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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

"First 'Bayou Greenway Day' highlights Houston's waterways"
(Houston, TX)
"For the Houston Parks Board and city officials, the first-ever Bayou Greenway Day offered a glimpse of the 150-mile network of bike and cycling paths they hope will weave through Houston's nine bayous by 2020. Voters approved a bond package in 2012 that will provide $100 million in matching funds to double trail connections along the city's bayous..."
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"Entertainment options expand on Lake Woodlands" (Houston, TX)
"Residents in The Woodlands will soon have more entertainment options to enjoy on Lake Woodlands. The Woodlands Township will open a second kayak rental location in Hughes Landing in mid-to late summer. In addition, the Township's Riva Row Boat House will expand its options this spring, adding stand up paddle boarding classes, 90-minute Sunday kayak excursions and kayak rentals with picnic lunches..."
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Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Austin Canoe and Kayak earns Bizrate award" (Houston, TX)
"Austin Canoe and Kayak has received the Bizrate Circle of Excellence Award. According to a release from the business, "The Bizrate Circle of Excellence award recognizes those online retailers within the Bizrate Network who have demonstrated outstanding performance, as rated by their customers, throughout a one-­year period..."
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Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Threats To The Gila River And To Public Stream Access" (New Mexico)
"March was a busy month for AW as we worked to derail two very troubling bills in the New Mexico legislature... First, the legislation: The bills were a reaction to a recent NM Attorney General opinion that suggested most riverbed and riverbanks between low and high water marks are open to public use. But the bills went way overboard in trying to keep anglers off private land... Now about that wild and beautiful Gila: A truly misguided proposal would siphon the last free-flowing New Mexican river and in the process destroy some of the most precious, beautiful and fun river habitat in the entire Southwest..."
Complete story: AmericanW
Entry contributed by Frank Ohrt.

"Paralysed kayaker to represent Australia at canoe world champs"
(Sydney, Australia)
"Sam Bloom fell and broke her spine when she leaned against a loose balcony railing in 2013.  Ms Bloom was exceptionally fit before her accident, and took up kayaking to combat the depressing reality of being unable to participate in any of the other sports she loved: surfing, running, and cycling.  She joined a kayak club, where she was lifted into a kayak and strapped against a special backrest..."
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Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Run a River, on Two Feet" (Glenwood Springs, CO)
"The river picked up speed, sucking me into the churn. I pulled my paddle hard through the water and braced myself. This was only Class II whitewater, but my heart was pounding at a Class V rate. That's because I wasn't in a raft, or even a kayak — I was balancing on a standup paddleboard. Whitewater SUP got its start when professional kayakers took a cue from surfers and started experimenting with standup boards..."
Complete story: Men's Journal
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Meet the family canoeing across Canada"
"Last summer, after he and his family canoed 450km down the North Saskatchewan River, five-year-old Mali Berthiaume declared he wanted to canoe for the rest of his life.  For his parents, Magali Moffatt and Benoit Gendreau-Berthiaume, that was the go-ahead for a much bigger cross-country adventure. On 2 May, the family will push off from their canoe in Edmonton, Alberta, on a four-month journey to Montreal, Quebec. The trip will cover more than 5,000km through rivers and lakes, including portaging..."
Complete story: BBC
Entry contributed by Frank Ohrt.

"Low-lying dams drown hundreds of unsuspecting victims"
 (Des Moines, IA)
"For the better part of a century, submerged dams were workhorses of the American heartland, harnessing the power of rivers to run grain mills, generate electricity and keep lakes and ponds full of water as a hedge against drought. These walls of concrete, called low-head dams for their minimal profile, outlasted their original purpose long ago. But beneath the seemingly gentle cascades and quiet rumble, the dams hide a sinister secret: They have dragged hundreds of unsuspecting swimmers and boaters into their churning waters and drowned them..."
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Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Silsbee resident identified in overturned kayak fatality" (Silsbee, LA)
"The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a kayaker who died over the weekend has been identified as 24-year-old Zachary Collins of Silsbee. A spokesman says a caller reported that an overturned kayak was floating off of the Interstate 10 beach on Lake Charles. The lake is on the Louisiana-Texas state line. Using side sonar, they found Collins' body - he was not wearing a life vest..."
Complete story: Beaumont Enterprise
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Woman Charged With Murdering Fiancé Who Disappeared When Kayak Capsized" (Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY)
"A 35-year-old woman has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 46-year-old fiancé, who vanished earlier this month when his kayak capsized on the Hudson River.  Angelika Graswald and Vincent Viafore were kayaking in choppy waters when Viafore's kayak overturned, dumping him in the water.  Viafore, who wasn't wearing a life jacket, was never found..."
Complete story: NBC New York
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Float Fest still a hit on land" (San Antonio, TX)
"Rain may have grounded the watercraft in the inaugural Mission Reach Float Fest, but the downpour didn’t dampen contestants’ creativity. The April 11 event encouraged paddleboard, kayak and canoe enthusiasts to deck out their craft for a 1-mile parade and decorating contest along the Mission Reach..."
Complete story: My SA
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Texas to receive millions to restore coast" (Houston, TX)
"Texas is likely to receive as much as $65 million to build nesting islands for brown pelicans, gulls and other birds and to protect critically endangered sea turtles as part of a larger campaign to restore the Gulf of Mexico, officials said Monday. The money is part of the latest round of funding for restoration projects after the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.  Under the plan, Texas would receive $20 million to build three islands in Galveston Bay and one in Matagorda Bay from dredge spoil to increase nesting habitat for colonial waterbirds..."
Complete story: Chronicle
Entry contributed by John Rich.