After several tragic river drownings this summer and the complete closure of Tule, Kaweah, and Kern Rivers to recreationists, the river currents are now low enough to allow us back! WildPlaces’ response is to offer the public a free swift water safety presentation that reviews basic river safety facts and guides people to further training in swift water safety and rescue. This is the second presentation we have offered and invite folks to come out, bring the kids or anyone that enjoys the river.
WildPlaces’ staff will conduct the safety presentation from 11 a.m. until 12:30p.m. at “Upper Coffee Camp” river recreation site 5 miles east of Springville and above Lower Coffee Camp; Please join us! We will also raffle off two kid-sized life jackets. Register for the presentation and free giveaway to save your spot. Spots are limited.
Additionally, WildPlaces encourages volunteers to come out for our Rio Limpio: River Stewardship, Education and Outreach Program from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. along high use spots on the Middle Fork. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Springville Veterans Memorial Park and caravan to river sites with Site Leaders. What to bring: sturdy clothes, sunblock, sun hat, sunglasses, lunch and water, and swim suit. Participants are also encouraged to bring life jackets/vests for a demonstration on swift water safety.
Our river stewardship project, Rio Limpio, is powered by “agents of change” for environmental and social justice, all of which are community members and volunteers. The goal of the program is to keep the Tule river safe, clean and open for public use while simultaneously instilling a reverence for Nature. However, the Tule river continues to get disrespected, as a result, accidents happen such as deaths, human trash accumulation and decrease in water quality. Given the recent deaths on the Tule, we thought it necessary to educate the public on safety tips regarding river recreation.
What to bring: sturdy clothes, sunblock, sun hat, sunglasses, lunch and water, and a pair of swimming trunks/bathing suit. Participants are also encouraged to bring life jackets/vests for a demonstration on swift water safety.