Sue Norman, Team Leader: is a long time river enthusiast, starting at the tender age of 2.5 on family canoe trips in the Ozarks. In addition to a lifetime of recreational pursuits on rivers, she was also a member of several US whitewater kayaking and rafting teams, competing on rivers all over the world. Her accomplishments include winning the National Whitewater Kayak Slalom Championships in 1982, and several world championships as a member of the US Women’s Whitewater Rafting Team. In 2016, Sue retired from a 27 year career as a hydrologist with the US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. During her career, she and her staff completed numerous watershed, stream channel, and meadow restoration projects throughout the Tahoe Basin (including the Upper and Middle Truckee River) in collaboration with a wide variety of state and local partners. She currently lives in Truckee, CA with her partner Lisa and her seven year old son Seth.
A small core team will be formed to complete the entire journey, including several long endurance paddles, as well as up to Class IV whitewater.
The Truckee StS adventure will engage with schools throughout the watershed through dynamic in-class presentations, and out of classroom events along the river to facilitate in-depth interaction with a variety of river/watershed stewardship partners. In addition, a team of student ambassadors representing multiple schools located along the Truckee River watershed will be formed to complete several key legs of the source to sea journey.
There will be numerous opportunities for guest paddlers to participate on key legs of this journey floating through beautiful meandering meadow/wetland reaches, a scenic paddle along the west shore of Lake Tahoe, as well as navigating some fun whitewater sections between Tahoe City and Reno. Stay tuned for details and registration!