River lovers of all ages are invited to lend a hand at the 24th Annual River Clean-up and Appreciation on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 AM to 1:30 PM.  Volunteers will help clear trash from the banks of the Upper Sacramento River and bordering areas.  In 2015, Clean-Up volunteers collected more than 450 pounds of trash.  In addition to being an eye-sore that damages our image with visitors, trash can hurt wild things both in and out of the water.

Volunteers can register from 9 AM to 10 AM on Sept. 24 at the parking lot next to the Dunsmuir baseball field, near the Dunsmuir Parks and Recreation office at 4841 Dunsmuir Ave. in North Dunsmuir. Children should be accompanied by a supervising adult.  Volunteers will be given location assignments and maps, trash bags, and gloves.  At 11:30, participants will regroup at Dunsmuir City Park for free pizza, awards, and fun activities. The event ends at 1:30 PM.  

The River Exchange sponsors this annual event with support from “Businesses That Care,” local businesses that give to support the Clean-Up and the ongoing stewardship and education projects of The River Exchange.  Donations are still being sought for this year’s event.  For more information about the Clean-Up or how to contribute, please contact Michelle Andras at riverexchange50@gmail.com, or call 235-2012.   

The River Exchange is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting healthy watersheds through community involvement in stewardship, restoration, and education. 

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Rebooting The River Exchange - Meeting #2

7 pm Thursday, August 11, 2016

Firewhat Classroom
5727 Dunsmuir Avenue
Dunsmuir CA

A nucleus of educators, science types, conservationists, and other river enthusiasts has begun discussing “re-booting” The River Exchange.  We are considering new pathways, different business models, retaining what works, and bringing in new, younger leadership, interests, and know-how.   

Fourteen interested people attended our first public “Reboot the River Exchange” meeting on June 21.   Executive Director Phil Detrich described the present status in terms of finances, activities, and participation.  We exchanged a lot of ideas, and various folks are considering different paths and how they might contribute.

Since that meeting, two people from diverse backgrounds have agreed to join our Board of Directors!  They are Michelle Andras and Peter Arth.   Michelle is a Mt. Shasta native, young mother, and experienced environmental educator.  Peter is a retired attorney, former mayor of Dunsmuir, and local benefactor.  What a great start for the Reboot!

Please join us at the FireWhat classroom on August 11, 7:00 pm!

After 22 years, we’re proud of our accomplishments and certain that there is still great value and creative potential in The River Exchange.  Our mission still rings true: “To promote healthy watersheds through community involvement in stewardship, restoration, and education.’

Fly Fishing Legend Frank Moore to speak at the May 16 MountainFilm Festival

The amazing Frank Moore will be speaking at the 2015 MountainFilm Festival presented by The River Exchange at the California Theatre in Dunsmuir on May 16th. He is the subject of a film called "Mending the Line", which will be shown as part of the Mountainfilm on Tour 2015 lineup. 

This is a huge honor for our community to have him in attendance and speaking to the audience. Tickets for this event are a mere $10 (cheap!). You can purchase your tickets in advance at Village Books, the Fifth Season, or at the River Exchange office.

Mark your calendar, you won't want to miss this event, it is going to be a very special evening for the Sacramento Watershed community! For more information go here: http://www.riverexchange.org/




Railroad Safety Is a Hot Topic

The topic of crude oil being transported across the US has been in the news a lot lately. On June 12th the Record Searchlight did a feature story about the issue, which included a quote from our Executive Director, Phil Detrich.  The Sacramento Bee published a story on June 16th about these issues, and a report from the State of California's Interagency Rail Safety Work Group was just released about the potential dangers of transporting crude oil via rail; you can check out the report here: http://www.sfgate.com/file/830/830-SCAN6267.PDF

In order to address increasing concerns about train derailments and potential risks to the Upper Sacramento River and the Dunsmuir community, we held a Railroad Safety Public Meeting on June 23rd at the Performing Arts and Cultural Center (POPS) at 5819 Sacramento Avenue, Dunsmuir, CA. This event was one of many railroad safety meetings The River Exchange has hosted since its inception in 1996. 

The public meeting featured presentations from the California Public Utilities Commission on the increasing rail tank car traffic in California, from Union Pacific regarding their efforts to ensure train safety, and from the Siskiyou County Environmental Health Department regarding accident response procedures.  The public asked questions at the meeting after the presentations.

Many thanks to Peg Berry for generously granting the funds to video record this meeting. Video available below.

Links to presentations given at the June 23rd Railroad Safety public meeting:

California Public Utilities Safety and Enforcement Division: Crude Oil, Ethanol Railroad Shipment Review, Safety Activity, Highlights, by Paul King, PhD, Deputy Director Safety and Enforcement Division  
CPUC SED SafetyReport 02.05.14

Union Pacific Railroad, Dunsmuir Community Meeting presentation, by Lisa Stark, Director of Public Affairs UPRR
Union Pacific Rail Safety

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response, Crude Oil by Rail Increase, by Alexia Retallack, Director of Public Affairs OSPR
OSPR Crude Oil by Rail Increase

River Celebration Postponed

We have decided to postpone our annual River Celebration Fundraiser scheduled for May 31st. The annual Celebration is an important event for us, not only as a source of funding, but as one of the ways we keep in touch with our supporters and the broader community. With an exciting office move and a “Railroad Safety Public Meeting” coming up in June, we feel it is important to focus our attention on those activities. We plan to hold a fundraising event later this year that will be fun, unique and informative.

Thank you for your support of our mission to promote healthy watersheds. Stay tuned for other announcements posted to our News page, or visit our Facebook page

Spring 2014 Newsletter Is Out!

There's a lot of news from the River Exchange; take a look at our Spring 2014 newsletter for updates about our programs, grant projects and event calendar. You can check out an electronic version by following this link.

If you are a current member of the River Exchange, you will be receiving a copy of the newsletter in the mail soon. If you'd like to receive a hard copy, just give us a call at (530) 235-2012 and we'll get one in the mail to you.

Thank you for all you do to support the health of our local waters, and have a great day!

"Golden Era of Fly Fishing" Exhibit on Display at Dunsmuir Museum

A great article about the legacy of legendary Upper Sacramento River fly fishing guide, Ted Fay, was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle; check out the article here. The article mentions that the River Exchange's "The Golden Era of Fly Fishing" exhibit is on display at the Dunsmuir Museum, located at the Amtrak Railroad Depot, at 5750 Sacramento Avenue in Dunsmuir, CA.

The exhibit was created in 1999, with funding from the James Irvine Foundation and the California Council of the Humanities, and with valuable assistance from Craig Ballenger. This exhibit recalls a vanished era between 1850 and 1946 when the Upper Sacramento canyon's fishery and scenery were celebrated by the American press.

Stop in at the Dunsmuir Museum and check out all of the historic displays...and tell them the River Exchange sent you!