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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.

"River wars: anglers and canoeists battle over Avon" (England)
"A river war has broken out between canoeists and anglers over their rights to the River Avon.

"The paddlers say they have an ancient right to use the waterway while the fisherman say the 'garish' craft are scaring away the fish and damaging a Site of Special Scientific Interest. And some landowners with estates bordering the river have banned the boats, warning they will lose a vital source of income if the anglers go elsewhere.

"The row has now got so out of hand it has turned violent - with canoeists saying they have been threatened with shotguns. There has also been a warning that potentially fatal razor wire will be stretched across the water to stop them using the river..."

Complete story: Salisbury Journal
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Humpback whales shock surfer " (Santa Cruz, CA)
"Humpback whales shocked a bikini-clad surfer and two kayakers this past week when they leapt out of the water and lunged disturbingly close to the group in the waters off Santa Cruz, California. According to the Los Angeles Times, the humpback whales are traveling unusually close to the shore in search of food. In turn, overeager sightseers are traveling dangerously near to the enormous mammals ..."
Complete story with video: Huffington Post
Entry contributed by Honey Leveen.

"Two new parks will show river in natural state" (San Antonio, TX)

"As the San Antonio River passes under Loop 1604 in south Bexar County, it becomes a different kind of river. It's no longer a tourist attraction sitting between cement walls. Nor is it the sculpted backdrop of a park. Here it's as close as it will ever get to being a wild river.


"Come January, the San Antonio River Authority is inviting the public to experience the river in its original form by opening two new parks connected by the 13-mile-long Saspamco Paddling Trail..."

Complete story:
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Sad tuber denied beer
'Can ban' on rivers upheld by New Braunfels voters" (New Braunfels, TX)
"New Braunfels voters on Tuesday decided to prohibit beer cans and other disposable containers on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers — two popular Texas getaways during the scorching summers — even though the measure riled partygoers and set off a backlash led by local businesses.The ballot referendum passed with 58 percent of the vote. It upheld a ban passed in August by the New Braunfels City Council..."
Complete story:
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Border bill pits security against the environment" (Minneapolis, MN)
"The Border Patrol would gain unprecedented authority over Minnesota's environmental landmarks on our northern border, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Voyageurs National Park, under legislation winding through Congress.


More than 30 environmental laws would be waived and the Department of Homeland Security would be allowed to build roads, erect fences, set up monitoring equipment and use vehicles to patrol public lands within 100 miles of the Mexican and Canadian borders, according to proposed legislation in the House..."

Complete story: Star Tribune
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"Rescuers save man from canoe frozen in lake" (Canada)
"A 56-year-old man trapped on a northern Saskatchewan lake after his canoe became embedded in ice was safely brought to shore after a rescue effort that took hours..."
Complete story: CBC News
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"Fisherman drowns when kayak overturns" (Wisconsin)
"A fisherman has drowned after his kayak apparently capsized on Shell Lake in northwestern Wisconsin..."
Complete story: Chronicle
Entry contributed by John RIch.

"Hunter falls from kayak, drowns" (New York)
"State police say a 43-year-old man is dead after he fell out of his kayak and drowned in a Lake Ontario cove while trying to retrieve a duck he had shot..."
Complete story: Chronicle
Entry contributed by John Rich.