Friday January 11th 2013: 9am-2pm 

Join Rivers for Change and SYRCL for a paddle day on the lower Yuba

, Paddle on the Lower Yuba: a Community Conservation Paddle Day with Rivers for Change and SYRCL to kick off the Wild and Scenic Film Festival!, Rivers For Change

Bring your own boat, a lunch, and a change of clothes. Meet at 9am at Hammon Park. We will then unload gear at the put in and then run a shuttle to the take out. Paddle goes rain or shine, so  please dress warmly, bring appropriate layers and rain gear for any weather (you may get splashed!). Free, but donations are welcome. If you need a spot in a boat there is a small additional rental fee, $10 for adults, $5 for minors. Minors must be accompanied by a Guardian and know how to swim. Participants will be required to sign a liability release.

The paddle will be from Hammon Grove Park to Hallwood Blvd (about 7.5 miles). It is a class I/II section with a required portage around Daguerre Point Dam, which is the site of a proposed new hydropower project. You will also have an opportunity to view one of SYRCL’s innovative restoration projects, and view gold mining tailings (viewable from outer space) left over from hydraulic mining.

It’s the perfect chance to get on the river and learn about the Yuba River with SYRCL’s River Science Director before enjoying a weekend of inspiring films at the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

Please register online at:

In addition RFC will be presenting a workshop in the Activist Center.

Saturday the 12th, 9:30-10:30am, Rivers for Change: 12 Rivers in 2012
To build a better picture of California rivers in their entirety, Danielle Katz and John Dye set out to travel the length of 12 California Rivers from source to sea in one year. The purpose was to marry high adventure with a conservation message and build continuity among communities along their watersheds. A group of kayakers and photographers comprised the headwaters team to tackle the class V waters of the upper rivers. Another group, including Katz and Dye joined in to complete the lower reaches. Along the way, the groups collected citizen science data, shared paddle days with communities and documented their travels. Join Katz and Dye as they present the challenges and triumphs of their journey: Racing to float on rivers that were quickly drying up during a drought year, balancing the efforts of data collection with traveling on a schedule, encountering water unsafe for swimming and mysteries of disappearing rivers.