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......."