The Whitewater Wars is a story that began humbly in 1980 when I was driven by the power of the whitewater experience on the Ocoee River and its potential to introduce thousands of people to the joys of whitewater recreation, which was an emerging industry in those days. I took up residence in a Forest Service campground near the Ocoee River while I tried to convince outfitters and paddlers to join the effort to save the river from a small power project that was being rebuilt. Battling the nation's largest public utility would require commitment, luck and political support. The book is about that story and all the people who joined in to make it happen on the Ocoee River and later on the Gauley River.
I want to thank several people for their help with the book, The Whitewater Wars. Gary Harper for use of his Ocoee photos, Terry Ritterbush at Whitewater Photography for use of Gauley photos, Brian Campbell at AOG for Gauley photos. Marc Hunt for his encouragement, support and reviews of the Ocoee story and David Arnold, who did the same for the Gauley story. Charlie Walbridge was also a great help in his review and support. J.T. Lemons as well. I am probably leaving somebody out for which I apologize.
I will be adding to the story in blog posts on this site. You may also follow the story on Facebook.