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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

"What's Going on with the Memorial Park Demonstration Project" (Houston, TX)
"The Memorial Park Demonstration project has been a point of contention since the plan was first proposed back in 2013. Since then there have been strident public disagreements and arguments over how the bayou should be handled — or if it should be altered at all — but the ultimate decision on whether to approve the project has been in the hands of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. And so far, even though it's been more than two years, the Corps has yet to actually choose whether to approve a permit that will give Harris County Flood Control the right to alter one of the last natural stretches of Buffalo Bayou running through the city..."
Complete story: Houston Press

"Woodway Not-a-Boat-Launch now a Boat Launch Again" (Houston, TX)
"Yes, the boat launch in Memorial Park on Woodway at 610 Loop is finally open, and it’s maybe the best boat launch on Buffalo Bayou in the entire city. This official Texas Parks and Wildlife Paddling Trail access to the river has been closed for more than three years..."
Complete story: SaveBuffaloBayou
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"2015 was Texas' wettest year on record" (Houston, TX)
"Texas saw ruinous hail storms, floods, tornadoes, blizzards and even an acute summer drought in 2015. Add it all up, and this past year was the state's wettest since record-keeping began in 1895, according to official numbers through November and federal estimates for December..."
Complete story: Chronicle
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"San Antonio drains River Walk to improve water quality" (San Antonio, TX)
"City crews drained several channels of the River Walk in downtown Monday as part of a maintenance and minor debris removal effort to improve water quality..."
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"Visionary Design Announced for Canadian Canoe Museum" (Peterborough, Canada)
"The Board of Directors of the Canadian Canoe Museum are proud, honoured and excited to announce the winner of the international competition for the new $45-million Canadian Canoe Museum to be located at the majestic site of the 1904 Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site. An elegant, serpentine glass pavilion graced by a two-acre rooftop garden has been selected as the winning design..."
Complete story: Canoeroots Magazine

"Kayaker identified in fatal accident on Lake Buchanan"
 (Lake Buchanan, TX)
"The Texas Game Wardens have identified the body of a kayaker that was discovered near Lake Buchanan Sunday morning after an overnight search.  A man, Julian Dahmen, and a woman went to the lake just before sunset when the wind was blowing and waves were high. Texas Game Wardens believe the couple was going to kayak to one of the islands in the lake to camp overnight..."
Complete story: KVUE

"Family mourns loss of two brothers found dead in Canyon Lake" 
 (Comal County, TX)
"Two brothers were pronounced dead Sunday morning after being discovered in the water in Canyon Lake. Tanner Earp, 17, with his older brother Larry Earp, 25, went onto the lake to kayak Saturday around Noon. When they hadn’t returned by night, a call was sent out to the Comal County Sheriff’s Office who began a search of the lake overnight..."
Complete story: KXAN

"Four men die in canoe accident" (East Troy, WI)
"Patrick Wetzel, 21, Christopher McQuillen, 21, Lanny Patrick Sack, 20, and Mori Weinstein, 21 -- were discovered missing on Jan. 3 from a lake house near East Troy, Wis., where several other people also were staying. Authorities have said they believe the men went out on a canoe that overturned..."
Complete story: Daily Camera

"Dog and would-be rescuer rescued from thin ice" (Fryeburg, ME)
"Chappy, a 2-year-old Weimaraner, wandered out onto the ice and couldn't get back to shore. That's when a Lovewell Pond resident used an ocean kayak to reach the dog. But he and Chappy became stranded. Chappy's owner tried the second rescue attempt but fell through the ice..."
Complete story: Sun Journal

"Kayak instructor offers safety tips in light of recent deaths" 
(San Antonio, TX)
"Three central Texas men taking part in a popular water sport died over the weekend. Two kayakers at Canyon Lake and one more at Lake Buchanan. Kayaking is gaining in popularity, but safety needs to be considered long before the boats enter the water. "I've been a certified instructor for three years," said Sarah Neal who is a level one ACA certified kayaker. "If this interview saves one life," said Neal. "We've done what we need to do." She said..."
Complete story: KXAN

"How to Repair Your Sea Kayak on the Water"
"In this video, Leon Sommé and Shawna Franklin of Body Boat Blade show you some top tips for managing an on-water repair, as well as some of the simple tools they use to fix a boat on the water. Practice on flatwater first, but realize these repairs can also be done in a good-sized sea state..."
Complete story: YouTube
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"Act Now to Save Gunwale Bobbing"
"Gunwale bobbing is a lost art. In the late ‘90s, this cherished summertime tradition simply fell out of favor in camps and school programs across the country. “It’s not a written policy,” says YMCA Wanakita Camp Director Andy Gruppe. “Gunwale bobbing is one of many things camps are just not supposed to do anymore for insurance and liability reasons.”......"
Complete story: Canoeroots
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