Welcome to the Western Whitewater Association  
    Promoting Safe Whitewater Jetboating, Family Recreation, and Access to Rivers


Next Meeting - Monday, October 13th, 7:00pm 

Canyon Creek Restaurant & Lounge
1411 Shilo Dr.
Nampa, Idaho      (208) 467-4939
I-84  Exit 36

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Death Notice

Eugene Breski, a long time member of the Western Whitewater Association passed away on Monday September 15, 2014.  Gene was a very active participant and strong supporter in all Association activities.  Arrangements are pending.

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Just a heads up on the Main Salmon……….

McCall Idaho Dept. of Lands will start doing some work on the Painter Mine adits/shaft beginning in early October.  Work includes the installation of bat cages on the adits and foaming/filling the shaft.


Update 9/20,  FEE BILL STOPPED - FOR NOW

STOP THIS BILL
HOUSE BILL WOULD ALLOW FEES FOR ALL PUBLIC LAND ACCESS

Update September 13th

There is still time to stop HR 5204, the bill introduced by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) that would allow the Forest Service and BLM to charge fees to be anywhere or do anything on the public lands under their stewardship. Bishop's bill has not (yet) been inserted into the funding bill that is expected to pass next week, but that could still happen. Your emails and phone calls are essential to make sure Congress knows how controversial this issue is. Don't let federal recreation fee policy be expanded without public debate and an open vote in Congress.

Alert from the Western Slope No-Fee Coalition

Action is urgently needed to stop a bill or edit your profile. introduced in the House, and already In This Issue rammed through Committee and ready for a floor vote. STOP THIS BILL HR 5204 would authorize the Forest Service and BLM to charge fees for all public lands, for any activity, by any person, any time. Details follow. Please TAKE ACTION NOW!

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Instructions for Accessing Idaho Power’s Hells Canyon Wi-Fi Flow Monitoring System

Wi-Fi enabled flow monitors are now available at the Hells Canyon Visitors Center, Pittsburg Landing, Cache Creek and Heller Bar. The Wi-Fi signal originates from the stationary flow monitors at these locations. Users should be able to detect the signal up to 0.5 miles from the flow monitor location. Signal strength depends on the terrain, line of sight to the antenna and weather conditions.

Any Wi-Fi enabled device, such as a smart phone, tablet computer or laptop computer should be able to access the river flow data. Users should keep in mind that this signal does not provide access to the Internet and is only for providing flow data in Hells Canyon. The Wi-Fi network cannot be used to send or receive emails or access other types of web-based information.

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Hells Canyon flows 

Idaho Power is providing this September 4, 2014 update to keep boaters informed about flow conditions on the Snake River downstream from Hells Canyon Dam.

Snake River flow conditions above Brownlee Reservoir have been relatively stable for the past several weeks.  Heavy rains in August helped to maintain Snake River flows with increased runoff and declines in irrigation demand.  The three day average Brownlee Reservoir inflow is currently 9,100 cfs.  Inflow into Brownlee Reservoir is expected to decrease over the next few days due to decreased flows from the Payette River as well as the return to drier weather conditions.  If conditions persist, inflow to Brownlee Reservoir is expected to drop below 8,500 cfs over the upcoming weekend. 

Idaho Power will maintain a minimum of 8,500 cfs outflow from Hells Canyon Dam through the weekend.  Early next week outflow from Hells Canyon Dam may drop below 8,500 cfs as the three-day average inflow to Brownlee Reservoir decreases.  Flows at Lime Point may also be affected as flows from the Salmon River continue to decline.  Actual operations are subject to change due to system reliability, and boaters are encouraged to be aware of changing river conditions

In July of this year, Idaho Power announced the addition of Wi-Fi signals to flow monitors at the Hells Canyon Visitors Center, Pittsburg Landing, Cache Creek and Heller Bar.  Idaho Power has now added a Wi-Fi signal at the Johnson Bar gage.   This represents a new location on the river where users can access information about flows on the Snake River.  The Wi-Fi signals make Hells Canyon flow information easily accessible to users via any Wi-Fi enabled device such as a smart phone, a tablet computer, or other mobile devices.  The Wi-Fi signal at each of the five locations features full color graphs and tabular flow information.   Users should be aware that the Wi-Fi signal only broadcasts flow information and does not provide internet access.

Idaho Power will continue to provide email updates to the boating community as conditions change.  For current information, we recommend that boaters in Hells Canyon utilize the flow monitors located at the Hells Canyon Visitors Center, Pittsburg Landing, Cache Creek, Heller Bar, Hells Gate Marina, and at the Forest Service’s Hells Canyon National Recreational Area office in Clarkston, Washington.  River users may also call 1-800-422-3143 for the latest stream flow and Brownlee reservoir water level information.   Flow information for Hells Canyon can also be found on the Idaho Power water information website .  Forecasted flows provided on the company website and flow monitors are approximate and are subject to change depending on generation and system reliability needs.  If you have any questions or comments, you may contact us at hccflow@idahopower.com.


Life Flight Membership

lifeflight logoThe WWA is offering an opportunity for any member to join Life Fight for only $55.00 a year.  We need to have 25 members sign up.  To everyone who joined last year (we don’t have a list) your membership has expired.  Applications are available  through Anita Shore.  To request an application, either call Anita at 208 454-1669 or click here to email her.


Chili feedHere you can learn more about the association and upcoming events. Information on joining the WWA is available on the membership page.  To learn more from this web site about the Association check out the About the WWA web page. Also check out the hundreds of photos found in our photo album pages. If you are new to River Jet Boats Don't forget about the WWA Jet Boating Guidelines video available through the WWA. Topics include jet boating safety, jet boat handling, maneuvering, and rescue tips and techniques. Visit the Jet Boating Guidelines Video page for more details on how to order. Also check out our Info for new members page.


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