All this means is put on the river anyways. You will have it all to yourself. After all, there is a permit system in Westwater to avoid over use and pay for the stupid jet boat that rescues people who swim. Its low water and cold, so both those are unnecessary at this time.
The whole reason private interest(typically republicans) advance their agenda and the people like us sit and take the shit dished out is well said by Rachel Maddow from MSNBC as she discusses the recent Wisconsin Teacher's union issue. Even the name says it well. Bake sales VS Billionares.
Typically people interested in the environment are horrible at organizing, are unwilling to spend money for their cause (think of the last time you didn't even pay the $3 fee at the Gore takeout), and unwilling to donate their time to force change we want, but we will sit on the internet and bitch about all that is wrong. I'm sure some of us don't fit in this category, but my calendar sure isn't booked solid with activities that advance the sport for anyone but myself.
This is getting a bit off topic, but not completely.
The best we have is AWA. Most people who paddle don't contribute. They need lifetime members who contribute as much as they painfully can yearly. They are our lobbying organization. I don't know shit about lobbying, so I give money to AWA to do that for me. They hire a company, Patton Boggs, that specializes in lobbying. PB donates significant time for free. PB is always a >$50,000 per year In-Kind donor (donation of services vs cash) to AW. One of the founders of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard is also big donor and I don't see him on the river. Its just the right thing to do. Most kayaking companies with any soul donate to AWA. Some fantastically.
Here is what AW is working on in the Rockies:
American Whitewater - WT Region
Here is their main CO initiative:
American Whitewater - Project - Colorado SWSI
Read up on what they have worked on and are working on. There are also other things they work on that aren't posted. I wish we could have a sticky beta spot on the Buzz that would allow us to post well thought out issues we would like AW to tackle, discuss their importance amongst ourselves then organize and find a way to make progress. In the mean time, the next best thing we can do is go to this link and inflict pain on yourself with a lifetime membership.