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A few bills that would protect rivers in Colorado, Montana and Washington State are moving through the Senate and AW on Monday, August 4th submitted testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks supporting them. These bills include creating the Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness area, and Wild and Scenic designation for the East Rosebud Creek in Montana. In Washington numerous rivers and creeks including Ernies Canyon and a number of other classic runs will be protected under one act.

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While I'm glad AW supports these river access bills, its very disappointing that AW is working to defeat the River Paddling Protection Act, which aims to overturn the archaic regulations that make it illegal to paddle rivers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the only national parks with such bans.
 

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American Whitewater certainly is not working to defeat the River Paddling Protection Act and AW emphatically SUPPORTS overturning "the archaic regulations that make it illegal to paddle rivers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks." Unfortunately numerous policy and political issues arose with this specific act and AW consciously decided to move resources away from supporting this specific bill, however AW continues to pursue management solutions to overturning the ban outside the legislative process. This was not a decision made in secret. We posted an article detailing our concerns and reasoning for not pursuing this bill back in February. Please read this article to understand our reasoning for withdrawing support and to reiterate - we do support and our are still actively working to overturn this archaic ban!
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