Think of sports like whitewater rafting, kayaking and swimming. Imagine you won't be able to do them anymore, at least not in rivers, because our exploitation of the environment has ruined the rivers. That's where American Whitewater comes in. Take our quiz to find out about their important work.
How many miles of rivers are there in the United States?
1.8 million miles (2.9 million kilometers)
2.6 million miles (41.8 million kilometers)
3.5 million miles (5.6 million kilometers)
What is the rate of extinction in rivers compared to extinction on land?
twice as much
three times as much
five times as much
How much of the U.S. riverbank habitat has been wiped out?
When was American Whitewater (AW) founded?
in the 1950s
in the 1960s
in the 1970s
How many miles of river are running behind dams?
300,000 (482,803 kilometers)
400,000 (643,738 kilometers)
600,000 (965,606 kilometers)
How many dams has American Whitewater been successful in removing?
What else does American Whitewater focus on?
whitewater rafting safety
What does "class IV rapids" refer to?
level of damage that has occurred in that river
amount of wildlife in that river
level of difficulty of the rapids
How many members does American Whitewater have?
How can a regular person contribute to river conservation in the simplest way?
by donating to the American Whitewater
by joining protest marches in Washington D.C.
by picking up a piece of trash you see floating in a river
Which of these festivals does American Whitewater sponsor?
the Mardi Gras in New Orleans
Gauley River Festival in West Virginia
Riverdale Whitewater Festival in New York
Which wonder of nature was formed by rivers?
the Grand Mesa
What does the StreamTeam project do?
It trains whitewater rafting teams.
It trains people in whitewater rafting safety.
It appoints people as experts on designated rivers.
What is one of American Whitewater's main goals?
To educate the public about river conservation.
To give the American people more input into the fate of the United State's rivers.
To improve whitewater rafting safety.
How does damming damage rivers?
It causes them to dewater.
It causes a build up of toxins in the rivers.
It raises the salinity levels of fresh water rivers.
How does American Whitewater fulfill its goals?
They attempt to get their members to run for political positions.
They place ads on national TV.
They publish studies and statistics on the state of rivers in the U.S.
What benefits do rivers provide for mankind?
Who earns a living off rivers?
How many river protection organizations are there worldwide?
What are the demographics of most American Whitewater members?