January Excursions

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January 15
Organizer’s Choice, class A, length to be determined.
The water and the weather are changeable this time of year, so we’ll pick a suitable venue based on conditions. We’ll be shooting for something easy, short and nearby.
Jim Bradley
jim.cascadepaddlers@gmail.com

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Paddlesports, Outdoors and Wildlife

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New Willamette River Campsite in Yamhill Co. 
Riverside property donated to the Willamette Riverkeeper in Yamhill County will host a low-impact, river-access only campsite in the coming months. The Statesman has the details: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2017/12/15/new-water-trail-campsite-sit-donated-land-along-willamette-river/945493001/

Riverfront Park Master Plan Survey 
Stephanie Hazen informs us the City of Salem is once again soliciting public input on a master plan for a city park. This time it is for the prominent Riverfront Park, adjacent to the downtown. Both an online survey and public meetings provide opportunities for input. You can find a link to the survey, as well as a listing of the upcoming meetings, which start January 18, here: https://www.cityofsalem.net/riverfront-park#masterplan

Cedar Canoe Blog 
As most of you know, Current Reading is hosted, free, by WordPress, (hence the ads). Another blog with a paddling theme you might find interesting comes out of the adventures of a couple from the Netherlands. As you probably gathered, a beautiful cedar-strip canoe is central to their excursions, many of which take place in America. Find their site, here: https://thecedarjournal.com/

 

Nature and the Environment

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Fake Organic Food Floods Market 
It appears the chances are all too good that foods in the market labeled organic were not produced to certification standards. To get the higher prices organic produce demands, some providers of produce have found devious ways to misrepresent their products, and cash in. The Oregonian reports: http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2017/12/the_dirt_on_organic_food_you_m.html#incart_river_index

Work on First High Seas Conservation Treaty Begins 
The United Nations has begun the process of negotiating a treaty to cover conservation of the high seas. While oceans worldwide are under threat from human activities, only a very small percentage have any legal protections. The UN is now attempting to wrangle out a treaty which would provide some protections to the remainder. The Smithsonian has the story: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/un-begins-negotiating-first-conservation-treaty-high-seas-180967644/

Marine Board’s Foam Encapsulation Rules Under Review 
The Oregon State Marine Board is considering changes to their rules regarding encapsulated foam, a product frequently used for flotation in aquatic environments. For information on the specific rule language, a February 21 public hearing, and how to submit written testimony, visit this public notice page: http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Rulemaking-and-Public-Notices.aspx

 

Health, Fitness and Safety

Air Pollution Diminishes Exercise’s Benefit 
Falling in line with other studies of air pollution’s effects, a recent study comparing a range of indicators found that exercising near a motorway did not produce the same health benefits as exercising in a park. On the bright side, the researchers found that the exercise by the road still produced some benefits, though certainly there are cities where the air is bad enough so that is not the case. For the details, try the Smithsonian: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walking-polluted-areas-reduces-benefits-exercise-180967434/

The Science of Avoiding the Flu 
The Smithsonian wants you to know the truth behind the various advice about staying cold- and flu-free. It turns out some classic tips aren’t really beneficial. https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/theres-more-to-fighting-flu-covering-your-mouth-180961404/

 

Travel and Photography

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Prize-winning Silly Animal Images 
Animals can look pretty silly, at times, and that’s what the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards are all about. For some cute photos of our furry, feathered and scaly friends, try the Smithsonian: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winners-comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-are-here-brighten-your-day-180967551/

Royal Society Photo Winners 
The Royal Society Publishing Photography Competition winners for 2017 include some stunning images of the natural world. Once again, the Smithsonian has the story: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-dazzling-winners-royal-society-photo-competition-180967408/

Sea Otter Pup Finds Home at Oregon Zoo 
A young sea otter pup found abandoned in California has a new home at the Oregon Zoo. The little fella is doing well, and is cute as can be, as the Oregonian will show you: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2017/12/rescued_sea_otter_pup_finds_ne.html#incart_river_home

 

Paddlesports, Outdoors and Wildlife

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Little North Santiam Parking Fees 
Anthony Boesen writes to inform us that Marion County has imposed parking fees for roadside locations along the Little North Santiam River. This, of course, affects not only boaters, but other users of the river corridor, as well.

Fees have apparently applied since May, (water levels don’t support summer boating, so this might have escaped most boaters’ notice), and are said to be $5 per day or $30 for a yearly permit. Collection boxes have been installed to accept payment for daily use. Presumably, contacting the county is the avenue to obtaining a yearly permit.

Illuminata Regatta 
Salem’s 13th annual Illuminata Regatta, where paddlecraft adorned with Christmas-themed lights and decorations ply the Willamette Slough along Riverfront Park, is scheduled for December 16, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., at the park.

DIY Packraft 
The Statesman Journal had an article on how to build your own inflatable kayak, on the cheap. In case you missed it, you can find it here: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/2017/11/20/how-build-your-own-packraft-cheap/881423001/

 

Nature and the Environment

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Agricultural Nitrate: A Global Timebomb Revealed 
The nitrates used to grow crops have seeped into the soil and rocks that shelter our aquifers. The looming threat of contamination, and its environmental consequences, have caused researchers to label the problem the “nitrate timebomb”. The BBC provides the story: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41945650

Willamette Mussel Bed Not Reproducing 
The Oregonian provides insight into the news that the mussels in one of the Willamette’s largest beds are not reproducing. Needless to say, the ramifications are troubling: http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2017/11/study_key_freshwater_mussel_no.html

A Call for a Ban on Glitter 
As awareness rises regarding the burgeoning, global plastics problem, some scientists are pointing to glitter as an overlooked, but significant contributor to the issue of microplastics. Cnet has the story (beware of autoplay): https://www.cnet.com/news/scientists-ban-glitter-pollution-ocean-microbeads-microplastic/

Wind Energy Winning on Cost 
As the technologies driving the move to alternative energy sources refine and mature, they are giving conventional sources a run for their money. Wind, in particular, has seen its costs dwindle to where it offers utilities a compelling choice. Ars Technica explains the nuances: https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/11/economics-working-against-coal-as-cost-of-wind-solar-power-drops/

 

Health, Fitness and Safety

Gut Bacteria Linked to Cancer Treatment Success 
Researchers have found that certain gut bacteria essentially groom immune cells to work better with immunotherapy drugs. Ars Technica provides the details: https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/11/gut-bacteria-may-make-or-break-your-chances-of-cancer-treatment-working/

New Migraine Therapy “Huge Deal” 
Encouraging news for migraine sufferers comes from a study of newly-developed antibody treatments for the affliction. Many were able to cut the incidence of their attacks by half. The BBC has the story: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42154668

 

Travel and Photography

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The Watery Wilds of Norway 
The Smithsonian ran a spread of stunning photos from Norway, featuring water settings. This is serious eye-candy for the paddle junkie: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photographer-thomas-berger-captures-norways-watery-wonderlands-180965370/

GoPro Gobbled by Lava – Gets the Shot 
If you didn’t catch it, a GoPro camera in Hawaii was engulfed by a lava flow, and quite by accident captured the incident. Better yet, the plucky little camera survived to reveal the footage, as the Oregonian explains: http://www.oregonlive.com/trending/2017/11/hawaiian_lava_engulfs_abandone.html#incart_river_index

 

December Excursions

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January 1
Willamette River, Wallace Park to Keizer Rapids – Class A+ – length 3.5 miles
Ring in the New Year right, with a quick run on our local, major river. It will probably be cold, so bring plenty of gear and provisions. Getting even light hypothermia this time of year can lead to real consequences.
jim.cascadepaddlers@gmail.com

There will be no group meeting in January, as usual.