Scout project aims to keep walkers, bikers safe on trail in Folsom

It’s hardly anarchy on the American River bike trail, a tranquil oasis in an otherwise busy suburban landscape, but some Boy Scouts and the city of Folsom are striving to make it even safer.

The two-lane trail that winds among the gray pine and oak trees close to Willow and Humbug creeks can be dicey when bicyclists and pedestrians pass one another.

To keep the wheeled and walking a safe distance apart, a simple remedy is planned: Boy Scouts will stencil rules of the road on the bike trail.

The painted advisory will say:

“Runners Walkers Keep Left” in the left lane.

“Bikes Keep Right” in the right lane.

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Higher fees, ban on alcohol on parkway this weekend

The American River Parkway will be “dry” and Sacramento County’s regional park fees will be higher over the Labor Day weekend.

The holiday ban on alcohol along the parkway – on shore and on the river – will be in effect from Saturday through Monday. Consumption of alcohol and possession of open containers will be prohibited within the parkway between Watt and Hazel avenues. The ordinance will be strictly enforced, and violations of the alcohol ban may result in a citation or arrest, according to a Sacramento County Regional Parks news release.

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Possible drowning victim pulled from American River

Fire crews have recovered a person found floating facedown in the American River Friday afternoon.

The person was taken out of the water a mile and a half downriver from the Sunrise Boulevard bridge, according to the Sacramento Metro Fire District.

The victim was not wearing a life vest and not floatation devices were seen in the area, crews said.

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Two bodies found in American River

The body of a missing Sacramento-area fisherman was recovered from the American River late Friday afternoon, just a few hours after another man was found unresponsive further upstream.

Search crews found the body in the river near the Harrington Way river access, downstream of Riverbend Park, where park rangers found the fisherman’s truck parked Thursday night.

Assistant Chief Scott Cockrum of the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District said a fire district helicopter and boat crew were assisting law enforcement in the search and recovered the body.

The name of the 54-year-old fisherman was not released pending notification of family.

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Amercan River searched for missing fisherman

A local man who left home Wednesday afternoon to fish on the American River by River Bend Park hasn’t been seen since.

The man’s wife reported him missing to authorities on Thursday.

The 54-year-old man’s truck with fishing equipment inside was located by Sacramento County rangers about 10 Thursday night, said Deputy Jason Ramos with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.

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Woman injured in rope swing fall at American River

A woman was hurt when she fell from a rope swing along the American River in Sacramento Sunday afternoon.

The woman, described as in her 30s, tumbled 15 feet and fell face-first, suffering facial and chest injuries, said Asst. Chief Scott Cockrum with the Sacramento Metro Fire District. He said she was also losing consciousness.

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Water Safety Crackdown Involves 10 Agencies

Law enforcement agencies from around the region are teaming up on a two-day crackdown along the American and Sacramento Rivers near Discovery Park.The enforcement effort known as the Delta Blitz is coordinated by the U.S, Coast Guard and involves 10 different law enforcement agencies.

The main goal of the crackdown is education.

Officers target boaters for a variety of safety violations such as speeding, boating under the influence, lacking enough life vests, and lacking registration.The crackdown in Sacramento is the last of three Delta Blitz crackdowns the Coast Guard operates throughout the Delta.In June, officers ran a similar operation in San Joaquin County.

They also ran a Delta Blitz in Contra Costa County in July.Since the Coast Guard began the operation in 2008, a spokesman for the department estimates the number of citations being written by officers has decreased by one-third.

In Yolo County, officers estimate they have written nearly 80 percent fewer citations for boating under the influence than in previous years.”I’d like to think we can attribute it to our enforcement.

We’ve taken a proactive step at reducing the alcohol related incidents. People know we are going to be out here, and we are going to be doing enforcement,” said Deputy Rial Price, with the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department.

Boaters on the water Saturday said they have noticed more officers on the water in recent years.

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Impact report available for Nimbus Hatchery fish ladder project

The final environmental impact report on the Nimbus Hatchery Fish Passage Project has been released by the federal Bureau of Reclamation and California Department of Fish and Game for public review.

The agencies propose to extend the fish ladder from the hatchery to the Nimbus Dam stilling basin, using the basin itself to hold and divert fish to the ladder.

Under this proposal, the existing weir would be permanently removed and the Department of Fish and Game would recommend changes in local fishing regulations to the California Fish and Game Commission, according to a news release.

The Nimbus Fish Hatchery is along the lower American River, a quarter-mile downstream from Nimbus Dam.

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Detour set for walkers, bikers on American River Parkway near Sac State

A section of the American River Parkway near California State University, Sacramento, will be temporarily closed for a levee upgrade beginning Aug. 22.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be detoured to an alternate trail from the Campus Commons golf course to about Ethan Way for up to nine weeks while a seepage cutoff wall is built in the levee at the end of Northrop Avenue, near Howe Avenue. Signs have been posted along the trail noting that the detour will be in place for the duration of the construction, scheduled for completion by Oct. 17.

The Corps of Engineers built more than 20 miles of cutoff walls into American river levees between 2000 and 2002 as part of a joint project with the Sacramento Area Flood Control Agency. Areas where construction was complicated by utilities, bridges or power lines were set aside for later construction, leaving gaps in the walls, according to a Corps news release.

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