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November 1, 2012: Vol. 2, #10

In This Edition
The San Joaquin River Needs Your Voice
Pit River & The Shasta Crayfish
FOR Benefit Concert in Davis - Nov 3rd
Rachel Lynn Gertz

The San Joaquin River Alert

The San Joaquin River is California’s second largest river, and is an incredible natural resource that deserves our support. Not only does it support California’s agricultural economy, but it also provides incredible opportunities for birds and other wildlife to thrive.

Congress in 2009 passed the San Joaquin River Restoration Program to ensure that this great river will prosper well into the future. Audubon California and our partners in the I’m for the River Campaign support the San Joaquin River Restoration Project because it will provide water for farms and a healthy river for our communities to enjoy, as well as a place for wildlife to thrive.

To keep the momentum going, we need our elected leaders to know that we support the restoration. We need you to tell them that you’re for the River.

TAKE ACTION:  Send them an email right now.


Pit River & The Shasta Crayfish
Katy Cotter, Legal Counsel

On October 29, 2012, Friends of the River (FOR) and American Whitewater (AW) filed a Motion to Intervene in a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceeding on the Pit 1 Hydroelectric Project. This proceeding involves the approval of a Shasta Crayfish Study Plan submitted by PG&E as part of its Section 401 certification by the State Water Resources Control Board.  The Motion emphasizes the need for PG&E to evaluate the impacts of the entire hydroelectric project on the Shasta Crayfish, not just the impacts of discrete elements of the project, such as flushing flows.  We provided detailed descriptions as to what information we expect to see in the reports that follow from these Study Plans. We also reiterated our desire to have a population study, as most studies would be futile if we do not have a good understanding of Shasta Crayfish population that currently inhabits the Pit 1 Bypass Reach. We expect that our intervention will ensure that the evaluation of the Project impacts to the Shasta Crayfish is based on good science and is thorough.


Friends of the River Benefit House Concert
Event Link: FOR Benefit Show

N Street Music will host a benefit house concert at the N Street Cohousing Common house in Davis on November 3rd, 2012.  The show will feature three renowned guitarists Magic Brook Scofield, Rex Richardson and J. Cedar Seeger each playing solo acoustic sets of original music  in support of  Friends of the River, California’s statewide river conservation organization. $10 suggested donation at the door.. Show from 8pm to 12pm, refreshments available for donation.  For reservations and other inquiries, please email N Street Music

Magic Brook defies labels and genres with his soulful acoustic guitar work and unique blend of sounds. Brook’s fluid two-hand guitar technique, percussive use of the instrument and blending of styles enables him to create his own intriguing brand of powerful acoustic music.   Rex Richardson travels from the beautiful Salmon River on this rare occasion. As a specialist in interpreting poetry as song, he blends the work of such poets as T.S. Elliot, Robert Frost and Dylan Thomas with his expertise in flamenco, classical, jazz and folk guitar styles. He finds expression in performing solo and in ensembles of varying musical genres including Celtic, Rock & Roll and R & B.

Tim Palmer’s California Glaciers book tour

Tim Palmer has written twenty-two books about the American landscape, conservation, adventure travel, and rivers. California Wild, a text and photographic book, won the Benjamin Franklin Award for the best book on nature and the environment in 2004. Palmer wrote the text for the Yosemite Association’s Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness, which
 received the Director’s Award from the National Park Service as the best book of the year in 1997. His other books include, Rivers of America, which features 200 color photos of rivers nationwide, Rivers of California, and Luminous Mountains, published by Heyday in collaboration with the Yosemite Association. Palmer has traveled extensively through the mountains of California by foot and on skis, with his canoe and whitewater raft, and in his well-equipped van.

Upcoming Dates: Wed Nov 07 2012
California Glaciers: Corte Madera Presentation 7:00 PM
REI Corte Madera 213 Corte Madera Town Ctr, Corte Madera, CA map




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Rachel Lynn Gertz
By Erica Neuman, FOR River Guide & Volunteer
The FOR community and the entire world lost an amazing spirit and beautiful soul last weekend when Rachael Gertz died in an auto accident.

I was fortunate to have been in the FOR summer river guide school training with Rachael in 2007. We rafted together a lot during training and that wonderful summer. She was fiercely fun, fearless and contagiously enthusiastic. I am deeply saddened by this tragic loss and my heart felt sympathies go out to all who loved her and will miss her forever.
There will be a memorial service for Rachael in Sacramento on Sunday. Below is her obituary and information about a memorial fund set up by family to help her husband and two beautiful babies with this unexpected financial burden.
I hope to see some other FOR river people on Sunday as we pay our respects, say our heart-felt good-byes and support each other at this time of incredible, unbelievable loss.
Obituary: Rachael Lynn Gertz (D'Agostino)

Born 01/18/1985 in Roseville, CA tragically lost her life in a car accident on 10/20/2012.

At the age of 27, her's was a life lost too soon. She was a warm, kind-hearted young woman who loved family and most of all enjoyed being a wife and a mother to her 2 small children. She attended Bella Vista and Options For Youth, graduating in 2003. Her goal was to be a pediatric nurse and she had attended classes at American River College, where she was the President of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).
She was a certified river rafting guide for Friends Of The River prior to becoming a parent and enjoyed every experience. Rachael lived every day to the fullest with hobbies including: hiking/jogging, snowboarding, skateboarding with her dogs, tending to her garden, cooking, music, and entertaining family and friends. She was a very creative person and was great at capturing memories. She was always the energy in the room and those who knew her - know her smile and her laugh.
She is survived by her husband, Ryan; 3 yr old daughter, Ruby; and 1 yr old son, Robert. Parents Mark and Becky D'Agostino of Citrus Heights, Ca; grandparents Carl and Evelyn D'Agostino; grandparents Dale and Judy Kleinhans; sister Jessica Prescott and her husband Kenneth. In-laws Gary and Janice Gertz of Post Falls, ID; grandmother Marvel Gertz; brother-in-law Jason Gertz and his wife Sara; sister-in-law Valerie Castro; sister-in-law Michelle Rhodes and her husband Adam; nieces Marissa Castro and Addison Rhodes; nephew Hans Gertz.

Memorial service was held on Sunday, October 28, 2012.

The RACHAEL GERTZ MEMORIAL FUND has been set up at every Wells Fargo Bank to ease the financial burden of this tragedy.

"The song of the river ends not at her banks, but in the hearts of those who have loved her."
-- Buffalo Joe

Sincerely and with much river love,
Erica "Duck-E" (sister-guide)
C: 510-917-6978 (feel free to call me if you want to talk or just need a listening ear).



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