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August 2 
Monthly Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – Boon’s Treasury – 888 Liberty St. N.E.
Let’s see if we can get a table outside, to plan our adventures.
jim.cascadepaddlers@gmail.com

August 26
Santiam River, I-5 to Buena Vista – Class B – length 8 ± miles
The river will be slow, so bring provisions and prepare for a longer trip. Slow and scenic will win this race.
Jim Bradley
jim.cascadepaddlers@gmail.com

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Paddlesports, Outdoors and Wildlife

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Coast Guard and Marine Board Ask You Label Your Boat 
Marine authorities are facing an increasing problem concerning unmanned paddlecraft turning up on waterways. On Puget Sound, for instance, at least twenty such craft were found in July, alone. This can lead to confusion, concern, and expense when it is unclear whether a paddler is missing. An identification label listing the owner of the boat can go a long way in helping authorities determine if there is cause for alarm. To assist you, Paddle Smart Identification Stickers are available, free of charge, from the Marine Board or Marine Patrol officers.

Nature and the Environment

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Pesticides Impacting Bees at “Safe” Levels 
A new study from Britain details damaging effects on bee memory and learning, from a wide range of common pesticides, including neonicotinoids. The concentrations of the pesticides studied fell well within the range commonly found in the agricultural environment. The Smithsonian has the disturbing news: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/safe-levels-pesticide-still-hamper-bees-memory-and-ability-learn-180969612/

EPA Blocks Cancer-Chemical Warnings 
Allegations have surfaced that the Trump administration is suppressing an Environmental Protection Agency report that details major hazards to most Americans from the chemical formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is ubiquitous in modern society, leading to estimates that most Americans are at risk for leukemia and other ailments from exposure. Politico reports: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/06/epa-formaldehyde-warnings-blocked-696628

Retiring Wind Turbines – At What Cost? 
At the same time that wind turbine technology is helping to free us from fossil fuel, there is a largely unrecognized problem developing: what to do when the turbines wear out. It stands to be a costly question to answer. Energy Central News explores the issue: https://www.energycentral.com/news/retiring-worn-out-wind-turbines-could-cost-billions-nobody-has

Changing Finance to Fight a Changing Climate  
There is a fundamental problem with an economic system entirely based on endless growth. As humanity butts up against the limits of our planet and its environment, that model is increasingly looking like a recipe for disaster. The Guardian makes the argument for change: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/2016/nov/05/how-a-new-money-system-could-help-stop-climate-change

Frackers Use Facebook to Bar Protest 
The fracking industry in Britain is using Facebook surveillance to create civil cases against protesters. This involves scouring the platform for any posts, associations, photos, video or fragments of commentary that can be linked to the target, with a goal of restraining his or her activities. I imagine the practice will jump the pond, if it hasn’t already. Motherboard can fill you in: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/vbj4qb/how-fracking-companies-use-facebook-surveillance-to-ban-protest

 

Health, Fitness and Safety

Bones Need Exercise 
You don’t have to be an astronaut to lose bone and muscle mass; you only have to be inactive. That’s why it’s vital for every individual to get significant exercise on a regular basis. How much exercise? The BBC explores the question and its answer, here: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-44696423

Air Pollution’s Link to Diabetes 
A massive study of the effects of air pollution on the incidence of diabetes has come to some very troubling conclusions. In the U.S., for instance, the project concluded air pollution was responsible for 150,000 cases of the disease in 2016 alone. Worldwide, it is estimated 14 percent of diabetes cases trace to dirty air. The Atlantic has more: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/07/a-frightening-new-reason-to-worry-about-air-pollution/564428/

The Art of the Tourniquet 
Accidents can happen, no matter where you are. While major bleeding injuries are rare in paddlesports, the outdoors is a hazardous environment. Avid canoeist and former Portland Mayor, Bud Clark, once fell on a sharp stick while on the Owyhee River, punctured his femoral artery, and would have bled to death were it not for a tourniquet, (and a helicopter). Lifehacker would like to acquaint you with the basics of tourniquets: https://lifehacker.com/tourniquet-use-should-be-one-of-your-basic-first-aid-sk-1827290260

 

Travel and Photography

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Cheetah Cub Cuteness 
The National Zoo is pleased to have 7 young cheetahs adding to the number of the endangered cats successfully bred in captivity. With wild populations in dire straits, attention has turned to captive breeding programs to supplement their numbers. Unfortunately, healthy captive breeding has proven elusive for the animals, but this latest turn of events gives hope, and a whole lot of photogenic cuteness, as the Smithsonian explores: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/zoo-announces-another-seven-adorable-cheetah-cubs-are-born-180969732/

A Cuttlefish on the Hunt
The Smithsonian has a captivating video of a little cuttlefish hunting razorfish. Remarkably vivid and amazingly revealing, it is an eye-opening two minutes of marine life in action: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-clever-cuttlefish-goes-in-for-the-kill/

 

Paddlesports, Outdoors and Wildlife

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Marine Board Seeks to Increase Fees 
The Oregon State Marine Board says it plans to petition the legislature for fee increases in the coming session, all part of the agency’s series of “legislative concepts”. Non-motorized boats would look to face dramatic increases, roughly tripling current fees.

In place of the current invasive species permit, a new access permit would cost $5 a week, $17 a year, or $30 for two years for boats 10-feet and more in length. By calling it an access permit and exempting boats shorter than 10 feet, the agency probably hopes to dance around the Oregon Admission Acts’ prohibition, in Section 2, of any type of fees on navigation. The problem here is that, apparently, you could access the water from your own property, and still have to pay the marine board’s access fee. The only thing you really couldn’t do without paying the fee is navigate. It is, then, a fee on navigation.

Of course, this is all in a preliminary stage, but the agency is facing a tightening budget, due to steadily decreasing revenues from motorized craft. Here they are looking to plump up revenues by the shortest possible path. Unfortunately, that path looks dubious in its legality and questionable in its equitability.

You can read the Mail Tribune’s coverage, here: http://mailtribune.com/oregon-outdoors/boating/marine-board-seeks-new-higher-boat-fees

Rafting the Smith River 
Dipping into the northern reaches of the California coast, Zach Urness at the Statesman captured a nice gallery of photos while rafting the Smith River, near Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/picture-gallery/travel/outdoors/2018/06/27/rafting-in-the-redwoods/36438061/

Zach Urness’ Guide to Three Nearby Lakes 
Zach, at Salem’s Statesman Journal, visited Timpanogas, Summit, and Waldo Lakes, took photos and compiled a brief guide to accessing and recreating at the lakes. You can find it here: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/2017/08/30/waldo-lake-summit-lake-timpanogas-lake-willamette-pass-crescent-lake-odell-lake/605323001/

 

Nature and the Environment

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Recycling Is Rigged 
You are doubtlessly aware of the recent restrictions imposed on local recycling. What you may not realize is that the recycling system has been essentially broken for some time, and the image of recycling the public has been sold is largely a facade. Bloomberg explains: https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-06-27/plastic-recycling-is-a-problem-consumers-can-t-solve

The Global Cost of the Carbon Bubble 
Change always comes at a cost, even when it is change for the better. The world is heavily invested in and dependent on carbon fuels. As economies move to more sustainable energy sources, economic and social upheaval will attend. The BBC explores the ramifications of this “carbon bubble”: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44357243

BASF Owns Half of All Patents on Marine Genes 
Corporations are claiming rights to the life in our seas. Leading the pack in this drive to make nature’s diversity corporate property is the German chemical giant, BASF. The Smithsonian explores this phenomenon and its ramifications: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nearly-half-all-patents-marine-genes-belong-just-one-company-180969325/

No Easy Solution to the Palm Oil Problem 
Palm oil, widely used in food, cosmetics, and industry, has come under fire lately for the heavy environmental cost of its growing operations. The problem is that cultivating replacement crops stands to be as damaging or more. The BBC looks into where we go from here: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44563180

 

Health, Fitness and Safety

Hundreds of Common Drugs Linked to Depression 
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that one-third of the American population is taking at least one prescription medication that has depression as a possible side effect. Ars Technica explores this troubling revelation: https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/06/you-may-unknowingly-take-prescription-meds-with-risks-of-depression/

The Dangers of Abdominal Fat 
Linked to high risks of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, dementia, and other serious ailments, abdominal fat is seen as a significant jeopardy to health. I’ll let the New York Times bring home the point: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/well/live/belly-fat-health-visceral-fat-waist-cancer.html

TB Vaccine Said to Cure Diabetes 
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital found that just two doses of a tuberculosis vaccine significantly reduced the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes, sometimes essentially eliminating them for years and years. Fortune has the story: http://fortune.com/2018/06/21/tuberculosis-vaccine-reverse-juvenile-diabetes-study-shows/

 

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Oregon Zoo’s Newest Baby Mountain Goat 
The Oregon Zoo has celebrated the arrival of two mountain goat babies, this spring. A charming video of the latest arrival accompanies this Oregonian article: https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/06/and_baby_mountain_goat_makes_t.html#incart_river_index

Six Spectacular North American Waterfalls 
The Smithsonian has compiled a list of the six North American waterfalls they consider the most spectacular. “Most spectacular”? I don’t know, but these are some beauties, including Oregon’s own Multnomah Falls: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/north-americas-most-spectacular-waterfalls-180969238/

Narwhals’ Vocalizations Newly Recorded 
New research conducted on Narwhals has shown fresh light on the elusive animal’s communications. You can listen in, courtesy of the Smithsonian: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-record-sounds-elusive-narwhal-180969371/

 

July Excursions

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July 29
North Santiam, Greens Bridge to Jefferson – Class 1 Whitewater – length 3.5 ± miles
When it’s hot everywhere else, the North Santiam stays cool. Bring provisions, and be prepared for extended shade breaks.
Jim Bradley
jim.cascadepaddlers@gmail.com

August 2 
Monthly Meeting – 6:30 p.m. – Boon’s Treasury – 888 Liberty St. N.E.
Let’s see if we can get a table outside, to plan our adventures.
jim.cascadepaddlers@gmail.com