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S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers

o Hydropower owners have expressed concern that sharing release information or providing releases for the purpose of recreation exposes their companies to liability. This concern is a distraction from the real issue, and is generally considered a red herring or non-issue by FERC and other groups that are intimately familiar with the licensing process. More: American Whitewater

o Study Finds Jet Skis/PWC Account for 55 percent of all Vessel Collisions in U.S. The report examines the wide range of impacts PWC use has on other recreational activities and on recreational waterway environments. Hostile Waters concludes that PWC use, which is allowed on over 98 percent of the nation’s surface waters, not only poses a serious and disproportionate safety threat, but significantly diminishes the ability of the public to enjoy other water-related activities, degrades the quality of recreational waters and adversely impacts a wide variety of wildlife. More: American Canoe Association

o Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) is "first aid" for the effects of a wildfire. The objective of BAER is to alleviate emergency conditions using proven, effective approaches to mitigate significant threats to life, property, and downstream values. Emergency rehabilitation is intended to protect resources damaged by the fire and temporarily in a fragile condition. More

o Science Academy endorses prescription to cure the Corps. As Congress considers reforms to address the scandal-plagued planning process at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Rivers hailed a National Academy of Sciences finding today that the agency's studies of costly and controversial projects "should be subjected to independent review by objective, expert panels." More: American Rivers

Splashes: The Los Angeles River - Physics of Kayaking - Severn Bore - Team FROGS - Forecast ENSO Conditions

River Notes for Monday, August 26, 2002

Important information about River Notes.

Congratulations to U.S. (and Kern) paddler Rebecca Giddens in her 1st place finish in the Women's K1 at the 2002 World Canoe-Kayak Slalom Championship at Bourg St Maurice, France!

Rebecca overcame a 1.33 second deficit that resulted from a gate touch in the Semi-finals, with a blazing fast run in the Finals that was more than 3 seconds faster than Silver medallist Mandy Planert of Germany. Rebecca's husband and coach, Eric Giddens, was 9th after qualifying to lead the U.S. men's kayaks against a very tough International field. Only 10 boats go to the Finals, and a gate touch in his Semi-final run put him just out of the top ten. For more info about Rebecca and Eric see our Kern River Gallery #18.

The 17th Annual End of Summer Blowout is September 7th & 8th, 2002 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Sierra South in Kernville, CA. Join us in person and on-line to take advantage of the most aggressive pricing we have ever offered! All in stock items will be on sale and priced to move!!

20%-50% off boats: Some even below wholesale! Over 150 New and Used boats to choose from including Whitewater, Touring, and Recreational Kayaks, Sit-on-Tops, Inflatable Kayaks and Hyside Rafts!! If you want a certain boat, call us. We probably have it! Boats will be added to inventory during the week preceding the sale so the complete list of boats will grow longer until Saturday, September 7th.

15%-50% off all store merchandise: Paddling gear, footwear, men’s, women’s and kid’s apparel, dry bags, gear bags and more!!!

30%-70% off rental gear: Life jackets, paddles, helmets, paddle jackets, spray skirts, wetsuits, booties, etc.!

For a list of boats that will be on sale go to the 17th Annual End of Summer Blowout page or download a printable PDF format sale flyer. For descriptions, pictures, and retail prices of most our new and used boats go to New & Used Kayaks and Rafts. For kayak specifications and links to in-stock boats see our Interactive Kayak Comparison Chart.

According to McNally Fire Incident Information site the McNally Fire is now 91% contained and has burned 150,420 acres. A total of 1,452 personnel including 16 helicopters, 2 dozers, 39 water tenders, 58 fire engines, 30 handcrews, and numerous support personnel are fighting the fire. Estimated cost to date is $43.0 million.

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info. (SCE reports that flow phone data is updated twice daily. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821.)

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Upper Kern

Lower Kern

Above Fairview* Below Fairview* At Kernville Lake Isabella Below Democrat Dam*
Date & Time Flow (cfs) Flow (cfs) Stage Flow (cfs) Total Outflow to River to Borel Canal Storage
(acre-feet)
Flow (cfs)
26AUG2002 0800 -- -- 4.13 128 615 168 447 104819 --
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '02 WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
Weather NWS NWS Extended CNN Washington Post Satellite Radar Kernville RAWS RAWS Archive
*Flow values from SCE Flow Phone. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821. Reportedly, flows are updated twice daily.

More information concerning flow and weather can be found on our LINKS page.


S T R E A M L I N E S
News & Info for Paddlers

o Hydropower owners have expressed concern that sharing release information or providing releases for the purpose of recreation exposes their companies to liability. This concern is a distraction from the real issue, and is generally considered a red herring or non-issue by FERC and other groups that are intimately familiar with the licensing process. More: American Whitewater

o Study Finds Jet Skis/PWC Account for 55 percent of all Vessel Collisions in U.S. The report examines the wide range of impacts PWC use has on other recreational activities and on recreational waterway environments. Hostile Waters concludes that PWC use, which is allowed on over 98 percent of the nation’s surface waters, not only poses a serious and disproportionate safety threat, but significantly diminishes the ability of the public to enjoy other water-related activities, degrades the quality of recreational waters and adversely impacts a wide variety of wildlife. More: American Canoe Association

o Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation (BAER) is "first aid" for the effects of a wildfire. The objective of BAER is to alleviate emergency conditions using proven, effective approaches to mitigate significant threats to life, property, and downstream values. Emergency rehabilitation is intended to protect resources damaged by the fire and temporarily in a fragile condition. More

o Science Academy endorses prescription to cure the Corps. As Congress considers reforms to address the scandal-plagued planning process at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Rivers hailed a National Academy of Sciences finding today that the agency's studies of costly and controversial projects "should be subjected to independent review by objective, expert panels." More: American Rivers

Splashes: The Los Angeles River - Physics of Kayaking - Severn Bore - Team FROGS - Forecast ENSO Conditions

River Notes for Wednesday, August 7, 2002

Important information about River Notes.

The 17th Annual End of Summer Blowout is September 7th & 8th, 2002 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at Sierra South in Kernville, CA. Join us in person and on-line to take advantage of the most aggressive pricing we have ever offered! All in stock items will be on sale and priced to move!!

20%-50% off boats: Some even below wholesale! Over 150 New and Used boats to choose from including Whitewater, Touring, and Recreational Kayaks, Sit-on-Tops, Inflatable Kayaks and Hyside Rafts!! If you want a certain boat, call us. We probably have it! Boats will be added to inventory during the week preceding the sale so the complete list of boats will grow longer until Saturday, September 7th.

15%-50% off all store merchandise: Paddling gear, footwear, men’s, women’s and kid’s apparel, dry bags, gear bags and more!!!

30%-70% off rental gear: Life jackets, paddles, helmets, paddle jackets, spray skirts, wetsuits, booties, etc.!

For a list of boats that will be on sale go to the 17th Annual End of Summer Blowout page or download a printable PDF format sale flyer. For descriptions, pictures, and retail prices of most our new and used boats go to New & Used Kayaks and Rafts. For kayak specifications and links to in-stock boats see our Interactive Kayak Comparison Chart.

According to McNally Fire Incident Information site the McNally Fire has been 55% contained and has burned 105,604 acres. A total of 1,582 personnel including 12 helicopters, 3 air tankers, 11 dozers, 30 water tenders, 55 fire engines, 32 handcrews, and 560 support personnel are fighting the fire. Estimated cost to date is $22.3 million.

The fire started near Roads End Resort, which was destroyed by the fire, and then advanced to the north, west and east. This map from the SNF Fire Information web site shows the extent of the fire as of August 5, at 5:00 am. River reaches in the burn area include Fairview, Limestone, Brush Creek, Dry Meadow Creek and the Forks. This USFS photo from July 22, shows the fire burning near Limestone. Sequoia National Monument is located within the western flank of the fire, and at one time the fire advanced to within a mile of the Packsaddle Giant Sequoia grove This Area Fire History Map shows the locations of the Giant Sequoia groves relative to the fire as of July 26.

Here is a snapshot of today's flow and reservoir data. Click on "Current" to get the latest info. (SCE reports that flow phone data is updated twice daily. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821.)

EquipmentThe Sierra South Online StoreClick!


 

Upper Kern

Lower Kern

Above Fairview* Below Fairview* At Kernville Lake Isabella Below Democrat Dam*
Date & Time Flow (cfs) Flow (cfs) Stage Flow (cfs) Total Outflow to River to Borel Canal Storage
(acre-feet)
Flow (cfs)
07AUG2002 0400 n/a n/a 4.32 169 665 148 517 124333 356
Kern Flow Info Current 5 Day Plot 10 Day Plot Month WY '02 WY '01 WY '00 WY '99
Weather NWS NWS Extended CNN Washington Post Satellite Radar Kernville RAWS RAWS Archive
*Flow values from SCE Flow Phone. For current information call 877-537-6356 or 760-376-8821. Reportedly, flows are updated twice daily.

More information concerning flow and weather can be found on our LINKS page.

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