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LMRD 743, Thursday, Oct 3, 2019
The Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
"Voice of the Mississippi River"


In 2 Days -- this Saturday!
Beautiful weather: sunny, lows in 60s, highs in 80s

Sat Oct 5th: Buck Island Canoe Race
Helena, AR: The first-ever canoe race on this section of of the Mississippi River!

***You can still Register***

Click here:

Buck Island Canoe Race Registration


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QUAPAW CANOE COMPANY OFFERING RENTALS FOR RACE:

*CANOES: $25 EA W/PADDLE & PFD

*KAYAKS: $45 EA W/PADDLE & PFD

*POSITION IN ONE OF OUR VOYAGEUR CANOES:
$50 EA W/PADDLE & PFD, GUIDED BY ONE OF THE MIGHTY QUAPAW GUIDES!

*SHUTTLE TO RACE START AT MOUTH OF THE ST. FRANCIS RIVER: $25/EA

Contact John Ruskey john@island63.com or 662-902-7841 for rental arrangements. *Note: rentals do not include registration. You need to register for race by going to: Buck Island Canoe Race Registration

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**Keep reading below for more info about race**

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Tonight! MPB features the Mississippi River tonight, Oct 3rd, and Sat, Oct 5th:

2-part series covering a Mississippi River Adventure on Mississippi Outdoors! Thursday Oct 3rd, 7:30pm and Sat Oct 5th at 5:30pm. On MPB, Mississippi Public Broadcasting.


On Mississippi Outdoors we explore the wonder of our state's natural resources and experience the thrill of outdoor adventure. From hunting and fishing to just about anything outdoors, we explore it all. Let us show you where to go and what to do.

Mississippi Outdoors is a production of the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.


Stories from the Delta:

Teaching Youth to Navigate a River – and Life

Click here for story about Mark River made by the Walton Family Foundation

Canoe guide Mark ‘River’ Peoples uses the power of the Mississippi River to inspire and educate his students

Click here for video made by the Walton Family Foundation





***ANNOUNCING***

FIRST ANNUAL

BUCK ISLAND RIVER RACE

ST FRANCIS TO HELENA

OCTOBER 5TH, 2019

EVENT INFO

The Buck Island Canoe Race will be the first ever canoe race on this section of of the Mississippi River. All proceeds from the event support the Lower Mississippi River Foundation’s educational programming that connects youth in the Delta to the Mississippi River.

Caution: The Mississippi River has strong currents and can be dangerous. Strong winds may create more challenges for paddlers. See Safety Information below for more on how to paddle the Mississippi

THE COURSE:

The race begins at the mouth of the St Francis River and will travel 9 miles down the Mississippi River. The race will travel past Buck Island and end at the Helena River Park.

THE SCHEDULE:

7:30- 8:30 Registration at LMRF’s office (107 Perry St, Helena, Arkansas)

8:30-9:00 Drive to the mouth of the St Francis

9:00-9:30 Unload boats and prep for the race

9:30- Race begins!

11:00-12:00- Estimated arrival time at Helena River Park. The course takes 1.5- 2.5 hours to run.

11:30-1:00 - Celebration at Helena River Park

1:00- Shuttle back to start

SHUTTLING

All racers are responsible for shuttling their own boat to the start at the mouth of the St Francis River. You can hire Quapaw Canoe Company providing shuttles to race start $25/person. LMRF will provide a shuttle from harbor back to pick up your car at 1 pm.

If you would like to have your car driven back down so it is waiting for you at the end of the race we will shuttle it for an additional $25 fee.

SAFETY INFORMATION

All racers must wear a life jacket at all times during the race. Each boat must also be equipped with a throw rope and bailer. Boats will be checked for safety equipment at check-in.

There are strong currents on the Mississippi River that can cause challenges for boaters. We recommend that one person in your boat is an experienced paddler. Learn more about paddling on the Big River at Rivergator.org

REGISTRATION

Minimum Donation per person

$65- Early Bird Registration before September 21st

$75- After September 21st

All proceeds from the event help support connecting youth in the Delta to the Mississippi River.

Register online or by contacting the Lower Mississippi River Foundation at 870-228-2421 or info@lowermsfoundation.org.

OTHER QUESTIONS?

What types of boats can enter? Canoes, kayaks and SUPs of any size are welcome!

I don’t own my own boat, can I still participate? Rentals are available from Quapaw Canoe Company. Contact them to reserve yours.

Do I need to fill out a waiver? Yes, you will fill out a waiver during check in

I don’t want to race, can I still participate? Yes! You are welcome to watch the start and end of the race with us. You can also join the celebration at the end of the race. If you plan to eat please make a $10 donation to cover the cost of food. If you want to volunteer for the day you can eat for free! Contact 870-228-2421 if you want to volunteer.

Can a youth under 18 participate? Yes! A legal guardian must be present to sign the waiver for each participant under 18.

What should I bring the day of the race? We will send you a packing list when you register.

Where can I stay in Helena? Check out motel options in Helena. Camping is available at Mississippi River State Park. Several Air B&B’s are also available in town. Check out a list of other events and attractions in Helena to plan your trip!



More info about Buck Island Canoe Race:


Event Location:

The Race will begin on the Mississippi River at the mouth of the St. Francis River, RBD mile 672.3, and proceed downstream staying right bank descending approx nine miles downstream to RBD mile 663, the mouth of the Helena Harbor, where it will round the corner into the harbor. Paddlers will continue into harbor for finish line near the Helena Harbor Boat Ramp. If the water is high enough (above 20 on the Helena Gage), the race course will go down the back channel behind Prairie Point Towhead. If the river is not high enough (below 20 on the Helena Gage), the course will continue RBD around the perimeter of Prairie Point Towhead, and then across the bottom of the island RBD, and down the harbor, all RBD. Regardless of water level, the course will stay right bank descending in its duration, and will not cross navigation channel at any point.

Description of Event:

The Helena Canoe & Kayak Race will be a recreational event from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Sat, Oct 5th for understanding and enjoyment of the Mississippi River. This will be the first-ever Helena Canoe & Kayak Race for the city of Helena, Arkansas. It is overseen by the Lower Mississippi River Foundation. We hope that it is successful, and that it will grow in future years.

Types of Participating Boats/Craft:

Canoes, all lengths

Kayaks, all lengths

Paddleboards, all lengths

Types of Participating Boats/Craft:

Canoes, all types, no restrictions

Kayaks, all types, no restrictions

Paddleboards, all types, no restrictions

Description of Event:

The Helena Canoe & Kayak Race will be a recreational event from 9:30am to 12:30pm on Sat, Oct 5th for understanding and enjoyment of the Mississippi River. This will be the first-ever Helena Canoe & Kayak Race for the city of Helena, Arkansas. It is overseen by the Lower Mississippi River Foundation. We hope that it is successful, and that it will grow in future years.

Will this event interfere/impede natural flow of traffic?

Even though the race is right bank descending and will not cross navigation channel at any point, we know that towboats sometimes make crew shifts at the mouth of the Helena Harbor RBD 663, and when they do they sometimes block the entrance to the harbor. Also, sometimes there is small tow traffic in and out of harbor moving single tows to and from the grain elevator within. So there might be some possible interference at the RBD 663 mouth of the Helena Harbor.

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Now Available Online!
May the River be with You
EPISODE #3
Micro Plastics




Episode 3: MICRO PLASTICS
https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/may-the-river-be-with-you

In this episode, we talk to Maya Dizack, a University of Vermont student who is spending her summer traversing the entire length of the Mississippi River to collect water samples to study water quality and micro plastics within the ecosystem. We also talk to Quapaw Canoe Company founder John Ruskey about his observations on how micro plastics could be affecting the river environment. Also featuring "River Stories" with Coop Cooper, "Reflections" with Mark River and "River Time" with John Ruskey.

go to: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/may-the-river-be-with-you



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Quapaw Canoe Company guide, Tanner Aljets, recently on PRI!

Environment
The Mississippi: Pushed to the brink

Up and down the Mississippi River, new pressures are being put on America’s inland hydro highway, which helps deliver US goods and commodities to the rest of the world and allows trade flows to return. The strain on the river system is only becoming more acute with the impacts of climate change.
PRI's The World

September 03, 2019 · 2:00 PM EDT
By Jason Margolis

For story, click here:

Environment
The Mississippi: Pushed to the brink

--- Also on BBC ---


The Mississippi: Pushed to the brink
Boston Calling:
With globalization and climate change, life on the Mississippi river is under threat.

Or:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3csy5ty

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Shout Out to Scott Shirey:

Our paddles are up and we are sending a special "shout- out' to our friend and passionate, dedicated, educator, poet, leader "Bold Eagle" Scott Shirey -- Eastern Arkansas KIPP founder/director extraordinaire -- also founding treasurer of the Lower Mississippi River Foundation. Scott, your ripples emanate outwards all around us on the river and in the schools; we look forward to whatever adventures lie awaiting for you around the bend!

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