Danielle Katz and John Dye, founder and co-founder of Rivers for Change, have officially begun their 1,900-mile, human powered paddling project.
Beginning in January with the lower Yuba and completing the 111-mile trip down the Russian River in February, the 12 Rivers in 2012 campaign commenced its mission to explore, source to sea, California’s most significant watersheds. As impressive as this is, it’s only the beginning for Katz, Dye, and the rest of their team.
Throughout the year, they plan to travel the Salinas, Los Angeles, American, Tuolumne, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Mokelumne, Klamath, and Feather Rivers. The adventurers are separated into two groups in order to travel the entire feasible length of each river.
In the spring and early summer (when the runoff is most significant), the Headwaters Team composed of Kokatat Ambassadors Galen Licht and Darin McQuoid, along with Seth Dow, will paddle the uppermost runnable section of each watershed. Below, the Mainstream Team will take over to complete the long journey to the ocean.
The idea behind 12 Rivers in 2012 is that by undertaking expeditions to travel these rivers from their origins to the sea, the team will gain a comprehensive and unprecedented view of each watershed as well as garner widespread attention for the threats they face. By inviting community members along for portions of the adventure (Community Conservation Paddle Days), Rivers for Change aims to inspire participants to become advocates for their local rivers.
In addition to engaging communities in stewardship, 12 Rivers in 2012 will collect scientific data along the way to help provide important information on the health of the riparian ecosystems.
More info go to riversforchange.org