad segment in Utah will bulldoze and pave over 400 river crossings and reroute over 50 rivers while allowing for 315,000 barrels of crude oil per day to be extracted from the Uinta Basin and transported along hundreds of miles of healthy rivers, including along the Colorado River from Ruby-Horsethief to Gore Canyon, including along the Colorado River from Ruby-Horsethief to Gore Canyon. The increase in train traffic and the risk of oil spills will threaten water quality and high-quality paddling opportunities. The increase in rail traffic may also lead to the reopening of the Tennessee Pass Line and the transport of crude oil or other freight along the length of the Upper Arkansas River. The increase in rail traffic may also lead to the reopening of the Tennessee Pass Line and the transport of crude oil or other freight along the length of the Upper Arkansas River. Extraction and transport of the crude oil presents a serious risk of spills, wildfires, and worsening drought conditions in the short and long term. We need the river community to ask USDA Secretary Vilsack to reject the right-of-way before it's too late, please follow the link to submit your letter:
American Whitewater is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers in Colorado and throughout the United States, and connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to achieve the goals within its mission. The organization's mission is to protect and restore America’s whitewater rivers and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely. Join or renew your membership today to help protect the places where you play!
Economic Impact of River Recreation
River recreation holds a myriad of economic benefits for communities across Colorado. From restaurants to gear stores to campsites and hotels, river recreation and tourism generates revenue for Colorado towns through the celebration and enjoyment of rivers. American Whitewater is currently working on developing an economic framework to quantify the economic benefits of river recreation. This framework will showcase the importance of river recreation to communities and help better inform management decisions surrounding Colorado’s valuable freshwater resources.