On July 9th, rafting outfitters invite the community to the 9th ANNUAL WHITE SALMON RIVERFEST in Husum, Washington.
In good tradition, the White Salmon River is celebrated by the community during the White Salmon River Fest & Symposium each year. Scheduled this summer for Wednesday July 9th, Husum will be bustling again with a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. “Special about this year’s event is that we can introduce Heather Kowalewski of All Adventures Rafting and Capo Rettig of World Class Kayak Academy as co-organizers, hosts, and participants of the event”, says Jaco Klinkenberg – owner of Wet Planet Rafting & Kayaking in Husum, Washington and founder, organizer, and visionary behind the annual event which was first held in 2006. “It’s so great to see the event getting more and more traction amongst both non boating community as well as the river community each year. It’s really become a true community event. The White Salmon River has a great and growing community, and we already have great plans for the 2015 event!”, Jaco exclaims.
The events of the 2014 river festival includes the Community Raft trip at 2 PM, followed by an Outfitter BBQ and a showing of the movie DamNation at 5.30 PM, followed by a discussion panel. Sign up for all three activities for the super low price of only $27.50 per person (local resident price only!) or join after the float for the BBQ and movie. ($7.50 cash at the door – space permitting).
After the rafting trip, rafters and movie viewers are invited to satisfy a healthy appetite with a BBQ offered at the Husum Fire Hall by the hosting outfitters Wet Planet and All Adventures Rafting.
This year’s symposium uniquely includes a showing of the nationally well received movie DamNation, produced by Patagonia, which is currently being shown all around the country. Since large part of the movie was shown right here on the White Salmon River, they kindly added a showing at the White Salmon River Fest on their national tour calendar!
About the movie:
This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.
DamNation shows how far things have moved and how quickly, from the assumption 50 years ago that dams were always a power for good, to the first successful attempt to remove a marginal dam 20 years ago on the Kennebec River. The film highlights other dam removal stories, including the Elwha and White Salmon Rivers in Washington, the Rogue River in Oregon, and the Penobscot River in Maine.
Diverse interests across the country are coming together to remove obsolete dams and find more cost-effective options to meet power, shipping, irrigation and other needs, while helping to restore rivers, preserve tribal customs, recover fish stocks, revitalize waterfronts, improve recreational opportunities and render watersheds more resilient to climate change.
Dam owners, impacted communities, and politicians are now reevaluating the usefulness of certain dams and often advocating for decommissioning and removal. Some call it a movement, others call it a generational shift in values. DamNation documents both — and the undeniable momentum behind river restoration that has begun to take hold in our country.
Following the movie, a panel of community leaders representing various user groups will engage in a discussion about the future use of the river. Community members representing any user group are encouraged to stay post movie and – respectfully – engage in the discussion. “The objective of this panel discussion is to hear and consider the perspectives of different user groups on the future of the White Salmon River. The removal of the dam inevitably means change on the river and we have the potential to use this opportunity for collaborative community envisioning that allows all users of the river to work together. What are the exciting new potential uses and what are potential related concerns we need to jointly address,” says organizer of this years’ symposium Heather Kowalewski of All Adventures Rafting.
Reservations for the rafting trip, BBQ and movie can be made by phone 800.306.1673/509 493 8989 or online at www.wetplanetwhitewater.com. Follow White Salmon River Fest on Facebook for event details.
Concluding the days’ events, celebrations continue at the Husum Riverside B&B & Ice House Café. Boaters appetites are satisfied by Big Man’s Rotisserie – often seen boating on the river himself, thirst can be quenched with local brews by Everybody’s brewing (of course) and tunes are provided by Husum resident, river guide, kayaker and musician Keel Brighton with the High Prairie Ramblers.
For more information about the White Salmon Riverfest & Symposium, contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.wetplanetwhitewater.com, 509 493 8989,