American Whitewater (AW)
, the nation’s leading advocate for the conservation of whitewater rivers, will be hosting public meetings for river boaters in Ridgway on May 14 and in Montrose on May 22.
These ‘regional paddlers dialogues’ are a part of AW’s efforts to define and protect recreational flow needs throughout the seven-state Colorado River Basin, which includes many stream segments throughout the Gunnison Basin like the Uncompahgre River and Gunnison Gorge. At the meeting, AW Staff will explain how paddlers can participate in defining acceptable flow ranges, and gather feedback on other river-related opportunities and issues.
"AW does great local, regional and national work. This is a chance for paddlers to have their voices become part of longer term management and policy efforts related to safeguarding in-stream flows and our recreation-dependent economies" said Bill Chipley, a Ridgway resident, paddler and real estate broker.
Kayakers, rafters, paddle boarders, duckiers and other river enthusiasts who are unable to attend are encouraged to help define recreational flow needs in the Basin by participating in the 2013 Gunnison River Flow Survey
Both meetings will begin at 6pm. Ridgway’s meeting will be held at the Sherbino Theatre (map)
and the Montrose meeting will be held at the Montrose Regional Library (map)
. Questions or comments can be directed to AW’s Gunnison Basin staff member Chris Menges at firstname.lastname@example.org