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: