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, Kennebec Source to Sea Press Release, Rivers For Change

Chris Morgan ©Rapid Shooters

June 21, 2024 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two Stand-Up Paddlers and a Kayaker to paddle from Source to Sea on the Kennebec River

The Forks, Maine – Starting on July 5th, Rivers for Change Ambassadors: Chris Morgan, Jessica Sterling, and Stuart Hickey, will start a source to sea journey from Moosehead Lake to Popham Beach on the Kennebec River. Paddling the 175-mile-long river will take a week and include paddle-along events in Skowhegan, Waterville/Winslow, and Augusta.

Rivers for Change, cultivates source to sea adventures as a catalyst for conservation and education. They work to engage, inspire, and connect individuals and communities in watersheds throughout the globe. 

The focus for this Source to Sea paddle is to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Edwards Dam removal, which allowed anadromous fish such as salmon, sturgeon, and alewives to travel farther inland. In addition to celebrating the dam removal, the hope is to catalog all of the possible put-in, take-out, and campsites along the way so that a paddle trail could be started, and others can make day or overnight trips.

“The Kennebec River has become much cleaner in recent decades, and people should realize how much of a recreational gem it is all along its 175-mile corridor,” says Chris Morgan lead paddler for the project. “The inspiration for this paddle was to celebrate the 25th year anniversary of the Edwards Dam removal and to bring awareness to the many recreational and commercial opportunities the Kennebec provides”

The public paddle event in Skowhegan will be on Tuesday, July 9th starting at 3 pm. The paddle segment will be located just below the dam in the gorge at the Skowhegan River Park, where a whitewater park and surfing wave will begin construction sometime next year.

The second event will be on Wednesday, July 10th at 12pm starting  in Winslow at Fort Halifax and will be a float to Fort Western in Augusta. There is a take out/put in located in Sidney if paddlers do not want to travel the full distance. At the moment, no shuttle will be available at either event.

“Connecting people from source to sea is at the heart of what we do,” said Danielle Katz co-founder and director of Rivers for Change. “This journey on the Kennebec River is a perfect example of how rivers can inspire and bring communities together.”

Additional partners include numerous sponsors in the paddling industry, non-profit organizations, and Main Streets.

Check out the Facebook page at Kennebec River Source to Sea for more information, and visit Rivers for Change’s Kennebec page for more information.

 

, Kennebec Source to Sea Press Release, Rivers For Change

Chris Morgan ©Rapid Shooters