Nantahala Outdoor Center is a proud sponsor of several non-profit organizations focused on river conservation and management. We support local and national efforts to protect our rivers and maintain access to our nation's whitewater.
Founded in 1954, American Whitewater is a national non-profit organization with a mission “to conserve and restore America's whitewater resources and to enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.” American Whitewater is a membership organization representing a broad diversity of individual whitewater enthusiasts, river conservationists, and more than 100 local paddling club affiliates across America. The organization is the primary advocate for the preservation and protection of whitewater rivers throughout the United States, and connects the interests of human-powered recreational river users with ecological and science-based data to achieve the goals within its mission. American Whitewater works to protect and restore rivers, maintains a national inventory of whitewater rivers, monitors potential threats to whitewater river resources, publishes information on river conservation, works with government agencies to protect the ability of the public to have a voice in the management of rivers, advocates for legislation protecting our rivers and their aquatic resources, and provides technical advice to local groups regarding river conservation and management.
In 1973, the United States was losing its best rivers at an alarming rate. A group of river runners and conservationists met in Denver to confront the fact that unnecessary dams were silencing many of the nation’s last wild, free-flowing rivers. These river advocates also were concerned that Congress had failed to grant federal protection to any rivers since the original Wild and Scenic Rivers Act passed in 1968. They decided to form a national river conservation organization, and American Rivers was born. Thanks to their supporters, American Rivers has built a strong track record of success. While fighting for wild, free-flowing rivers remains a priority, over the years they have expanded their advocacy to include restoring damaged rivers and ensuring ample water supplies for cities and farms.Together with more than 275,000 members, activists, and volunteers, they make a difference every day for clean water, rivers and communities nationwide.
Founded in 1880, the American Canoe Association (ACA) is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration, and recreation. The heart of the ACA is the people who paddle, cherish, and protect the rivers, lakes, streams, bays, and oceans of the United States and beyond.