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River conservationists coming to Keystone

Kim Marquis
Summit Daily News
AP file photoRafters navigate the whitewater rapids on the Arkansas River in this file photo taken near Salida in May 2003. Colorado's rafting industry is predicting a good spring and summer because winter storms left behind a healthy snowpack.
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KEYSTONE ” More than 120 river aficionados will join local river outfitter Arkansas Valley Adventures next weekend on a flotilla down the Arkansas River as part of a four-day conference in Keystone for river and watershed conservationists.

Part of the group will descend the rapids in their own craft ” a departure from the guided-only trips Arkansas Valley Adventures traditionally takes down local whitewater rivers, said company owner Duke Bradford.

The rafting event is just one of several activities more than 500 conference attendees will engage in over the four-day conference hosted by River Network.

River Network aims to help people understand, protect and restore rivers and their watersheds by providing information, training, consultation and connections within the conservation community. It is based in Portland, Ore.

More than 70 workshops will take place at the Keystone Conference Center during the event. Topics include the latest advances in watershed science, environmental justice and lectures by river conservationists from around the country.

It will include an environmental film festival and a “Water Music” concert of jazz and classical piano. The Sunday, May 22 concert is free to the public. It starts at 8 p.m. in the Keystone Lodge Ballroom.

For more information, call (800) 423-6747, or visit http://www.rivernetwork.org.

– There are more than 4,000 community-based river and watershed groups nationwide that represent millions of citizens concerned about clean drinking water, safe recreational opportunities and protecting fish and wildlife habitat.

– America has more than 250,000 rivers flowing some 3.5 million miles. The Environmental Protection Agency considers a majority of these rivers “in trouble,” according to River Network.

– More than 500 people will attend the annual River Rally in Keystone to learn more about and discuss river issues May 20-24.


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