Time to hit the river! — Auburn River Festival kicks off this Saturday

Celebrate the American River at the Free 2018 Auburn River Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Auburn’s Whitewater Park on the North Fork American River. The festival will bring expert whitewater paddlers from throughout the region to compete in a variety of river events.

Downriver Races from No Hands Bridge to the Auburn Whitewater Park will take place from 10 a.m. to noon; Slalom Races, an Olympic event where paddlers must pass through gates hung across the river, from noon to 3 p.m.; and a Whitewater Rodeo competition, where paddlers use the river waves to perform river ballet tricks including somersaults, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow.

The events will feature competition classes for inflatable and hardshell kayaks, canoes, standup paddle boards and more for men, women and juniors (16 years of age and under) at all skill levels.

The Auburn Whitewater Park is located downstream from the North Fork/Middle Fork American River Confluence at the site of the former Auburn Dam foundation. The festival celebrates ten years since the river was restored to its natural channel at the Auburn Dam site and the Whitewater Park was opened to the public.

For this special event, access to the Auburn Whitewater Park will be made available to the public via a road that extends from the Olmstead Loop Trailhead behind the Fire Station in Cool, California (7250 Saint Florian Ct., Cool, Calif.), all the way to the river. Follow the signs to the Auburn River Festival and yield to hikers, bikers and equestrians who also use the road and intersecting trails. There will be plenty of parking available at the festival site.

In addition to the whitewater events, festival fun will include live music, food trucks, vendors, a silent auction and community group information booths with fun activities for kids. Bring a lawn chair, water, sunscreen and hat. You may bring picnics and alcoholic beverages, but no glass containers. Dogs on leash are welcome.

The festival is a free community event open to all to come and enjoy. The Auburn State Recreation Area $10 per vehicle day use fee will be collected. The California State Parks Annual Poppy Pass can be used to cover the day use fee.

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Man dies after being pulled from the American River trying to evade police

A man died Saturday after being rescued from the American River in downtown Sacramento during an attempt to evade police.

Police were called to the 200 block of Richards Boulevard around 6:50 a.m. for a man who was reportedly acting erratically, said Sacramento Police Detective Eddie Macaulay.

When officers tried to make contact the man, he took off on foot, jumped into the river on Bercut Drive and swam downstream. Officers tried to get him to come ashore, said Macaulay, but the man refused and then was seen going underwater.

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Lower American River Has Elevated Levels Of E.Coli

The lower American River has elevated levels of E.coli bacteria and poses an increased risk to recreational users of the river.

The State Water Resources Control Board tests the water weekly at 9 sites along the American River. Elevated levels of E.coli could lead to public warnings or restricted access to the water, including for those using the water to boat, swim, kayak, fish or participate in other recreational activities.

Sacramento County hasn’t gotten any reports of illness so far, but will conduct expanded testing through the summer.

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Celebrate Earth Week with PARC at the Spring American River

Celebrate Earth Week with PARC at the Spring American River CleanUp
Saturday, April 21st 8:00 AM ~ Noon

California State Parks Foundation, PG&E, Auburn SRA,
and Recology Auburn-Placer partnering with
Protect American River Canyons and the Canyon Keepers
Keep Our American River Clean & Safe
Free Parking for Volunteers.

Meet at the Old Auburn-Foresthill Curved Bridge near the Confluence
(3 miles below Auburn near the Highway 49 River Crossing).
8:00 am Check in begins at the registration booth to register and receive your free Confluence Map, (while supplies last), trash collection bags, water and snacks. Wear sturdy shoes. Bring sun screen gloves and a water bottle.

– 8:30ish River Safety Talk
– 9:00 am Historic Bridges and Ecology Hike led by the Canyon Keepers.
Ongoing: Award winning watercolor artist Juan Pena paints the Confluence.
– 11:00ish BBQ Hot Dog lunch provided by PARC
​- High Noon PARC High School Scholarship Essay Contest winners read their winning essays and receive awards.

For more information about the clean-up contact the Auburn State Recreation Area office @ 530-885-4527 or PARC @ 530-885-8878.

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Teenage boy and dog missing near American River in Placer County found safe

A 17-old-boy who was reported missing Monday afternoon in Placer County has been located..

The boy had last been seen walking his dog on a trail near the American River, and Placer County Sheriff’s Office and California State Parks personnel began searching the area between the American River confluence and Lake Clementine, according to a Sheriff’s Office Twitter post about 3:45 p.m. Monday.

The Sheriff’s Office reported shortly before 5 p.m. that the boy had been found and thanked Twitter followers for tips that helped in locating him.

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Lake Natoma bike trail still closed after 2017 rockslide

A popular bike and walkway on a stretch of the American River Parkway Recreation Trail is still shut down more than a year after a rockslide blocked it.

Heavy rains in 2016 and early 2017 made the already unstable cliffside on the north side of Lake Natoma worse. Then in January and February of 2017, large rocks and debris came crashing down.

“If you take a look at the hillside, there’s still a lot of very large fractures with large chunks of rocks that can still come down,” said Richard Preston, Folsom Sector superintendent of California State Parks, Gold Fields District. “So our plan is to try to scale, using techniques to bring those other rocks down before we clean up and repair the trail.”

Repairs were originally scheduled for Summer 2017. Initially, Caltrans was asked to assist, but Preston said they didn’t have the the staff, time or geological expertise.

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Snowpack well below average

While the recent storms brought an abundance of fresh snow to the sierra, don’t expect Mother Nature’s generosity to instantly raise the level of Folsom Lake and other area reservoirs. On Monday, March 5, officials from the Department of Water Resources revealed that totals are still well below average.

Monday’s snow survey at Phillips Station reflected a dramatic change from February’s totals. However, the snow water equivalent (SWE) was 9.4 inches, which translates into the simple fact that our snowpack is a mere 39 percent of average for early March.

“California has unquestionably experienced a dry winter this year, with a near-record dry February,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “While we’re happy to kick off March with this healthy storm, the variability of this winter’s weather patterns underscores the importance of continued conservation and the ongoing need to strengthen California’s water supply reliability for our people, our economy, and our environment.”

The snow survey conducted Monday by Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, was the second measurement at Phillips Station for this snow survey period. On Feb. 28, the snow survey found a SWE of 1.7 inches, just 7 percent of average for that time of year as recorded since 1964. Given the forecasted storm, officials conducted a second measurement on March 5 to record its impact, which yielded a 32 percentage-point increase in SWE over the previous week.

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Body of acclaimed rowing coach recovered from Lake Natoma

The body of Granite Bay resident and renowned rowing instructor John Hooten Jr. has been retrieved from Lake Natoma, where he went missing Monday.

Hooten, 66, was navigating a single rowing shell across Lake Natoma when he suddenly fell overboard about 10:50 a.m. Monday. A friend rowing nearby jumped out of his boat and tried to rescue him as he flailed in the water, but was too late.

Rescue crews from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, California State Parks, California Highway Patrol, Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, Drowning Accident Rescue Team (DART) and other public and volunteer organizations searched Nimbus Flat for Hooten’s body in dark, cold, relatively slow-moving water before finding him Tuesday evening.

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Man Missing After Falling Out Of Boat On Lake Natoma

Multiple search boats are on Lake Natoma Monday after a man was spotted falling into the water from a boat and didn’t come up.

Around 10:50 a.m., the man described in his 60s was in a rowboat on Lake Natoma when he fell in and went under the water. He never resurfaced, a witness told a Sac Metro fire spokesman.

The man was not wearing a life jacket when he fell in.

A DART boat and Metro Fire Department boats are searching for the man.

The water where the man fell in is 30 feet deep and murky, says the spokesman.

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Nimbus Basin will be Closed to all Fishing as of March 2018

The Nimbus Basin on the lower American River will permanently close to all fishing as of March 1, 2018, as per fishing regulations amended by the Fish and Game Commission in December 2017.

The closure will take effect from Nimbus Dam on the lower American River to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) gauging station cable crossing approximately one-half mile downriver (California Code of Regulations Title 14, sections 7.50(b)(5)(A) and (B).

Under current regulations, the American River from Nimbus Dam to the Hazel Avenue bridge piers is open to fishing all year (CCR Title 14, section 7.50 (b)(5)(A)), and from the Hazel Avenue bridge piers to the USGS gauging station cable crossing about 300 yards downstream from the Nimbus Hatchery fish weir from Jan. 1 through Aug. 15 (section 7.50(b)(5)(B)).

Closure of the Nimbus Basin to fishing is part of the Nimbus Hatchery Fish Passage Project, which involves reorienting the hatchery’s fish ladder into the Nimbus Basin and removing the existing fish weir. This project will create and maintain a reliable system of collecting adult salmon and steelhead broodstock for the hatchery and increase the amount of natural spawning and rearing habitat available in the lower American River.

The changes will also minimize American River flow fluctuations associated with installation and removal of the hatchery’s weir and eliminate health and safety concerns relative to the deterioration of the existing weir structure. The new spawning habitat opened up by the permanent removal of the weir will improve juvenile salmon production and increase harvest opportunities downstream.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife completed a joint Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIR/EIS) for the Nimbus Hatchery Fish Passage Project in 2011. Planning is currently underway and construction is scheduled to begin in federal fiscal year 2019. The EIR/EIS is available for download fromwww.usbr.gov/mp/ccao/hatchery.

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