On this day, folks from around the state and country give to Colorado-based nonprofits like ours, with potential matches provided by the CommunityFirst Foundation. Go here to make your online donation to support American Whitewater's Colorado River Access Program.
This year provided it’s fair share of curve balls, and impacts to river access were not exempt. The Colorado based team at AW fought to reopen popular reaches to paddlers like Clear Creek in Jefferson County, negotiated with landowners installing dangerous fences across rivers in the Gunnison Valley, and advocated to protect flows at the state’s newest whitewater park in Fort Collins.
While your donations are deeply appreciated, we understand times have been tough. If you are unable to give this year we have other opportunities to support our local work. We need your knowledge of flows on the whitewater segments of the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers. Your responses to these surveys for recreational boating on the Crystal and Roaring Fork will help us protect flows that support paddling on these two classic Colorado rivers.
We’ll synthesize the information from the survey with historical gage records on the Crystal and Roaring Fork to measure boatable days. This is a ground-breaking scientific tool aimed at protecting recreation as an outstandingly remarkable value of a river. With this metric, we can truly begin to protect the flows that make boating these rivers possible.
Crystal River survey can be found here.
Roaring Fork survey is here.
The strength of our voice is based on your membership and engagement. Happy Holidays from the whole Colorado based AW crew!
See you on the river,
Hattie, Kestrel, Ian and Evan