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Whitewater canoeing, kayaking, and rafting is both a recreation and a business in the state of Maine. However, the importance of proper information when undergoing these activities is paramount for safety. This study used variables consisting of river width, slope, bedrock density, and flow volume to project the probability of rapids in sections of Maine’s rivers. This data was reclassified to model the whitewater classification scale defined by the international scale of river difficulty (I-V). The study was able to identify general locations, but likely overestimated the values. The classification with the highest number of segments was class IV with 805,153 and the lowest was class V with 88,564. All classifications were found on each river segment yet higher classes where most often found on larger sections of rivers, and not tributaries. All findings in this study should be cross-referenced with other literature to ensure safety on the river.

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Anders is an Environmental Studies major with minors in Mathematics and Environmental Education.

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