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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

"Can an Urban Stream Restore Itself?" (Houston, TX)
"In order to answer the question of whether an urban stream can restore itself, we first have to ask: what do we mean by restore?  All too often, what is meant by restoration is stabilize. Stop the river from moving. Stop the channel from shifting. Stop the banks from eroding.  From our point of view and that of many scientists, stabilizing – or attempted stabilizing — is killing the river. A river, in order to be alive, in order to be healthy, to be biologically diverse, to serve its purpose of cleansing the water and sustaining life, needs room to move. In order to restore itself and adjust to floods and high flows, a river has to move..."
Complete story: Save Buffalo Bayou                                                     

"Austin’s sewage sludge could roll down to Fayette County" (Ellinger, TX)
"Austin’s sewage sludge might soon be headed to ranchland 70 miles southeast of the city, near the Colorado River in eastern Fayette County... But some in Fayette County say the 1,665-acre proposed site is the wrong place for sludge... County Judge Ed Janecka said as much as two-thirds of the proposed sludge site is in the Colorado River flood plain..."
News story: My Statesman                        Entry contributed by Linda Gorski & Larry Ripper  
Facebook: Project: Save the Colorado River    

"Cleanup plans could give San Jacinto River new life" (Houston, TX)
"The San Jacinto River's west fork runs for 35 miles below the Lake Conroe dam, providing alternate glimpses of tall pines and gravel mines, willow oaks and busy overpasses. The waterway is prone to flood, not to inspire. But the sporadically beautiful river is getting a second look from state and local officials, who are making a new push to make it safe for swimming and wading again..."
Complete story: Chronicle                                                         

"Another man gets sick from 'flesh-eating' bacteria after visiting Texas Gulf Coast beach" (Port Aransas, TX)
"Another man has been diagnosed with an infection from a "flesh-eating" bacteria after a trip to a Texas Gulf Coast beach.  KXAN-TV reported that 42-year-old Adrian Ruiz became sick after a Father's Day trip to the beach with his family in Port Aransas. The news station reported that he was running a fever within a day and had a rash on his leg. Ruiz' doctor told him that he had developed an infection from Vibrio, a bacteria that lurks in all saltwater and brackish water..."
Complete story: Chronicle                                                         

"Kayak completes Australia to New Zealand voyage, without paddler" (Australia)
"Stuart Cleary set out in late 2014 to paddle solo from Australia to New Zealand. But in the end, it was his homemade kayak that completed the 1,200-mile journey on its own. Just hours into the trip, Cleary ran into equipment problems. Later, his kayak started taking on water, and he was forced to abandon the vessel before being rescued at sea. Eighteen months later, the kayak has washed up on a New Zealand beach close to where Cleary had intended to make landfall..."
Complete story: Christian Science Monitor                                                           Entry contributed by Harmon Everett.

"Polish grandpa heads from New York to Portugal in a kayak" (New York, NY)
"A Polish grandfather left New York on May 29 on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing in a kayak, aiming to arrive in Portugal in time for his 70th birthday in September. Aleksander Doba, a star at home, gained global attention when he was named a National Geographic adventurer of the year in 2015..."
Complete story:                                                      

"Blind Kayaker Conquers The Zambezi River" (Africa)
"Lonnie Bedwell, a veteran and extreme sports athlete who lost his sight in a 1997 hunting accident, has kayaked many challenging rivers, including the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. His barrier-breaking pursuits earned him a 2015 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year nomination..."
Complete story: Rapid Media                                                       

"Dead Kayaker's Fianceé Was Not a Suspect in His Murder Until She Confessed to Police" (New York)
"A New York State Police investigator says that Angelika Graswald was not a suspect in the disappearance of her fiancé during a kayaking trip on the Hudson River last year until she allegedly told an investigator that she removed a small plug on the top of his kayak and "sabotaged" his paddle..."
Complete story: Yahoo (1) Yahoo (2)                                                      

"7 Most Common Mistakes of Wilderness Canoeists"
"After paddling North America’s lakes and rivers for more than 60 years, author and adventurer Cliff Jacobson has unfortunately seen it all. In his own words, America’s renowned canoeing authority shares seven of the most common—and dangerous—mistakes he sees on the water..."
Complete story: Canoeroots Magazine                                                          

"Subaru VIP Program"
"The American Canoe Association is proud to count Subaru of America among its corporate sponsors.  Subaru is the official vehicle of the ACA.  As part of Subaru's support for the association, ACA members are eligible to participate in the Subaru VIP Partners Program.  VIP pricing allows members to save between $1,000 and $3,000 off of Subaru vehicles..."
Complete story: American Canoe Assoc.                                            Entry contributed by Frank Ohrt.

"Charity Navigator Awards American Whitewater Sixth Consecutive 4-Star Rating"
"Charity Navigator, America's largest independent evaluator of charities, announced that American Whitewater has earned its sixth consecutive 4-star rating. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that American Whitewater adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way..."
Complete story: American Whitewater                                                   Entry contributed by Frank Ohrt.

"Alligator captured by visitors at Surfside Beach"
"The Father's Day weekend had an exciting interruption Saturday afternoon when an alligator was spotted swimming in Surfside Beach, according to several witnesses..."
Complete story: Click2Houston                                                               Entry contributed by Christy Long.

"11 Parks to Paddle"
"These trails offer people of all skill levels an opportunity to experience our state from a unique perspective: cruising quietly down creeks, rivers, sloughs, bayous and lakes..."
Complete story: Texas Parks & Wildlife                                               Entry contributed by Natalie Wiest.