White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium returns

HUSUM —The White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium kicks off July 10 with the popular annual community float. This affordable, $20 raft trip is designed for the local community to enjoy the river together.

After the rafting trip, rafters and event attendees are invited to grab lunch by the newest eatery in Husum, Big Man’s Rotisserie.

The Symposium agenda offers a list of current and relevant topics about the river since the Condit Dam came out in spring 2012.

“The landscape of the White Salmon River has changed, and we hope to provide information on current issues for river users and landowners that pertain to the river and its resources,” said Jeanette Burkhardt, organizer of this year’s symposium.

For more information about the White Salmon Riverfest and Symposium, contact: jaco@wetplanetwhi..., visit www.wetplanetwhit..., or call 509-493-8989.

Reservations for the rafting trip can be made by phone at 800-306-1673 or 509-493-8989 or online at www.wetplanetwhit...

(Please note: The trip

is especially for those who live in Gorge communities.)

The topics, presented by regional experts, include a “state of the river” overview; conservation resources available to landowners; the threat, identification and prevention of the spread of aquatic invasive species; watershed stewardship; and fish resources: an update and what to expect. A moderated discussion will follow with a panel of river-related specialists, who will wrestle with the benefits and challenges of wood in the river.

Additional sub-basin and river-related information will be provided by organizations at table displays. Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife staff will hold two demonstrations on how to decontaminate a water craft (using a boat-washing station outside the fire hall) in order to prevent the introduction or spread of aquatic invasive species, and visitors will have opportunities to interact with presenters and panelists.

Following the symposium it is time to get out on the river again for the Social Paddle and Trash Bash. Paddlers are challenged to pick up as much trash as possible, and prizes will be given for the most and/or funniest river trash collected.

The party will move to Husum Riverside B&B and Ice House Café for pizza by Solstice, and beverages. OPB’s documentary about the White Salmon River, “The White Salmon River Runs Free: Breaching the Condit Dam,” will be screened. Local band The Shed Shakers will also perform.

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