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Old 09-08-2009   #1
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$10,000 for AW

From an AW email...

Currently, New Belgium Brewing Company is running a contest among water advocacy groups. The top vote recipient is eligible for a $10,000 grant. Please go to their website and vote for American Whitewater and help us restore more rivers!
  1. Go to the website
  2. Enter your over 21 birthday
  3. Click on "Vote for a Cause" on the left
  4. Vote for American Whitewater!
From me...
AW does a great job of working with stakeholders to develop collaborative solutions to keep our rivers flowing. Give 'em your vote!

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Old 09-08-2009   #2
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I am sure they are all good causes, but I was surprised at how close it is between AW, Friends of the River, and American Rivers within just a few votes. I thought AW would run away with it and hope they do.

Ironic, after posting just got their September newsletter, another win:

"Last week, after a delay of over 2 years, US Forest Service officials announced a final decision on managing recreation uses on the upper Chattooga River. For the first time since July 1976, there will be legal boating on a small section of the upper Chattooga River starting in December 2009, flow levels permitting. During a press briefing to announce the decision, the acting Sumter Forest Supervisor, Monica Schwalbach, stated that the US Forest Service has determined that boating on the upper Chattooga -- even in unlimited numbers -- "would have no impact on the resource." With this statement, the Forest Service has finally conceded that whitewater boating does not have any appreciable impact on the resource--a fact that AW has repeatedly asserted over our 13 years of involvement and one that the Forest Service has at times disputed......."

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Old 09-08-2009   #3
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Wow I can't wait to see it up there.
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Old 09-08-2009   #4
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Done deal!
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Old 10-08-2009   #5
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AW with the win:

Never underestimate the power and passion of whitewater boaters! If you need any evidence that boaters can fire it up look no further than the recent New Belgium "Skinny Dip for a Cause" Campaign . Thanks to our many grassroots supporters, American Whitewater was the leading recipient of votes for a $10,000 grant to support river conservation.

It's exactly this kind of grassroots activism that enables American Whitewater to be an effective voice for river restoration. For over 50 years, American Whitewater's affiliate clubs, volunteers, and partner organizations have successfully protected, preserved, and restored rivers across the nation. Our community is often the first group to speak out on behalf of rivers, and in defense of their ecological integrity and societal value. Through our Stewardship program, American Whitewater has become recognized as a national expert on restoration of rivers impacted by dams as well as river management.

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