Come one come all to the 27th annual River Clean-Up. This year we have more golden rock prizes hidden for you and your family to find while picking up trash along the river. We are looking for more business who care sponsors this year. If interested call 530.500.2114.
Early May we had the pleasure to work with students from Dunsmuir Elementary school to talk about the importance of our watershed and why we should keep it clean. After our discussion we went to the streets of Dunsmuir to stencil our local storm drains. The students did an excellent job and enjoyed being a critical part of our Watershed Stewardship responsibilities.
2019 River Clean-Up date has been set for Sept. 21st starting at 9 AM. Come on out and help keep our watershed clean.
Students from Mr.Adkisson’s 5th grade class spent the day learning about the importance of watershed and clean water prior to going out and stenciling storm drains.
After the students attempted to get their clean water through a maze filled with glitter, plastics and other pollutants they went out to start marking and mapping storm drains that feed to our rivers.
This years river clean-up involved an art activity for our local schools.
Local volunteers put together special art paper and instructions to be circulated around to the local schools. Student were asked to draw what a watershed means to them. We are tickled with the results. Special thanks to Laura Hegel for organizing this project and Dunsmuir Rotary for providing prizes for the selected winners of this art project. Winners will be notified shortly.
Dunsmuir, CA - River lovers and watershed stewards of all ages are invited to lend a hand at the 26th Annual River Clean-up and Appreciation on Saturday, Oct. 6th, from 9 AM to 1:30 PM. Volunteers will help clear trash from the banks of the Upper Sacramento River and bordering areas. In 2016 and 2017, Clean-Up volunteers collected more than 1000 pounds of trash from the Upper Sacramento River area each year. In addition to being an eye-sore that damages our image with visitors, trash can hurt wild animals both in and out of the water and collect in our lakes and oceans. With recent fire activity in this watershed, it is crucial that we help maintain the health of our watersheds. This year we will emphasize safety and avoid recently burned areas.
Volunteers can register from 9 AM to 10 AM on Oct. 6th 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 and awards. 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 Cassie Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org -call (530) 500-2114.
The River Exchange is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting healthy watersheds through community involvement in stewardship, restoration, and education. For more information about The River Exchange, see our website at www.riverexchange.org, and our Facebook page.
A big thanks goes out to The Pacific Power Foundation for awarding The River Exchange an educational grant. This grant will go directly towards our STREAM (Science, Technology, Restoration, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) program. We couldn't be more excited.
Published by Cassie Hansen
The River Exchange is excited to carry on the tradition of supporting the Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (BCPP) in live-tracking of Climbers -Climbing Against the Odds on Mt.Shasta. Like the River Exchange, BCPP support efforts that lead to clean living and healthy watersheds.
You can follow the teams progress by viewing the live maps https://arcg.is/uqXWO. Climbing teams are leaving this morning for basecamp and will be heading up to the summit tomorrow morning. Look for live pictures to be added to the map.
Come by and say hi to us at The River Exchange booth during the Siskiyou County STEM Fair. We will be demonstrating the connectivity of watersheds and the importance of watershed stewardship on May 19th from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM in the city of Mount Shasta.
For more information regarding the STEM fair visit: https://siskiyouscifest.com/
Nestled in a lush, forested canyon, flanked by the rapidly rolling, pristine Sacramento River, the historic Northern California railroad town of Dunsmuir not only attracts sports fishermen from around the world, but artists, photographers and poets also find inspiration along the banks of The River.
This fall, the Siskiyou Arts Museum in Dunsmuir will feature two, river-themed art shows by some dynamic and well-known artisans. Opening September 8 through October 6 “The River’s Depths,” will showcase the ceramic sculpture of international fisherman guide & local artist, Fred Gordon and the nature photography of John Rickard, also a sought-after fly-fishing guide.
Below: Peter Arth (far right) hands SAM Board Treasurer Joan Adams a check for $1,000 to sponsor two river-themed art shows, while Board Member Ernie Wasson holds a magnificent fish carved from an old surfboard by former Dunsmuir resident, John Remington Pearman. Peter also donated this “relief sculpture,” which will be the highlight of a planned auction benefitting The Siskiyou Arts Museum and The River Exchange.
Blog post and photo from: Siskiyou County Arts Museum
By Tristan Behm, Vice-President of the River Exchange Board.
Welcome to the 25th Annual Upper Sacramento River Clean-Up
That’s right, for 25 years volunteers from all over the state have come to help clean the Upper Sacramento River. 25 Years! That is truly amazing and from the bottom of the River Exchange’s heart, we thank all the volunteers over the years for coming out to make our world a better place. But, the work doesn’t stop and neither do the people who trash the river. So, on September 16th the 25th Annual Upper Sacramento River Clean-Up will be happening.
Volunteer Registration will start at 9:00am 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 1:00, participants will regroup at Dunsmuir City Park for free pizza, awards, and fun activities.
Then join us that evening at POPs. It will start at 5:00 p.m. with social hour (craft beer/wine) until dinner at 6:00 p.m. It will be a showcase of Southern cooking, featuring jambalaya, corn bread, yummy sides, and special Cajun dessert. Dinner tickets will be $15 each, and expected to go fast. Available at Dunsmuir Brewery Works, Gary's Pizza, Ted Fay Fly Shop, Dunsmuir Hardware, and Chamber Office.
Live music will begin at 7:30. The authentic Siskiyou sounds coming from Whiskey Gulch. Sponsors and champion volunteers will be recognized. Prizes will be awarded in various trashy categories (i.e. biggest ball of monofilament fishing line) and for finders of the "Golden Rocks" hidden in the clean-up zones.
The evening celebration is for all who help keep our river clean throughout the whole year. We would love to hear your story if you are a person who spends your afternoon by the river picking up trash. We want to celebrate the clean up that happens year-round. It's not just one day that this happens, it's everyday that the great citizens of Siskiyou County take the time to pick up trash along the river. Come and enjoy an evening dedicated to you, the true stewards of the river. See you out on the river on September 16th, and see you out on the dance floor that evening celebrating the place we live, beautiful Siskiyou County.
Guest blog by Lauren Steinheimer
California's greatest river originates right here in Siskiyou County. The headwaters of the Sacramento, the state's largest river, emerge from the Trinity Divide just north of Dunsmuir.
Locals know the Sacramento River is a precious resource for the community, one that draws tourists from around the world for prized fly fishing, floating and stunning photo opportunities. This is why they come together with the help of The River Exchange to protect and care for the river by picking up garbage and educating others on the importance of leaving no trace.
"If we can keep it clean, we can enjoy it for generations," said Dunsmuir City Council Member and former mayor Dave Keisler. He continued to share a story about a group of friends who have been visiting Dunsmuir every year since their grandparents brought them as children. Now, they still come each year, bringing their own grandchildren with them. "They come for the river," Keisler said.
"The River Exchange is one of the greatest things that happened for Dunsmuir," he added. "They're like the guardians of our watershed."
Great River Cleanup
Keisler has been participating in The River Exchange's annual Great River Cleanup for the past several years. In 2016, he and his volunteer crew helped bring in almost 300 out of the total 575 pounds of garbage collected along the river that day.
"Some of the stuff you find out there is just unreal," Keisler said of the trash. He continued to describe the annual contest to see who can bring in the largest wad of balled-up of fishing line. "One year, it was the size of a basketball," he said. "Last year, my group won and it was only about the size of a softball, so it's getting better, but that's still detrimental for fish and wildlife."
The Great River Cleanup takes place with cooperation from Union Pacific Railroad, who grants access to their property along the river for volunteers involved in the cleanup. Retired UP employee and Dunsmuir resident Robert Osborne said he used to be involved in the Great River Cleanup whenever he wasn't working, but since then he's taken it a step further and integrated cleanup practices into his regular routine.
Over the past few years, Osborne started picking up trash along some of the more popular river sites during walks with his dog, Clair. He usually stops to pick up a beer bottle or two around Hedge Creek Falls, Prospect Ave. or Tauhindauli Park.
"There are garbage cans and dog poop stations all over the city and most people are good at using them," Osborne said, "but three or four times it's been really bad. I've found t-shirts, beer cans and bottles, bags of garbage, that kind of stuff. I try to pick up what I can, but can't get all of it. I just really hate looking at other people's trash."
"I think The River Exchange is doing a great job and they're a big plus for our community," Osborne said.
Effect on tourism
World-class fly-fishing is one of Dunsmuir's major tourist attractions. Maintaining a healthy environment for fish and visitors alike is crucial to the town's economy.
That's why Keisler uses his role as a city leader to engage with visitors and educate them on keeping the river clean.
"Not only do we have the best water on Earth, we have the biggest fish in it," Keisler said.
California Fish and Wildlife stock the Sacramento River with trout, but the City of Dunsmuir supplements this with their own Trophy Trout Program every year. The program is aimed at promoting tourism with an annual contest to see who can catch the biggest fish.
"Water is everything in this town," Keisler said, "and Trophy Trout is something we do every year to bring more people to the water. The trash is like a slap in the face to the locals who want to keep it clean.
Osborne agreed, "It doesn't look good for the city and isn't good for the community as a whole. The economy has changed in this region. There's no more mill, the railroad isn't what it used to be... We have to rely on tourism."
Educate the litterbugs
No one knows exactly who is leaving garbage all along the river and this article isn't aimed at pointing fingers, but both Keisler and Osborne spoke of the importance of educating all river visitors on keeping the area clean, a message central to the mission of The River Exchange.
"This area has a high transient population," Keisler said. "I try to introduce myself when I can and I always emphasize respect."
He added that discouraging campfires in the woods surrounding the river is a key factor in maintaining a safe environment, especially after witnessing the Boles Fire devastation in neighboring town of Weed in 2014.
"We're trying really hard to build a safe trail to Mossbrae Falls, and one of the issues of resistance from the Saint Germain Foundation is the garbage left by visitors," Keisler said.
A lot of transients ride into town on railcars, something that Bruce Shoemaker of Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture attempts to counterbalance by rallying a crew of BBCRC volunteers for The Great River Cleanup every year.
"I'm enthused to see that The River Exchange is continuing its long involvement in the stewardship of the river through organizing this event and I'm happy to do my part," Shoemaker said. "We like to get a few volunteers to come down and participate, give back, help us out with this annual event and do our part to keep this amazing river a beautiful, pristine and healthy place."
Dunsmuir-based nonprofit The River Exchange invites Brewfest guests to stop by their
booth on Saturday, Aug. 5 and learn about how to keep our rivers clean through community
action at the 2017 State of Jefferson Brewfest at Dunsmuir City Park.
The River Exchange will be selling t-shirts, buttons, and reusable water bottles in addition
to giving away free information about healthy watershed management.
As organizers of the annual Great River Cleanup, The River Exchange has helped remove
almost 1,500 pounds of trash from the area surrounding the Sacramento River in the
region stretching from Box Canyon to Gibson over the past three years.
In addition to creating an eyesore for river visitors, trash left around the river creates a hazardous environment for the plants and animals that live both in and out of the water.
The Great River Cleanup is happening again this year on Saturday, Sept. 16, and The River
Exchange can use as many hands as possible to help out.
Anyone interested in volunteering with The Great River Cleanup is encouraged to contact
Scott Embrey or visit The River Exchange booth at Brewfest on August 5 to learn about
other opportunities to help maintain the gorgeous stretch of the Sacramento River that
flows through south Siskiyou County.
The River Cleanup is a family-friendly event, which featured activities for kids and is made
possible by a great crew of enthusiastic volunteers and generous donations from local
The River Exchange has recently gone through a “reboot” phase since it first started serving
as Siskiyou County's primary organization dedicated to river stewardship, restoration and
education over 20 years ago.
Maintaining a clean and healthy river for residents and tourists alike is central to the
mission of The River Exchange, but they are seeking to expand beyond the annual cleanup
event and integrate more community involvement in protecting our river. Ideas include
watershed biology education and trail development at Mossbrae Falls.
Former River Exchange Board President Phil Detrich speaks of the organization like it was
a mighty river itself, saying, "The organization has been really successful over time, and has
the ability to adapt and change shape to fit the needs of the community. We hope to bring
about a gradual focus on what we can accomplish in the near term. I don't think change is
going to happen rapidly, but I hope it happens steadily."
New and exciting this year is the addition of several fresh board members, including Vice
President Tristan Behm and Treasurer Peter Arth. Long-time Board member Chris
Stromsness will take over as President. Detrich will remain on the Board to continue work
on grant projects.
The River Exchange is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to promoting healthy watersheds
through community involvement in stewardship, restoration and education. To learn more
about The River Exchange, visit www.riverexchange.org or like them on Facebook.
Hello Friends of The River Exchange!
I’m SO excited! We have a great GIS Day program coming up, entitled “A Healthy Watershed-- 25 years after the Cantara Loop Spill!” And we’ve launched our crowd-sourced fundraising campaign! Three local groups are coming together to provide this great program: The River Exchange, Dunsmuir High School and FireWhat, Inc.
The day will be filled with people and agencies who took part in cleaning up the devastating Cantara Loop spill. We will use this day to kick off our big year-long S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) project, in which the students will be creating an after-action report looking at the local watersheds: biology, ecology, water quality, tourism, and local economies. As a part of this project, students will learn to use electronic mapping applications and produce maps that can be used for community watershed analysis and improvement, such as reporting illegal dumping locations along the Sacramento River.
Because the Cantara Spill happened before our students were even born, our third annual GIS Day on November 16 will be an opportunity for local students to learn about the impacts of the catastrophic spill on the river and the human community. They’ll learn how local and state agencies responded, and how the river has recovered.
You might recall that we’ve held evening events for the public for GIS Day in the past. This year we’re focusing on our event for students on November 16. But we’re planning a community-wide STEAM event for later in the winter. Watch for that!
We are currently seeking donations for this GIS Day event. Each year the students are awarded sweatshirts to commemorate this special day. In years past our students have referred to this day as being "better than Christmas.” (In our economically depressed community, many of the students get few, if any, presents at Christmas!) It's a pretty special sight to see local students walking around the streets wearing a GIS Day sweatshirt. Students say the sweatshirts give them a sense of belonging to something significant.
If you love maps, education, and the Sacramento River, and want to encourage the next generation of river lovers, please consider donating to this event. The fundraising campaign can be found at: REX_Dunsmuir_GIS.
OR mail your tax deductible donation check to:
The River Exchange, PO Box 784, Dunsmuir, CA, 96025
Please pass this information along if you know of someone who might want to support this amazing event. Thank you for your support!
Cassie Hansen, Ph.D
The River Exchange
THE RIVER EXCHANGE – CATALYST FOR WATERSHED STEWARDSHIP
The River Exchange is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting healthy watersheds through community involvement in stewardship, restoration, and education. Please check out The River Exchange Facebook page here:
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 email@example.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.
7 pm Thursday, August 11, 2016
5727 Dunsmuir Avenue
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.’
Dear Friends and Supporters --
I hope you have enjoyed some spring river time lately, and I want to thank you for your ongoing support and interest. This great community watershed organization has made a difference for our communities and a whole generation of young people.
Founded in 1994, the award winning River Exchange has served as an effective, and at times “inspirational,” forum for collaborative planning, serious dialogue, restoration, appreciation and fun hands-on education concerning the health of our southern Siskiyou County watersheds, especially the Upper Sacramento River.
Through the years, we have gone through several phases related to leadership, funding, mission tweaking, and staffing. And for the past two years, even with your support, we have been in a bit of a “down” phase, with funding and staffing at minimal levels.
During this time, we are proud that we’ve stayed afloat as an entirely volunteer organization with some funding for program costs. We’ve continued to deliver basic services like the Great River Cleanup (totaling about 600 pounds of trash in 2014 and 2015), and in 2015, the Mountain Film Festival. Also in 2015, we contracted to provide a watershed education coordinator for Dunsmuir Elementary, and we’re working toward continuing that successful and well-appreciated program.
The River Exchange retains a fine reputation locally and at the state level, and remains financially solvent. As a reputable non-profit, we are in a position to serve as a grant administrator and coordinator for community activities and watershed education, appreciation, conservation, and more.
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.’
Recognizing the continuing possibilities for education and community science in our wonderful surroundings, a nucleus of educators, science types, conservationists, and other river enthusiasts have emerged and begun discussing “re-booting” The River Exchange, building new leadership (yep, my time is nearly up), considering different business models, retaining what works, and bringing in younger energy, interests, and know-how.
Sadly, one of our most dedicated and beloved Board Members, Gene O’Rourke, recently passed away. We would like to recruit several new Board members to help guide our future efforts, as well as other volunteers with various types of expertise. We also celebrate our current high commitment board members, and especially founding board President and avid fisher/birder Chris Stromsness, who remains on the board today. Thank you all!
On the evening of June 21, we are holding an open discussion session to generate ideas and begin reforming our organization, leadership, and programs. Let’s make way for the future to emerge.
Please join us at the Cornet Building (where we share a cool space with up-and-coming innovative businesses Mountain Medics and FireWhat) at 5727 Dunsmuir Avenue at 7 pm on June 21 for refreshments and thoughtful conversation as we begin to Re-boot The River Exchange in 2016!
If you have ever been in on the beginning of co-creating a new effort with like-minded folks, you know that these can be highly innovative and the best of times!
I hope to see you on June 15th ! Bring all your ideas and imagination!
Phil Detrich, President of Board of Directors, The River Exchange
The evening of November 18th from 7:00 pm til 8:30 pm, Dunsmuir High School will host “GIS After Dark”, public presentations by local GIS professionals sharing some of the fascinating ways that GIS mapping is describing our communities and shaping planning for the future. Topics will include the geo design process of the Bunny Flat kiosk, to GIS used for wildland search and rescue, to slope stability of the OSO mud slide to monumental atmospheric river snow storms. The program will include a presentation of special interest by Dunsmuir resident Cassie Hansen, University of Nevada Reno, titled “Atmospheric Rivers: Major Weather Events on Mt. Shasta,” and Caroline Rose from University of Madison- Wisconsin who will be presenting her MS thesis titled: Mapping Technology in Wildland Search and Rescue: an Interview Study.
Please join us at the Dunsmuir High School auditorium for this special event!
Computer-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have become one of the most important tools in today’s society. Along with other educators around the world, The River Exchange is sponsoring this year's local student GIS day on November 18th, hosted at Dunsmuir High School in Dunsmuir. An evening program for the community is also being arranged, with details to be announced in coming days.
The theme for the student program this year is natural disasters, and the GIS Day event will be filled with natural disaster GIS-related activities as part of the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) education approach being implemented at Dunsmuir High School with support from The River Exchange. The day will conclude with the students participating in a global mapping project focusing on how life on earth would change if there was a massive volcanic eruption and ash cloud.
During the past year, Dunsmuir students have been regularly exposed to GIS, and it’s been integrated into their schoolwork across the curriculum. Literally every student can utilize GIS as a learning tool at some level. Some students now say that they want to study GIS in college and use GIS in their professional career.”
This event is made possible by donations, which can be mailed to The River Exchange, PO Box 784, Dunsmuir, CA 96025. You may also contribute by going to this fundraising link:
For more information regarding Dunsmuir GIS Day, please contact GIS Day organizers Spencer Adkisson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Cassie Hansen at email@example.com.
More information about worldwide GIS Day can be found at www.gisday.com
River lovers of all ages are invited to lend a hand at the 23rd Annual Great River Clean-Up on Saturday, September 19, from 9am to 1:30pm. Volunteers are asked to help clear the Upper Sacramento River of trash; for your efforts, you can win prizes and enjoy a lunch provided by The River Exchange.
The River Exchange is hosting this annual event to bring people of all ages together to care for the Upper Sacramento River. In addition to being an eye-sore, trash impedes water flow and can end up hurting river dwellers and other wildlife that depend on the river for sustenance.
Registration will be in the upper parking lot of the Dunsmuir City Park by the baseball field from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Volunteers will be given river access maps, garbage bags and gloves to use. At 11:30 am, participants will regroup at Dunsmuir City Park for free pizza, awards, and fun activities. The event ends at 1:30 PM.
The “Golden Rock Contest” features names of the River Exchange’s most generous sponsors on rocks hidden along the river. Each person who finds a Golden Rock will receive a prize. Prizes will also be given for the Most Unusual pieces of garbage collected, as well as for the Biggest Ball of Fishing Line found.
This event is sponsored by the River Exchange, with support from “Businesses That Care,” local businesses that give to support the Clean-Up and the River Exchange’s ongoing stewardship and education projects. For more information about the Clean-Up or how to contribute, please contact Molly Hansen at (575) 776-4270 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The River Exchange is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting healthy watersheds through community involvement in stewardship, restoration, and education.