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Our Kennebec River Source to Sea launches July 6th! 

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Kennebec River. Photo by Joe Klementovich

It’s been 25 years since the Edwards Dam Removal! And our ambassador team made up of Chris Morgan, Jessica Sterling, and Stuart Hickey are headed 170 miles Source to Sea down the Kennebec River to help celebrate this milestone!

This corridor has seen an incredible rebound, with the resurgence of anadromous fish bringing back healthy fisheries and cleaner water. We’re thrilled to see this team connect with the river and help riverside communities engage with this integral watershed in their backyard!

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Chris Morgan navigates the Kennebec Gorge. Photo: Rapid Shooters

 

 

Check out all the info on our Kennebec Source to Sea webpage

Watch the NRDC video about the 25th Anniversary of the Edward Dam Removal

If you’re local to the area, we hope you’ll join in some of the events:

July 9th: Skowhegan Paddle

July 10th: Fort to Fort Paddle

Huge shout out to all the partners and sponsors for helping support our ambassadors and this campaign!

Patagonia and Patagonia Freeport, Level Six, Pyranha Kayaks, Pinniped Kayak, Walker Knife Co., Good To-Go, Hyperlite Mountain Gear, Hala Gear, Rocky Mountain Rafts, UCS Spirit, Skowhegan Outdoors, and to Main Streets-Skowhegan, Gardiner, Mid-Maine Chamber, and Augusta Downtown.

And to Natural Resources Council of Maine, Atlantic Salmon Federation, Maine Rivers, Trout Unlimited for all the work they do to protect and restore this river!

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Amy Borch and Eli Studer on a slow but peaceful stretch of the Sandy River. Photo: Joe Klementovich


Sandy Source to Kennebec Recap

In mid-May, Rivers for Change Ambassadors Joe Klementovich, Matt Palmariello, Clark Tate, Amy Borch, and Eli Studer paddled 73 miles from the Source of the Sandy to the confluence of the Kennebec.

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Sandy River looking downstream to Phillips. Photo by Matt Palmariello

The Sandy is a tributory to the Kennebec river and provides pristine spawning habitat for salmon, alewives and other anadromous fish. You can find more about the campaign and the amazing ambassadors here.

Matt Palmariello has the full trip report… Read it here.

View photos from the journey by Joe Klementovich here.

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Amy Borch enjoying some of the quick water on the Sandy. Photo by Joe Klementovich


Announcing Home 2 Headwaters Education Partnership

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Can you believe IT’S BEEN TWO YEARS?!? On June 28, 2022 Nina started her 240-mile walking journey of tracing where her drinking water comes from.

She spent 33 days walking from Lisjan Ohlone land (Oakland) to the headwaters of the Mokelumne River on Washoe Land. There are 1.4 million residents in the East Bay of California who source their drinking water from the Mokelumne River, yet 9.5/10 people you ask will never have even heard of this river or know where it is!

We hope to change that!

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Home 2 Headwaters and Rivers For Change are excited to announce a formal partnership to bring Mokelumne River education into schools! H2H and RFC are going to get deep into fundraising, grant writing, and program development so that the next generation can learn where their water comes from.

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Background: Nina was an RFC grantee in 2022 and is excited to take the next steps in this project’s development and for H2H to feel the ripples of impact that collaboration brings. She has always admired RFC for its source to sea efforts and is appreciative of the support she’s received so far.

Rivers for Change is thrilled to partner with Nina. We have been inspired by Nina’s dedication to Home2Headwaters and the opportunity it brings to advance water source education and answer one of our favorite questions: “What river are you showering in?”


Both of our orgs see our society’s disconnect between rivers and drinking water. We are grateful to have found each other to bridge these two life-giving sources. The more humans connect to water sources, the more we will have the knowledge we need to tend to waterways amidst a changing climate.

If you’re interested in supporting this project please reach out!


10-year anniversary of 2014 San Joaquin Source to Sea

We can hardly believe it!

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John Dye, John Sutter, Danielle Katz after John S. completed his source-to-sea. Photo: RFC

 

 

 

It’s been a decade since John Sutter traveled 417 miles, source-to-sea, down the San Joaquin.

Rivers for Change was thrilled to help collaborate, paddle, walk, and support John throughout the journey. That trip was an inspiration for the impact that a source-to-sea adventure can have on education and conservation!

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John Sutter and John Dye Photo: John Sutter

 

 

 

John’s takeaways from that trip included:

-The San Joaquin isn’t a “dead” river even though its midsection has been amputated by farmers and engineers. 

-Highways sound like rivers, and not the other way around. 

-Rivers connect us; their stories are our stories. We shouldn’t be so blind to them.

And, of course, the type 2 highlights of:

-Walking 48 miles of dry river bed, heat, blisters and all

-Forcing John to drink left over Mac N Cheese Water to Leave No Trace

-Finishing the journey in terrifying, choppy seas

Take a look down memory lane and the incredible CNN report by John

https://riversforchange.org/sourcetosea/2014-san-joaquin/

Happy Anniversary!


Move with Purpose

This summer we have launched a FUN-tastic fundraiser! As we move towards our exciting goal of hiring a part-time Executive Director, we need ALL HANDS ON DECK!

Do you have an adventure on the horizon? Are you gearing up for a race or simply embracing more movement during these long summer days? Make your activity more meaningful by supporting Rivers for Change.

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Photo: Seventy48

 

 

Examples: Co-founder John Dye and Board Member Amy Byers used their epic under 13 hr and 2nd place finish time in the Seventy48 to raise funds for RFC!

The Kennebec Source to Sea Team is raising funds with their 170-mile paddle!

Co-founder Danielle Katz is utilizing a more still approach with a “I will meditate for 30 days and donate $30-will you match me?” pledge.

No matter what you’re doing this summer, you can make it purposeful and support RFC in the process.

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Take Action this Plastic Free July

While we LOVE a good paddle cleanup. We’re hoping that you will join us this July in pledging to use some reusables and take stock of what single-use items you may be able to replace in your life!

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John Dye on a morning workout turned cleanup. There’s ALWAYS time to pickup some extra trash!

 

 

If you need some inspiration, head over to Plastic Free July or check out this handy calendar with one simple activity a day to implement!

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Join Our Board of Directors

We are at an exciting time growing RFC and are looking for board members with financial, legal, fundraising, strategic planning, and succession planning skills! Read our board job description and reach out to danielle (at)riversforchange.org to learn more about ways to get involved!


Donate

Will you join us as we continue to expand our programming and staff? Your donation will help ensure we can continue to connect people to rivers, and support education and conservation for the arteries of the world, our rivers.

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