River Conservation in California

Posted August 12, 2010 by Malina

For many of us, the connection to California’s watersheds, rivers and streams is shaky at best–it’s hard to even understand how the water that comes out of your San Francisco kitchen faucet is connected to the Tuolumne River, or the way that the electricity generated at Folsom Dam keeps your iPad and flatscreen TV aglow, right? 

One of the things rafting does–aside from being a blast, and giving you a chance to unplug and make some natural vitamin D–is put you in direct contact with the waters that sustain us in so many ways.  You don’t have to be a tree-hugger or a earth worshipping hippie to appreciate that without water life is………….well, life ISN’T, you know? 

So if you loved your rafting trip, and you enjoy your daily shower and your cat likes a clean drinking bowl, and your plants get their weekly soaking, and you appreciate those beautiful tomatoes at the farmer’s market or your local Raley’s, think about taking just a wee sec to learn more about what you can do to protect California’s complex watershed.

A good place to start is an organzation All-Outdoors supports:  Friends of the River.  This venerable institution has been fighting to protect our natural resources while also leaving room for recreation for decades.  Check out their campaigns and give back a little–that way we’ll all be able to keep rafting and living the good life!


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