Join AW for California Rivers Day May 11th!
California boaters! Join American Whitewater on Monday, May 11th at the State Capitol in Sacramento for California Rivers Day–an education, outreach, and activism event focusing on rivers.
Our rivers need your voices more than ever, as the severe and persistent drought has unleashed an intense push to take us back to the era of big dam building and weaken protections for our waterways. We hope you'll come out to celebrate and advocate for our rivers!
California Rivers Day will include:
Pancake Breakfast and paddle: The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at Discovery Park and short paddle down the Sacramento River to the Capitol and the California Rivers Fair. You can bring your own boat and gear or join in with others that will have everything that you need. Either way, please register here!
California Rivers Fair: American Whitewater will be one of over 20 organizations and business at the fair, which is open to the public. Come learn more about what we're up to and help promote public awareness of California's rivers. The fair will be open between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and at noon, participants will gather on the West Steps for speakers and a press event.
Legislator Visits: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., you'll have the opportunity to meet with key decision makers in the Legislature and the Governor's Office and share your concerns about and discuss the future of California's rivers. We'll be talking with key decision makers specifically about protecting rivers in the context of California's renewable energy legislation, proposals to build new dams for water storage, and more. To sign up, contact California Stewardship Director Dave Steindorf.
Capital River Awards: Friends of the River will host a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to celebrate the work of river supporters and advocates. You can learn more and purchase tickets here.
For more information about California Rivers Day, visit Friends of the River.
We know you're passionate about the rivers your boat on. We hope that you'll bring that passion to our state's leaders and join us for California Rivers Day on Monday, May 11.