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HomeNL-2015-03 6 In the News

In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

"Update On the Not-A-Boat-Launch In Memorial Park At Woodway" (Houston, TX)
"Rumors have been flying through the woods of Buffalo Bayou that what was once a popular boat launch in Memorial Park at Woodway will be opened again to the public maybe by March or April. And while we have determined that there is not actually a definite plan yet for opening the once-a-boat-launch, we can confirm that there may be some plans eventually to build handrails, a proper parking lot, and some other stuff that city officials claim are required to make the longtime, popular no-longer-a boat-launch safe again for the public..."
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Entry contributed by Harmon Everett.

"River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash" (Houston, TX)
"Once a year, thousands of volunteers gather along the Texas waterways to do their part in cleaning up the environment by participating in the largest single day waterway cleanup in the state of Texas, the River, Lakes, Bays 'N Bayous Trash Bash. Want to help? Click the link below to learn more about Trash Bash 2015 on Saturday, March 28..."
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"How Should The Water Quality Be Improved In Armand Bayou?" (Houston, TX)
"The Armand Bayou watershed is an expanse of about 60 square miles between Galveston Bay and Clear Lake. Testing shows bacteria levels in the Armand Bayou may be above the standards recommended by the state, and that can be hazardous to swimmers, kayakers or anyone else who comes in contact with the water..."
Complete story: HoustonPublicMedia
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"Obama signs Browns Canyon proclamation" (Colorado)
"It's official: President Barack Obama signed a proclamation today establishing Browns Canyon National Monument, making 21,586 acres of the upper Arkansas River Valley a national monument. "This designation will provide permanent protection that is long overdue for this incredible area," Friends of Browns Canyon Keith Baker said. The upper Arkansas River is Colorado's most popular whitewater destination, with rafting outfitters running nearly 200,000 people down the river last year alone..."
Complete story: Chaffee County Times
Entry contributed by Frank Ohrt.

"Brothers waive hearing in canoe accident" (Johnsonburg, PA)
"Two brothers have waived a preliminary hearing on charges they were drunk when their canoe capsized, killing the fiance of one of the men. Twenty-two-year-old Angelo Varischetti and 26-year-old Anthony Varischetti are each charged with operating a watercraft under the influence and reckless operation of a watercraft..."
Complete story: The Progress
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Court: Paddlers can use stream on private land" (Albany, NY)
"A canoeist has prevailed in a court case challenging paddlers' right to cross private land on a shallow stream connecting two Adirondack lakes. They sued Phil Brown of Saranac Lake, after he wrote an article about paddling on the two-mile Mud Pond waterway across Brandreth land despite a no-trespassing sign and cable across the stream..."
Complete story: Chronicle
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Sea lion pup hitches ride on family's kayak" (Santa Barbara, CA)
"A family out for a kayak trip in California picked up an unexpected hitchhiker: a sea lion pup that hopped on for a 20-minute ride..."
Complete story with video: Chronicle
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Birchbark Canoe Building Course" (Ontario, Canada)
"Learn to build a traditional birchbark canoe with master canoe builder Tom Byers. Learn more about this unique and one-time comprehensive course offered over weekends and evenings..."
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