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Hello, Paddling Enthusiast!
Don't miss the next presentation meeting March 14th featuring Verne Huser titled "A Half-Century of River Running".

Verne has been running rivers since 1957, in 26 states, more than 130 rivers including several in Canada and Alaska. He has written ten books, all about rivers (Rivers of Texas, On the River with Lewis and Clark, River Running, River Reflections) .
Hope to see you March 14th at Papa Felipe’s

9800 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque


SE corner of Eubank and Menaul, just east of Walgreen’s


If you’d like to order dinner, please come at 6pm.
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Presentation by Verne Huser titled "A Half-Century of River Running".

March 14, 2017, 6:30am

Hello, Paddling Enthusiast! Don't miss the next presentation meeting March 14th featuring Verne Huser titled "A Half-Century of River Running". Verne has been running rivers since 1957, in 26 states, more than 130 rivers including several in Canada and Alaska. He has written ten books, all about rivers (Rivers of Texas, On the River with Lewis and Clark, River Running, River Reflections) . Hope to see you March 14th at Papa Felipe’s 9800 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque SE corner of Eubank and Menaul, just east of Walgreen’s If you’d like to order dinner, please come at 6pm.

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RRFW Riverwire – Supplemental Throw Bag Comments Needed
March 1, 2017

Your supplemental throwbag comments are needed by close of business March 3, 2017.

The Department of Natural Resources has ruled a number of comments are not substantive in nature if they mentioned changing the US Coast Guard Code of Regulations, a comment the Department itself suggested.

If you commented on this issue, please send in a supplemental comment.

As we posted in an earlier Riverwire, the State of Utah is proposing to rescind their decade old ruling that a throw bag with 40 feet of rope may be used in-lieu-of a throw cushion when wearing a lifejacket.

Simply stated, R651-215-8 says when a river runner has to wear a life jacket by regulation, they must also have either a cushion or rope, one or the other. It’s their choice.

RRFW encourages you to send in the following supplemental comments to Officer Tammy Wright at tammywright@utah.gov

Please tell Officer Wright you request rule R651-215-8 stay in place to promote public safety.

Those of you who live in Utah, please call Utah Senator Mike Lee’s office in Washington, DC, as he sits on the Senate US Coast Guard Subcommittee. The office number is 202-224-5444. Your message to the Senator is you request Utah Department of Natural Resources rule R651-215-8 stay in place to promote public safety.

That’s it.

Did you know type IV throw cushions are not rated for whitewater use. The loss of this rule means you will no longer be able to choose to bring a throw rope in place of a piece of equipment not designed for where you are going to go.

In rough water, both the USCG and the Arizona Game and Fish Department acknowledge Type IV throwable cushions are not recommended.

Even the State of Utah notes the intent of R651-215-8 as presently written “is solid with swift water rescue techniques”.

This common sense logic is also followed by the State of New Mexico where a throwable device is not required for rubber rafts on any waters of the state as occupants of the raft shall wear a U.S. coast guard approved wearable personal flotation device.

You can see the notice to rescind here rules.utah.gov/publicat/bulletin/2017/20170201/41154.htm

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I could use some help. Water protectors are everywhere. I hope that everyone can support Senator Mimi Stewart's Senate Memorial 78, and the water protection efforts that will follow. The Water Protection Advisory Board (WPAB) of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) did its job. The WPAB recommended that Albuquerque, Bernalillo County and the ABCWUA adopt oil and gas regulations. Based on the WPAB letter of recommendation, Senate Memorial 78 advocates for oil and gas regulations in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County. Combined with our efforts in Sandoval County, I believe this is one of New Mexico's best chances to bring water protection to the forefront. This should be a topic of discussion and an important issue in the Albuquerque mayoral campaigns. The incoming mayor will serve on the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority Governing Board and exercise great influence on the future of drinking water for 600,000 users of ABCWUA supplied water.

Ask your preferred Mayoral Candidate to support quality water protection regulations. Since most of the ABCWUA drinking water is from the Rio Chama and the Rio Grande drainages, the Water Protection Advisory Board could someday become one of New Mexico's leading drinking water advocates. All environmental non profits should support this drinking water protection effort by standing for SM 78 and broadcasting to their members the importance of protecting the entire Albuquerque Basin, which is water to nearly a million people. When it comes to our drinking water, precautionary principles must take precedent.

Mike Neas
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