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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: To conserve and restore America’s whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.

Programs: http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/Stewardship/view/    Stewardship is an umbrella that covers the major project areas of AW.Stewardship is the process for an integrated approach to AW mission work.Stewardship includes an educational approach and tools for turning recreational users into conservation advocates.Stewardship builds partnerships with land management agencies.Stewardship enhances the public perception of boaters.

AW’s stewardship program is managed by a National Stewardship Director who coordinates efforts between regional coordinators, volunteers, board members, and other staff members including our regional directors in the Pacific Northwest, Colorado, and California. Our Stewardship Team is in place to lead, train and support community-based activism representing the interests of boaters and the rivers we care for.

 

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

American Whitewater is - and has long been - the premier whitewater river conservation organization. AW's work to conserve and protect our river resources has spanned the country and included almost all of the significant conservation victories in this arena. As mentioned above, the organization's work with FERC relicensing continues to lead the way in creating and preserving recreational river flows and ensuring access for the public. AW takes the lead in projects, large and small, throughout the country and AW is the "go to" river stewardship organization. Additionally, AW's safety and outreach/educational programs and resources are invaluable to the thousands of river users who depend on AW for flow information, safety databases, and their historical archives. AW has become the collective memory for whitewater river recreation in the USA.

Gordon Dalton

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Donor

Rating: 5

AW is the most efficient advocacy organization that rivers could hope for. One example is of early AW volunteers and staff who back in the late 1970s arranged for environmental flows and river recreation to be considered as part of FERC re-licensing. Now, more than 30 years later, this has borne fruit, with many miles of rivers seeing flows that otherwise would never have happened. This sort of forward thinking is driven by passion and ruthless efficient organization, despite (or perhaps because of) having staff and dedicated volunteers spread all around the country.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a past board member, current member and corporate supporter, I KNOW that my contributions to AW are helping rivers and access to rivers in the best possible way. I have personally seen how hard the small staff works and how much they care about their work. I have never seen the organization more focused, efficient and more effective than they are now. I have absolutely no doubt that every penny contributed to AW is money well spent. If you care about rivers and your right to use them, then there is no better organization to support.

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