What makes the Yuba River unique?
- It is home to some of California's strongest
remaining runs of Chinook salmon and steelhead trout listed under
the state and federal Endangered Species Acts.
- One of the most ambitious river restoration
programs in the entire United States was begun here in early 2001,
to determine if it is feasible to reintroduce the Chinook and
- This river hosts the 4th highest number of
dams of any watershed in the state.
- 44 threatened, endangered or "Species
of Special Concern" are found in the Lower and Upper Yuba
- The Yuba has the highest intrusion of roads
in steep canyons of any watershed in the Sierra Nevadas. It has
more than 1270 stream crossings and 600 miles of near stream roads.
- Pete has some land there.
NEWS UPDATE: Earthrace
has been forced to abandon its record attempt after the boat sustained
storm damage just out from Malaga, Spain.
Earthrace wishes to extend its
thanks to our thousands of supporters for their unwavering support
during this first attempt.
Earthrace has announced plans for a European promotional
The Earthrace Project is presently making plans to
visit up to 40 European cities during an upcoming promotional tour
covering the next 8 months. The showpiece of the tour is a revolutionary
and spectacular-looking, biodiesel-powered boat simply called
Earthrace was built to attempt to break the world
record for circumnavigation of the globe by a powerboat. Earthrace
began its record attempt on April 7 from San Diego, California with
the goal to finish in San Diego on or before 21 June 2007 to break
the record of 75 days set by the British boat Cable & Wireless
in 1998. However the boat suffered storm damage just prior to arriving
in Malaga, Spain and was forced to abandon the attempt. Earthrace
was on track to break the record prior to withdrawing from the race.
Earthrace crew is presently considering another attempt
at the world record for March 2008.
I was listening to KZSU (Stanford University radio) and they had
an interview with this British alady who was fun loving as hell. And
she has a story ... - Dan
Following her successful crossing of the Atlantic in 2006, Roz Savage
is bidding to be the first woman ever to row solo across the Pacific
Ocean. Her 3-stage row launches from San Francisco in Summer 2007.
It was the year 2000, I was 33 years old, and I seemed to have the
perfect life. I had a job, a husband, a home, a little red sports
In theory, I should have been happy.
Fast forward to March 2006. I am 38, divorced, homeless, and alone
in a tiny rowing boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. My last
hot meal was two months ago, before my camping stove broke. My stereo
is bust. Ive had no human contact since my satellite phone stopped
working several weeks ago. All four of my oars are broken and Ive
had to patch them up with duct tape and makeshift splints. I have
tendonitis in my shoulders and saltwater sores on my backside.
I have battled twenty-foot waves, sleep deprivation, self-doubt and
depression. But I have never been happier.
They said I was crazy. They said I wasnt big enough, not tall
enough, not strong enough.
But at last, after three thousand miles and 103 days at sea, I am
about to accomplish my goal. I am proving that anybody can achieve
the extraordinary, if only they have enough guts and determination
and sheer bloody-mindedness to see it through.
I am realizing my dream, one stroke at a time.
more can be read at http://www.rozsavage.com
I was looking for a pic of the Sonoma County Sherrif's Boat and
found this on the Bodega
Bay Navigator :
Saturday May 5 rescuers seach
for missing divers
Scotty Creek May 5, 2007 -------- Legions of rescuers launched a
desparate effort Saturday after two scuba divers were reported missing
at Scotty Creek. A film crew doing a commerical for Kawasaki saw two
divers enter the surf and not return. They called 911 about an hour
after the divers in black and blue dry suits and scuba tanks went
in the water. An underwater "scooter" used for transportation
washed up onto Gleason Beach at Scotty Creek. The film crew
not associated with the divers found the scooter and
figured the divers were in trouble.
Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputies responded with their boat
The Mussell Point moored at Spud Point Marina. Sheriff's
helicopter, Henry-One, responded from the Sonoma County Airport. Local
Deputy Charlie Bone responded. State Park Rangers and Lifeguards responded.
Bodega Bay Fire and ambulance was also on scene ready to help. Bodega
Bay Coast Guard Station sent a lifeboat and a helicopter from Alameda
Three Lifeguard entered the water, one at the south end of Portuguese
Beach, two at Scotty Creek.
The boats watched outside of the rock line cruising the area. The
helicopters flew overhead repeatedly scanning for any sign of the
divers. State Park Rangers watched from the cliff tops. The Lifeguards
swam north against the nearshore current. The other two lifeguard
swam out toward several large rocks that are interesting to divers.
Another State Park Ranger checked cars at Scotty Creek and at the
nearby parking areas for an unaccounted for vehicle.
State Park Rangers and Bodega Bay Fire called off the active search
after 40 minutes. By then the divers would certainly be out of air.
Helicopter Henry-One flew back to Sonoma County Airport. Shortly afterwards
the Coast Guard helicopter was recalled to another search underway
in San Francisco Bay.
Shortly after, the two divers walked out of the surf at Scotty Creek.
They were diving with a special air tanks and air that allowed just
over two hours underwater.
They had lost their scooter and gave up finding it. The divers were
unharmed and the rescuers had a live training exercise.