Mar 272013

Klamath Mural
In following RFC’s mission to strengthen peoples’ connection to rivers and waterways, we are often incredibly inspired by the work of other organizations that further river conservation and community engagement. The Klamath River #WaterWrites Mural Project is one such source of inspiration.

Water Writes Klamath Mural Video

Born from a collaboration between the Klamath Justice Coalition and Bay Area’s Estria Foundation:

“The mural portrays the story of the removal the dams from the Klamath River. Dancers are painted bringing balance back to the river with their world renewal ceremony. To their left are images of past industry and the effects left on the land and water; mine tailings from hydraulic mining, toxic algae from industrial farming and hydroelectric dams, and the fish kill of 2002. To their right, is the vision of a future healthy river after the largest dam removal project in human history is complete; salmon are swimming strong, people are fishing and harvesting, and trade is strengthening the community. Coyote is represented in the center as a catalyst for change. The mural is completed by a frog foot pattern border, to symbolize healing.” ~Nancy Hernandez, Water Writes Mural Project Manager

Many artists and community members contributed to the completion of this project in the Amayav Farmers Market of Orleans, CA. The Klamath River Mural is one of ten planned projects around the globe as part of the Estria Foundation’s #WaterWrites mural series which highlights community access to safe drinking water, river restoration and waterways conservation. The series aims to link international communities in creatively raising consciousness about these issues.

Last year, Rivers for Change helped spotlight the Klamath as a part of their 12 Rivers Campaign. Traveling the river from source to sea while engaging communities in stewardship and conservation. We look forward to following the progress of Estria Foundation’s international #WaterWrites mural series as well as celebrating the Klamath River’s continual restoration.


More Information:

Estria Foundation #WaterWrites Project:

Klamath Riverkeeper:

Klamath Justice Coalition:

Rivers for Change Klamath River Source to Sea:


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Rivers for Change hosted a successful 21st Cow Patty Pageant Paddle Race on February 2nd! We had a fabulous turn out and almost matched our record number of paddlers with 51 people out on the beautiful Estero Americano. Race results can be viewed here. 2013 CPP Results
If you haven’t checked seen some of the photos from the Cow Patty you can do so on the Rivers for Change Facebook page. Feel free to tag and share!

There have also been a few videos compiled:
Helen put together this recap:
And Carter nailed almost all of you paddling across the finish line, in case you want to evaluate your form at the end of a race:

Many of you have started training for the Cal 100. Remember there are pre-race trainings happening with Carter Johnson to help you prepare. Visit for more info and to register for the race if you haven’t already.

Our 2013 Source to Sea campaign will be taking place in May on the Sacramento River. Follow along as the Rivers for Change Source to Sea Team makes their way from the top of Mount Shasta to the Golden Gate Bridge under human power.  We will be hosting several community events along the way. Check out our website,,  for up to date info as these events get under way.

The CPP benefited RFC, Sonoma Land Trust, and the Valley Ford Volunteer Fire Dept.

Your support helps Rivers for Change to engage people with their rivers and promote conservation through grassroots community collaboration.

We look forward to seeing you on the water again soon.

Paddles up!


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