The Whitewater Wars is an entertaining and at times funny story about the twists and turns in battles with two federal agencies to save two iconic whitewater rivers — the Ocoee River in Tennessee and the Gauley River in West Virginia. These were not conventional environmental battles. Living close to the edge at times with relatively little money, whitewater paddling pioneers in river shorts and sandals were seemingly no match against powerful federal agencies and their plans to install a hydro project on the Gauley river & not have recreational releases on the Ocoee River. They were grossly underestimated.
Published: October 2019
One reviewer states, “As a longtime paddler and raft guide on the Ocoee, plus enjoying the beauty and power of the Gauley many times, I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates these special places. Thank you Mr. Brown and all of your companions for fighting so passionately to secure our rights to enjoy these rivers for ours and many generations to come! ” -Jessica D.
Another reviewer says, “David Brown is a legend in the world of outfitting. This book describes how bureaucratic agencies are not always looking out for the best interests of the people. This is truly a David versus Goliath story.” -Anonymous