American Whitewater

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Mark Singleton, Executive Director


About American Whitewater

American Whitewater is a non-profit membership organization formed in 1954, with a strong emphasis on the conservation of wild rivers, and is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States. American Whitewater connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to restore and protect rivers.

We represent thousands of kayakers, canoeists, and rafters, and over 100 affiliate paddling clubs, and have an excellent track record of securing dam removals, flow restoration, and conservation designations. Our members know the rivers they paddle intimately, and have proven to be outstanding advocates for the special places they visit by boat. Our staff share our members’ direct connection with rivers and are part of the paddling community, resulting in authentic and well-informed participation in campaigns by members and staff alike. American Whitewater executive offices are located in Sylva, NC. Our stewardship staff is based in communities across the country that have an active outdoor recreation culture.

Collectively, we will work on several place-based campaigns and projects to enhance the overall outdoor recreation experience through conservation and actively advocate for recreational infrastructure. In the Southeast, we are serving in a leadership capacity with Forest Planning under a new planning rule, which we provided significant input on. We believe we can use this planning process to secure administrative protections for rivers and forests that are important for outdoor recreation, and quickly transition to a legislative effort to designate new Wild and Scenic Rivers, Wilderness Areas, and National Recreation Areas.



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