Jan 272012

Join us for a day as we make our way down the Russian Source to Sea in February. Meet us on Friday February the 10th at Alexander Valley Campground with your boat, a lunch, some warm layers, and a change of clothes. We’ll shuttle cars to the take-out and then launch, traveling 15 miles downstream to Veterans Memorial Park. Must be comfortable in Class 2, swift water, with some sharp turns. Winter paddling conditions. Learn about some of the threats faced by this river and the wonderful work the Russian Riverkeeper is doing! You can register for this free event at http://russianpaddle.eventbrite.com

On Saturday we’ll be at the Healdsburg Wild Steelheed Festival for the day, so if you’re not up to paddling be sure to stop on by!

 January 27, 2012  No Responses »
Jan 092012

There’s a lot happening in Nevada City this weekend for the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

“It is only natural that the South Yuba River Citizens League, (SYRCL) whose mission is to protect and restore the Yuba River and the Greater Yuba Watershed, would integrate the importance of watersheds throughout the Wild & Scenic Film Festival’s 10th anniversary.  Because Nevada City is united by the Yuba River, as always, our 2012 official selections include strong films about rivers and the role rivers play in rivers in human communities. This year we are excited to include many organizations, who are partners in our shared concern for California rivers.”

We’ll be jump starting this incredible weekend of films and events on Wednesday, our first day on the water! Thursday we kick off with a Community Conservation Paddle Day, and throughout the weekend we will be a part of some amazing river events put on by the fabulous folks at SYRCL.

In addition we’ll be collection our first bits of data for Kris Yeager and kicking off the Stream View Project.

We hope you can come out and join us for an exciting weekend!

 January 9, 2012  No Responses »
Jan 052012



Rivers for Change to Paddle 12 California Watersheds “Source to Sea” in 2012

 The non-profit teams up with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation to undertake this first-of-its-kind project. 

San Francisco, January 5, 2012 – Today, Rivers for Change announces its campaign to paddle 12 Critical California watersheds “Source to Sea” in 2012. Danielle Katz and John Dye of Rivers for Change believe that beginning at the source of a river and traveling all the way to the sea, will creates an never-before seen comprehensive view of a the entirety of the watershed. Fueled solely by human power, the expedition includes trips on the Yuba, Russian, Salinas, Los Angeles, American, Tuolumne, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Mokelumne, Klamath, and Feather.

Partnering with Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation, the non-profit connecting adventure athletes with scientists who need them to collect data, the team of paddlers will gather scientific data along the way. In addition, Rivers for Change will collect geo-tagged photos for Below the Surface and the USGS’s Streamview project to help create an online living legacy of America’s Waterways.

“This project allows us to take a step back and look at the whole picture instead of just a section of it. You experience both the pristine beauty and altering effects of human impact,” says Katz. “It begs the question: how can we find the balance between use and overuse? How do we become river stewards to preserve this resource for future generations?”

Regarding 12 Rivers in 2012: “We don’t have a water shortage in the west.  We have lack of care for our water resources.” Observes Dye.  “We choose to look at the issue up close traveling each mile by small boats, recording what we find.”

With over 1,900 miles of paddling, a host of portages, and too many freeze dried meals to count-the team will have an inspiring collection of stories to tell. The campaign will engage in community conservation paddle days, river clean- ups, and events with local non-profits throughout the year.

Their first trip begins on Jan 12 on the Yuba. Those interested in upcoming events, rivers, sponsorship and donations can find us on facebook, twitter or at www.riversforchange.org

About Rivers for Change

Rivers for Change was founded in October of 2011 with the mission to inspire and engage people and communities in stewardship and conservation to promote the protection, health, and revitalization of our rivers and watersheds. Marrying adventure with conservation, founders Danielle Katz and John Dye bring over 40 years of river, ocean kayaking, and rafting experience to bear on pressing water issues. The group is fiscally sponsored by the River Network while their 501(c)3 status is confirmed.



Danielle Katz, Executive Director:  213.220. 3686  danielle@riverforchange.org

John Dye, Associate Director: 415.299.0827 john@riversforchange.org



 January 5, 2012  No Responses »
Jan 022012

Rivers for Change is kicking off their 12 Rivers in 2012 stewardship and conservation campaign to paddle down 12 critical California watersheds Source to Sea throughout the year. Come join them on the Yuba River on Thurs Jan 12th. Bring your own boat, a lunch, and a change of clothes. Paddle from Parks Bar to Hallwood Blvd. (10.9 miles class I and II with one mandatory portage around Daguerre Dam). Meet at 9:30 am at Parks Bar. We will unload gear and then run a shuttle down to Hallwood Blvd, before getting on the river. Paddle goes rain or shine. Free, will be required to sign a liability release.

Register online at http://riversforchangesouthyuba.eventbrite.com/

It’s the perfect chance to get on the river before enjoying a weekend of inspiring films at the Wild and Scenic Film festival in Nevada City!

Directions to Parks Bar:
from Marysville: To reach Parks Bar drive east from Marysville about 18 miles on CA highway 20. When you first see the large bridge over the river, look for the Parks Bar side road on the right. Follow it about .5 miles past some houses and almost under the bridge.

from Bay Area or Sacramento: Take Interstate 80 east through Sacramento to Auburn, then north on highway 49 to Grass Valley, and finally west on highway 20 until you cross over the Yuba River. Parks Bar is just after you cross over the Yuba River on your left (south) side of the Hwy. Turn left and follow the road about .5 miles past some houses and almost under the bridge.

from Grass Valley: Take Hwy 20 headed west out of town (Empire exit off the freeway). Travel approximately 18 miles, cross over the Yuba River and take a left onto Parks Bar. Follow the road about .5 miles past some houses and almost under the bridge.

 January 2, 2012  No Responses »