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River rafting seasons vary throughout the state, but paddlers can expect good flows from most rivers that are dam controlled. Release schedules will also vary, but most utilities and power sources have declared normal flows on the rivers mentioned above.
For those of you who are scheduling whitewater trips in California, the industry website at California Whitewater Rafting offers listings for all major whitewater rafting companies in the state and even includes international rivers.
Early season river trips usually occur in the northern part of the state during February, March and April. During the heat of the summer months, reservoirs release water on controlled flows. Most of those rafting trips occur in central northern California and southern California. Throughout the season and into fall, the river rafting communities are usually busy on the forks of the American River; a popular class 3 whitewater trip suited for beginners and intermediates.
For more information on California whitewater rafting, visit the industry's website C-W-R.com for an overview of rivers in California.
The hike will visit an old Native American Indian site with over 30 bed rock mortars. The seven mile hike is not recommended for beginners since the trail is long and will cover both unpaved and paved trails.
Call American River Conservancy for details and reservations: (530) 621-1224. Or email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Located at 326 Main Street, The Bookery will donate 10% of their sales for this weekend only to the American River Conservancy Wakamatsu/Gold Hill project.
Shop for the holidays, support ARC, and a wonderful supportive business partner.
American River Conservancy
Do your research early and prepare for the upcoming whitewater rafting season out here in the beautiful West! Most outfitters are now preparing for their 2008 rafting seasons.
For whitewater paddlers, the South Fork American is the most popular river in the Western United States. Close to major population centers, the South Fork hosts approximately 200 to 300,000 people a year on its user-friendly rapids. The whitewater trips are most popular during the months of May through August. With guarantee flows released from a reservoir, the South Fork Wild and Scenic designation will be a welcome to the paddling community at large.
Read more about the BLM's recent recommendations: http://www.blm.gov/ca/st/en/fo/folsom/rmp_index_page.html
The association is dedicated in preserving the state park and is in partnership with California State Parks. President, Judi Bowers, of the Board of Directors says, "Deb brings a plethora of knowledge about nonprofit organizations as well as an interest in our Park and community; we are very pleased that she has joined us as executive director. We believe that she will lead us to meet our substantial goals."
Ms Jensen comes from many non-profit organizations such as the American River Conservancy and the Catalina Island Conservancy. She and her family reside in the community.
American River Confluence Festival
(June 10th, 2007) ARC will be participating in PARC's (Protect American River Canyon) 16th annual Confluence Festival. This outdoor event will have recreational opportunities, music, entertainment, food, nature and art activities. Protection is the theme and appreciation of the American River resources. The event is on Sunday June 10th, 2007 from 9am to 4pm at the American River Overlook located on Pacific Street behind the fairgrounds in Auburn, CA.
American River Cleanup and Coastal Cleanup Combined Efforts
The annual American River Cleanup will be held on July 5th and September 15th. ARC will be partnering with El Dorado County, the California Coastal Commission, California rafting companies and other local businesses to organize the cleanup on September 15th.
Please contact Gail Zeigler at (530) 621-1224 or Gail@arconservancy.org.
Get on the following rivers now: North Fork American, Yuba, Cal Salmon, Tuolumne, Merced and South Fork American. Flows are up! For more information on California whitewater rafting, see the C-W-R.com site for descriptions and a list of outfitters.
For those of you who love Class 4+ paddling, you just got an extension on the early Spring rafting in California! Do it while you can before it becomes a creeking run.
Over on the other whitewater sections of the American River, the South Fork American has had great flows of around 2,000 cfs and upwards towards 2,700 cfs. The Middle Fork American hasn't budged much except for odd releases in the evening.
Dam operators are managing flows based on several criteria including weather, contracts and other variables.
If Mother Nature keeps temperatures at spring levels, the melt will be nice and slow with flows around 1,500 cfs. An ideal level for rafting and kayaking. Above 2,500 cfs will require advanced, athletic paddlers since the flow becomes faster and the holes stickier.
The North Fork American River is a premier whitewater rafting trip in Northern California.
Try to get your springtime runs in soon as the days are warming up and the melt has started. Best bets are the North Fork American, Yuba, and Merced for early season whitewater rafting.
Over on the North Fork American, the flows are dependent upon melt cycle and precipitation. The night time temperatures on the summit have been above 32 degrees Farenheit which starts the melt cycle. This week with warm day time temperatures and below freezing at night, the flow has started on this popular Class 4 advanced run.
Time to get the boating and rafting clothes out along with your gear. California rafting season begins!
Some restrictions for take-outs are also located near the mouth of the Cal Salmon River on Ishi Pishi Road.
For more information on the recent letter sent by the Karuk Mountain Dance Council, see the rafting news blog for today's date. Also, if you would like more information on the ceremonies, please contact David and Jan Tripp at (530) 469-3432. Or write to them at PO Box 325, Orleans CA 95556."
Check out his recent book "Yosemite in the Sixties". A great nostalgic read for the armchair outdoors person.
A 40 to 80% chance of snow is expected by the end of this week. Colder temperatures will be expected throughout the Sierras and lower elevations.
California river watch is a good read with great environmental resources and links to river protection groups. Grab a cup of coffee and take notes!
W.E.T. River Trips guide school focuses strictly on commercial guiding, therefore, the program is geared not only towards rafting, but also on the complex management of guide-client interaction, government river regulations and food safety preparations.
Whitewater guide schools are fun. The interaction between the company trainers and the student is one of deep bonding and team-building. In other words, you become a family.
Our Governor Schwarzenegger applied for a federal waiver so that California could enforce the new standards. The DOE in its infinite wisdom actually declared that California did not have good enough reasons to implement this new standard. From the beginnings of California's history, our state has always struggled with water concerns. With the new standards, we would have had an enormous energy savings with this waiver.
An estimated savings of 33 billion gallons of water per year could have been saved along with an energy savings that could have run 85,000 households.
Imagine, 50 states with 50 different conservation plans; all trying to address their state's needs... and then here comes the DOE, with a preposterous federal stance declaring that California has no need for water or energy conservation. Tell that to the farmers, fishermen, developers, river rafters and energy-makers here in our state every time we have to go through legislation, a bond issue or another expensive political fight to help us with our growing population and our dwindling energy and water resources.
Think of it this way: if you have a bucket of dirt and you slowly sprinkle water into it. First the soil becomes saturated and the bucket will show no water inside, but wet dirt. Add a bunch ice cubes (snow and ice); still no overflow. Then add more water in a large stream (storm). Since the dirt is already saturated, the additional water and moisture begins to supersaturate the soil and there is no where to go but vertical. The ice starts to melt as more water is added until the bucket overflows. That's flood conditions. That's why rivers overflow their banks.
Another major factor is an artificial one. Dams are controlled by water managers. Conversations between computer modelers and dam operators are essential in order to predict river flows. The problems usually occur when there is too much water being held behind a major reservoir as a storm moves in or a warm storm melts a snowpack causing the dam to overflow. As managers make way for more incoming flow from the mountains, dam operators must release the water and sometimes overwhelm the banks of the rivers.
The choreographed dance between computer modelers, dam operators and Mother Nature is one that is currently being updated with the new gauges on the American River. The newer system will help further refinements in analyzing this data. It's this analysis that helps to preserve urban areas in a floodplain. The DWR (Department of Water Resources) help produce those nice graphs and river flow charts that all of us rafters, paddlers depend on for our water recreation on our rivers.
First you really have to like the water. Then you take part in reserving a rafting reservation with a professional guide company. Then you do it again and again. You burn through all the rivers in the state as your skill level gets better and better. Then you want to do it as a guide and control the raft yourself... and that's how he got to this point.
He took several of our early spring trips when the flows are high and wild on our Class 4 rivers. And then he joined the infamous river rafting guide training program with W.E.T. Everyday, rain or shine, guide wannabees are trained in a hands-on manner in all the aspects of commercial guiding. Not easy... especially when weather and river conditions are detrimental.
Some may say it's a midlife crisis; others will point out that it's a better way to spend your time instead of on a golf course. No matter, rafting and paddling does something to some people that is hard to explain. Those of you who have the addiction, know what I'm talking about...
As a car driver, you can help by joining your own community members of SACOG to help with input on your favorite traffic pet peeves. Check their website for more information.
Boaters can look forward to controlled, reliable releases on the South Fork American River and its upper sections at Slab Creek and Silver Fork. For the next 50 years, we can all rejoice in having this whitewater rafting and kayaking section of the American River protected.
Along with Proposition 84 monies, that adds an additional $800 million to the pot, these measures will assure Californians that, at last, the levees will finally be a focus. Today's Sacramento Bee has a quote from Deputy Director of the State Department of Water Resources, Les Harder, "It's probably the largest investment for flood control ever - something that's been sorely needed for a long time. It was gratifying to see that people across the state recognize the dire need."
Bond monies will also be distributed to the upgrades to Folsom Dam. The approximate cost of that project is in the neighborhood of $1 billion. Sacramento's Mayor Heather Fargo said, "This was wonderful news. 1E is huge for Sacramento."
We, in Northern California, would like to extend our gratitude to the Southern California voters for helping to pass this very important bond issue. And remember, two-thirds of our drinking water comes from the Delta alone.
Thanks to the Sacramento Bee for story update
Fat rainbow and browns are being caught in those tributaries using grasshoppers, crickets and flies.
Not much time left! For all those fishing junkies, now's the time to go as the weather has been superb! Thanks to the Sacramento Bee for Valley Fishing updates!
On November 12 through December 20th, professional surfers' most prestigious and coveted title will have them competing for the 2006 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing on Oahu's North Shore.
Also, the $710,000 Series will determine the women’s Association of Surfing Professional’s (ASP) world title, participants on the 2007 World Qualifying Series (WQS) and World Championship Tour (WCT), and the world’s best tube rider at the infamous Banzai Pipeline.
The Vans Triple Crown can be compared to the Masters in golf. A lot is riding on this competition as competitors World Champ, Kelly Slater from Florida, Australia's Layne Beachley, Melanie Redman-Carr and reigning world champion Chelsea Georgeson compete for titles.
Californians Timmy Reyes and Bobby Martinez expect to place in the top 10 finish while 14 year-old John John Florence looks to build upon last year’s debut.
Go and check it out! Thanks to Global Surf News for this post!
We had several guests travel from the Bay Area in hopes to catch this great release of water. The guests were young and enthusiastic, and our reservation staff had explained that there was a 90% chance of good water. This information was given to us by our liasons after several conversations with key players and was passed around to several rafting outfitters and news blogs. The posting was everywhere. This was also the weekend of the Whitewater Symposium hosted by kayaker extraordinaire, Dan Crandall of Current Adventures. Though the symposium's focus was on marketing and industry promotion, world-famous kayakers were there to participate and paddle with their brethren on the South Fork American.
The lack of communication is becoming a stagnant and reoccuring theme every Fall. Why? Why can't someone relay this information within a 24 hour period? Why is there a lack of communication between the agencies and water managers? Can someone please 'splain that to me?
For those of you who are looking for more adventure, choose a gift on a wilderness trip! The Middle Fork American is an ideal wilderness rafting trip for the newbie. Beautiful, isolated canyon located in Placer and El Dorado County is close to Sacramento and San Francisco. This is the gem of the California State Park's Auburn Recreation Area. Difficult rapids dot this stretch with the main highlight featuring "Tunnel Chute Rapid." The chute was carved out by early gold miners that diverted the entire river into a 15-foot wide slot that enters a dark tunnel. This is one rapid that is unique to any other rapid in the state of California.
And for the experienced, hardcore spring paddler, give them a gift of intensity on the North Fork American River. This Class 4 to 4+ river is only for paddlers over the age of 16 years old and only for the experienced. Mid-March is the start up for this river as we watch natural river flows daily on this run.
Keep in mind that all gifts can be upgraded at the time of the reservation. Or it can be downgraded depending on your skill set. Call us when you are ready to reserve for that gift certificate that Aunt Margaret or dear ol' Dad gave you!
As we take a brief break from the office, our staff will soon be back getting ready for the 2007 Rafting Season. New adventures are being designed as we revamp old programs and update them to a new more modern focus. Visit our website often throughout the fall and winter months. We'll be updating pages and getting rafting news to you!
Once the blogging started, we just never stopped. Written like a diary, each entry was a glimpse of our company's inner workings. Sometimes that was not a good idea, as some of us complained about other rafting companies, the clients or each other! We never realized how many were reading the blog until we posted controversial topics... much to our chagrin! And now, our blog is the oldest rafting blog in the West! To this day, the blog is still written by our staff and friends; no professional writers allowed, so forgive our typos and grammatical errors.
The new phase for blogging now encompasses a news element so that others can contribute to our rafting news. The rafting news blog will allow us to write about other subjects that are related to rafting in general. We'll keep you posted on rafting, paddling and surfing news around the country, and mostly in California. Stop by and visit often or better yet, subscribe to the feeds!
If you aren't a water person, you might not enjoy these activities... but if you're a water dog like the rest of us water fools; come rafting first, graduate to kayaking and then paddle yourself to the ocean to top off your watersports on a short or long board! Our motto, "Get off the couch!" is reflected everyday by the way we promote rafting in California, kayaking out west and surfing oceans and dealing with conservation issues on our waterways and our seas. Please join our brethren of water lovers and have fun at your nearest water source. A precious resource that we constantly need to protect. Join your favorite conservation organization and help save these watery places.
Rumor has it (a little birdie told me) that the road should be opened by September 21st on Thursday. The flow is low because of the power line damage and all rafting companies are hoping that they can get that situation remedied as quickly as possible.
UPDATE::California State Parks just updated the road conditions. Road is now open and power lines are fixed. Dam operators will be ramping up tonight for normal flows. The Middle Fork American is back in action!
W.E.T. River Trips
Whitewater rafting was curtailed on the Middle Fork American due to the Mosquito Ridge Road closure. Our rafters await news about the opening date of this road. More info to come...
W.E.T. River Trips
With over 130 Govenor, Senate and House of Representative seats up for election, you, as a new, young voter can make a huge impact on how this country focuses on environmental needs. Registering online is as simple as it gets. Get off the mountains, rivers and streams for just one day and go out and vote. Make a difference!
For more information about how to save energy in times like these go to http://www.fypower.org.
June 12th, Monday celebrates the annual Trailfest Festival, a major fundraiser for the American River Conservancy. The Coloma-Lotus Valley comes alive with partying rafting guides and the local community. Rafting outfitters donate money and party location in supporting this fun evening of food, music, live auction and more. For more information, visit the American River Conservacy website for the Trailfest Festival events and details.
So people, get on board and party with the American River, one of the most precious river gems in the West! Check out all these events this weekend and then go rafting!
Environmentally conscious Patagonia, gear and clothing manufacturer, and also a long-time champion of various causes, would like to remind consumers about product lines. "Do you support an environmentally destructive surf industry, or do you demand more from businesses making money off the surfing experience and lifestyle?" Check the links to their site for great surf stories by writers like Gerry Lopez, an ultimate surfer at Pipeline and an ambassador for Patagonia.
Here at W.E.T. River Trips, we also bring that question to our users. Demanding more from business will help all businesses to take a hard look at where we can help. Patagonia uses organic cotton for their board shorts and uses recycled polyester for their synthetic fleece. They also donate 1% of their sales to environmental grass roots projects. What are we doing to help?
W.E.T. has promised the American River Conservancy a bundle of river trips for the 2006 year. Along with many of the American River outfitters, we all support the Conservancy's grassroot efforts for fundraising. Trailfest is coming soon along with Headwaters Institution's program on the same day. More about that to come. We honor Patagonia's lead by trying to apply the same philosphies that they have nurtured over these many years. A salute to that great company is warranted!
The site is a mix of funny stories, wacky themes from pro wrestling to movie reviews. Robert, with his liberal and bent viewpoints on politics and life in general managed to interview Al Gore and the director, Davis Guggenheim about the movie, An Inconvenient Truth, an environmental look at global warming.
Robert met Gore and Guggenheim at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, where he engaged both in a Q & A about the movie, the presidential elections, the future of our country and gas prices. Much has been said about global warming from our current adminstration; basically, that it's a hoax? Any grade school kid can tell you that global warming is a real event that is happening already. Witness our crazy weather patterns, witness the icecaps melting, witness our depletion of our rain forests... now tell me that it's all a hoax!
I was impressed with Gore's responses and one that sums it up nice and tidy,"...There are 5 points to the global consensus. Number one, global warming is real, Number two, we are mainly responsible for it. Number 3, the effects are catastrophic, Number 4, we need to fix it quickly, and number 5 it’s not too late." Are you hearing him? Watch this movie... no, demand to see it!
Thanks to Robert Berry and RetroCrush
One of the obstacles against the dam builders has been a lack of local partners to share the cost of this very expensive and foolish project. Why? Because no single or organized groups have been dumb enough to fund this project. Money, geological considerations (earthquake!) and re-routing much needed political resources have stopped this "old" concept. We need those resources for the levees and the raising of Folsom Dam. That will go far in protecting the Central Valley and Delta areas.
But wait, the The American River Authority (ARA), a joint powers authority, has publicly expressed interest in stepping up to be that local partner. ACK! The prospect of sponsoring the proposed Auburn Dam will be on the agenda of their May 15th meeting in Auburn.
MAY 15TH, 2006; we need your help.
Meeting Time: 3:00 PM, Monday, May 15 (Gather outside at 2:30pm)
Location: Placer County Administrative Office, 175 Fulweiler Avenue, Auburn, 5603
Click link for map: http://www.placer.ca.gov/maps/domes.htm
Auburn Dam is too expensive" – A price tag of $3 billion and rising.
Auburn Dam is too risky – It steals financial and political resources from much needed flood control improvements throughout the Central Valley and it will be built on a system of earthquake faults.
Auburn Dam is too damaging – It will drown thousands of acres of important wildlife habitat and 50 miles of river canyons that provide outdoor recreation for more than a half million people every year.
Please RSVP to Friends of the River at email@example.com if you can attend.
Thanks to Friends of the River for sharing this info w/our readers!
"In response to questions raised by Senator Larry Craig at a Congressional hearing last fall, Under Secretary of Mark Rey conceded in a recent follow-up letter that the Forest Service was not in compliance with the law (Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act) at most fee sites. The law requires that sites have a minimum of six amenities to qualify for collection of a Standard Amenity Fee. Of 1,339 sites that are located within agency-designated "High Impact Recreation Areas," 981 are Standard Amenity Fee sites. Forest Service documents revealed that 739 Standard Amenity Fee sites, or 75% of the total, do not have all of the amenities the law requires. It is uncertain whether the agency will cease collection of fees at these sites or try to bring them up to the standards to qualify for collection. On another matter, the Forest Service is planning to close many backcountry campgrounds due to lack of funds or lack of use. Some have pump wells that do not meet EPA standards for filtration systems."
Most government agencies have had their budgets sharply cut by the Federal and State levels. We hope this current issue will not hurt our industry by way of increases in fees or abolishing the basic amenities that our public has come to enjoy.
Here's what changed: Katrina and New Orleans. That is the reason for the Auburn Dam proposal. Simply that one horrendous event that showed how incredibly powerful water can be in its destruction of a city laid vulnerable to hurricanes. Let's take a look at New Orleans. Would a dam have saved that city? Would a dam have stopped the water from pounding into the levees and making them fail? From what we all understand now, is that those levees have been in disrepair for many years while politicians struggled with the federal administration in trying to secure funding for those levees. Sound familiar?
Sacramento and federal legislators finally had a proposal worked out to really prevent a catastrophic flood in the valley. The politicians had made their compromises and were set to create a budget to increase the capacity for Folsom Dam by raising the level. There were also monies to be set aside for the maintenance and repair of older levees. Sacramento and the entire Delta has seen levee breeches many times throughout the course of the Valley history. It's a flood plain, folks. So, smaller authorities had tried to set aside monies when needed to help shore up the old levee system. After the floods of '86, 95, 96, 05; it is apparent that we've been literally sitting on our backside fighting political battles over a dam that has been deemed by many entities such as Army Corp of Engineers, Geologists, Hydrologists, Seismic experts and yes, Environmentalists (believe me, it's not a swear word) and even fiscally conservative groups have proved how financially and structurally unreasonable this project really is.
When are we going to wake up and see that this Auburn Dam group has created a need based on some other state's terrible horror. And to use New Orleans as a backdrop for a publicity campaign to start-up the Auburn Dam fight again is so irresponsible of Congressman Doolittle's group. They would rather risk flooding Sacramento and the Delta than fix our damn levees.
And honestly, who would you rather believe? A congressman who is being investigated because he's been kicking back campaign funds into his household account (yes, we know it's technically legal... that's what scares us even more) or the other side who has nothing to gain but to save money and lives and a beautiful canyon. Though our company would lose a precious river rafting resource, believe me, we would survive. But we also live in Sacramento and we are well aware of the flood issue; that's why we need immediate attention to address the levees now. Don't delay this part of flood control otherwise, as they're building the dam 10 years from now, Sacramento will have already had a breech in the levees that will surely devastate as we bicker about someone's ego project.
And on the river, the 24th Annual American River Festival will be happening with the ever-so-popular whitewater rodeo at the Chili Bar hole this Saturday, April 22nd. Come watch the rodeo antics of world-class kayakers and then watch as the Banshees surf the river. A river conservation fundraiser and promotion for rivers. Contact 530.626.6882 to register for the race.
In today's email alerts, we received a reminder from Patagonia about their 1% program. In celebrating Earth Day, Patagonia reminds all businesses (especially those of us who work in beautiful places) that donating a percentage of our annual net revenue will help various programs around the earth. Here are some links to the different groups and Patagonia's 1% program:
Find a group near you
Visit 1% For The Planet
Thanks to CSUSacramento, ARFestival & Patagonia for these posts!
Within the upper Cosumnes River watershed ARC received tentative approval of a $1 million grant that would help acquire 15 parcels and over 3 miles of native fisheries and river front habitat on the North Fork Cosumnes River between Bucks Bar Road to the east and Highway 49 to the west. Additional grant funds for these acquisitions are being requested from the Sierra-Cascade Grant Program.
Lastly, ARC is close to acquiring another 40 acres of rare plant habitat fronting the lower portions of Weber Creek. This acquisition once completed would be integrated into the Pine Hill Ecological Preserve and managed for rare plant protection and the protection of reproductive habitat for five native fish species found within this section of Weber Creek.
Thank you ARC for this update and post!
25th annual American River Festival www.americanriverfestival.org
Saturday, April 22, 2006:
Meet at Chili Bar Put In for the 6-mile Class 3 Down River Raft Race from the Nugget Campground to Trouble Maker Rapid
8:00 am - Registration Opens at Chili Bar for Downriver Raft Race
8:45 am – Raft Race Paddlers Meeting @ the Nugget Campground
9:05-9:15 am - Raft Race
6:00 pm - Dinner/Dance & “LIVE MUSIC” with Kipchoge & the Ginger Ninjas, Silent Auction, Raft, Downriver & Rodeo Awards
The American River Festival, Oregon River Games and the Wenatchee River Festival are proud to announce a partnership creating the 1st Annual West Coast Rafting Championship Series. There will also be a West Coast Rafting Championships hosted annually by these events on a 3-year rotation.
The 2006 event dates are as follows:
American River Festival (California) April 21st – 23rd
Oregon River Games (Oregon) May 5th - 7th
Wenatchee River Festival (Washington) June 9th – 11
Thanks to American River Festival organizers for this post!
"We have appreciated the relationship we have developed with the Klamath River rafting community regarding the Karuk Jump (Mountain) Dance. This annual Karuk Tribal ceremony is centered at the village of Ameekyaaraam, which is near Ike’s Falls on the Klamath River. As the Karuk Jump (Mountain) Dance Council, we continue to speak for this one dance and this dance only.
We are alerting you to the dates of the Karuk Mountain (Jump) Dance as soon as we are able. We hope that your company will find these dates useful as you develop your rafting schedules.
During the period of July 24, 2006 through August 16, 2006, we ask that a “quiet zone” from the Salmon River Bridge at Somes Bar to below Ike’s Falls be observed. We also ask that during this time, there be no takeouts or put-ins at the dance grounds under the Klamath River Bridge on Ishi Pishi Road at the mouth of the Salmon River. We realize that there is a need to “take-out” before the long stretch on the Klamath River to Orleans from Ike’s Falls. Take-outs on the east side of the river, below Ike’s Falls is an option, but please observe the “quiet zone”.
We appreciate your efforts to help us make this religious ceremony comfortable for the Indian families who participate. Please share this information with other rafting companies and others who would find this information helpful. We would like to expand our mailing list, so please encourage those you share this with to contact us so that we can add them to our list.
Thank you so much for your help and cooperation. If you have any questions, please write to David and Jan Tripp at PO Box 325, Orleans CA 95556.
Sincerely, The Karuk Mountain Dance Council
So for this year, ... I enjoy working with W.E.T. ... I´ll probably be free after the middle of April or so and in Coloma for the rest of the summer. Look forward to another good season, Talk to you soon, Ryan Mac
Ryan is part of the CaliProduct Team. Read about their escapades!
We are negotiating more acquisitions in our other four conservation initiative areas. The American River Conservancy is working to acquire 400 acres within the Wild and Scenic section of the North Fork American River and additional forested and river front lands at the headwaters of both the North and Middle Forks American River. We are working with a team of nine public agencies to acquire additional rare plant habitat within the Pine Hill Ecological Preserve. Another river front conservation program includes the acquisition of fisheries and riparian habitat along the North Fork Cosumnes River. Lastly, the Conservancy has submitted three additional grant proposals to acquire an additional 60 acres of land fronting an upper reach of Weber Creek and then develop additional ponds on this property providing critical reproductive habitat for the federally-listed California red-legged frog.
We should note that federal and state funding for conservation projects has dwindled to a mere trickle in relation to more robust public funding provided over the past decade. Nevertheless, we continue to submit extremely competitive grant proposals for the smaller grant programs that still exist and remain optimistic at its chances of advancing (and completing) the above referenced conservation initiatives."
Thanks to ARC for this update. Join ARC & receive regular email updates on their programs.
Meanwhile, the Legislature's Republican Caucus is insisting both that the bond package include construction money for new dams and that the state's environmental laws be suspended or weakened to fast-track dam construction and levee improvements. Making matter worse, the bond package proposes to fund major construction projects in the Central Valley's flood control levee system, without necessarily ensuring that improvements are completed in a way that protects and restores rivers.
This rush to build dams makes no financial or practical sense. Investing in water conservation will save taxpayers billions of dollars relative to building new dams and will result in far greater water increases in water storage.
Letters to your Legislators are needed today to urge them to insist on an infrastructure bond that funds water conservation and reclamation programs and eliminates funding for new river-destroying dams. Your letter should also emphasize the need to protect and restore rivers as part of any funding for flood levee improvements.
To read more about this proposal, please click here: Friends of the River.
Additional sponsors are America Outdoors, which will donate the operational backbone for National River Cleanup Week 2006; The Shimoda Group for sponsorship and promotional coordination; the Bureau of Land Management and USDA Forest Service.
This year the American Canoe Association (ACA), American Whitewater (AW), River Network and Northern Forest Canoe Trails have developed innovative efforts to reach out to the river/paddling communities. Specifically, ACA is offering paddling clubs and other affiliate organization discounts on liability insurance coverage for registered participants; AW is challenging its members to conduct cleanups on rivers that AW has protected or restored.
The winners of the Where Does the Trash Come From? student essay competition and National River Cleanup Week 2006 Photo and Publicity Contests for organizers will receive prizes provided by sponsors. Each organizer who signs up by March 31 will receive a Green Mountain Coffee Roasters mug and package of coffee. Those organizers are then eligible to win a Keurig Single Cup Brewer and a month's supply of K-Cups from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.
The National River Cleanup Week mission is to raise public awareness of the magnitude of trash accumulating in our nation's waterways and to develop a constituency for clean waterways. Since 1992, over a half million National River Cleanup Week volunteers have collected trash from over 95,218 miles during 4,623 cleanups.
For more information on National River Cleanup Week 2006 or the Where Does the Trash Come From? Visit www.nationalrivercleanup.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
"I've done a range of rafting and advanced rafting trips in 3 different countries, to beginner and intermediate kayak instructing and freestyle kayaking rodeo clinics. My favorite Rivers in California include: Upper Middle Fork Kings, Fantasy Falls, South Silver, Shirtail Creek of North Fork American, Golden Gate, Fordyce Creek, Highland Creek 1st Descent, Dutch Creek 1st Descent, and Triumph Gorge on the Lower South Branch of the Feather 1st Descent... favorite Rivers in Costa Rica include: Upper Pacuare, Peralta on Reventazon, Upper Toro, Upper Pejibaye Toas, Poso Azul and Succio River... favorite Rivers in Brazil Include: Rio Jaquari, Rio Paraibuna, Rio Itajai Acu, Rio Cubatao and 1st Descents on Riberao Ponte Preta, Rio Coura, Rio Colina, Rio Escorrega, Riberao Dos Irmao, Rio Das Furnas, Rio Conquista, Riberao Pamital, Rio Verde, Rio Auiruoca, Rio das Cachoeiras, Rio Sao Joao, and Rio Das Antas."
Brazil is home to an amazing percentage of the world's fresh water, and not to mention, an incredible potential for exploration. Many challenges await those interested in exploring Brazil's complex ecosystems. Road access, language barrier, and lack of resources (information, equipment, emergency services), are just a few of the problems and reasons why Brazilâ??s rivers have remained virtually untouched and untapped. Together, within the expedition team, and with help of current and potential sponsors, "Chasing 50" will be prepared to deal with any challenges that might arise during their venture. Proper gear, good logistics, and a great support team are all crucial in the success and safety of this team. With your financial support "Chasing 50" will be one step closer to achieving their goals; in search for the unknown.
Ryan says, "Our initial plan involves a grueling 3 month journey throughout some of Brazil's untapped, virgin rivers. The team will be documenting the entire trip with professional quality video cameras and digital photos, with high hopes in producing several programs in both the U.S. and Brazil. Our team will attempt a unique journey through 7 states, visiting over 20 Brazilian National Parks in 15 different mountain ranges, in an effort to surpass 50 River 1st Descents (class IV-V) in 3 months; a mark probably few have ever accomplished. This will take a combined effort with both athletes and sponsors involved."
Ryan would like to thank the following sponsors: Sierra Outdoor Center in Auburn for approximately $1500 worth of gear, W.E.T. River Trips for financial support for the team members, Liquid Logic for boats & kayaks, McPherson Crane and Rigging for High Definition 3CCD Video Camera ($4000) which will be filming the full length Kayaking Movie, ESPN Brazil is sponsoring transportation ($5000), and a small company out of Bertioga, Sao Paulo is sponsoring Hotels and the Ultralight airplane.
Ryan will be returning in the first of April to begin editing on the film. During this time, he will be producing a mini demo video of each sponsor 's company involved. This will turn out like a commercial for the Video, which also gives the sponsors a little exposure.
For all you corporate wannabe sponsors, please send your financial sponsorships or equipment sponsors to Ryan McPherson, 27 Esperson Court, Rio Vista, CA 94571 and make all checks out to "Chasing 50" and Ryan McPherson. Good luck "Chasing 50" team members! May the river gods be with you!
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