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!

 

May 17th Raft & Restore: FREE Of CHARGE!!

Our partner on this annual event, River Dancers Rafting and Kayaking Company, has notified us that this year's annual Raft and Restore event is being supported by the Jefferson Economic Development Institute's (JEDI) Stewardship Fund. The River Exchange has received support through the Stewardship Fund in the past, and we are thrilled to announce that, due to this financial support, we are offering the trip to 20 river restoration volunteers AT NO COST. Thank you JEDI!!

These limited spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so get on the phone and reserve your space soon! Registration is required to participate. For more information or to register, contact River Dancers.

Regional IRWM Plan Available Online

As mentioned in our newsletters over the past 3 years, we have been helping to lead our community through a California water management planning process, known as Integrated Regional Water Management, or IRWM. We are excited to announce that the completed IRWM Plan for the Upper Sacramento, McCloud and Lower Pit River (USR) region is available online for public access.

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Watershed Excellence Award

On November 29, 2012, we were awarded the Watershed Excellence Award by the Sacramento River Watershed Program for “remarkable efforts to go above and beyond to ensure that current and potential uses of the watershed’s resources are sustained, restored, and where possible, enhanced, while promoting the long-term social and economic vitality of the region.”

“We deeply value the River Exchange’s collaborative approach to stewardship of our vital watershed resources, said Holly Jorgensen, Watershed Coordinator for SRWP. “They have been an invaluable resource in fostering dialogue and forming partnerships to sustain and restore watershed resources in the headwaters of the Sacramento River, an area that provides water that sustains communities throughout the State.”

Merle Anderson, REX Project Director (left) and Elizabeth Betancourt, Contractor with Forsgren, Inc. (right)

Merle Anderson, REX Project Director (left) and Elizabeth Betancourt, Contractor with Forsgren, Inc. (right)