Water is Life! / ¡El Agua Es Vida! Ríos to Rivers' triumphant arrival to the mouth of the Klamath River
Ríos to Rivers being welcomed to the town of Requa at the mouth of the Klamath River by Yurok Tribe girls singing traditional songs
Ríos to Rivers students prepare to take part in a stream restoration project at Ukonom Creek on the Klamath River
From the Andes to the Pacific Ocean: Ríos to Rivers' triumphant arrival to the mouth of the Río Baker.
Ríos to Rivers students visiting Copco 1 Dam; one of the four Klamath River dams slated for removal in 2021
Ríos to Rivers arriving in formation to the Pacific Ocean after a six day river-trip expedition down the Río Baker, in Patagonia, Chile
Ríos to Rivers paddling on the endangered Río Baker
Ríos to Rivers putting on the Río Baker for the five day trip to the Pacific Ocean
The Revolution will be Restorative, Ríos to Rivers students talk about their experiences traversing the Klamath Basin to a crowd in Requa, CA
Ríos to Rivers at the scout for the famous Lava Falls Rapid during their 12 day kayak trip in the Grand Canyon
Ríos to Rivers students celebrate a beautiful and colorful day on the Río Baker in Patagonia, Chile
Ríos to Rivers participating in the 59th birthday for the remote and rural town of Cochrane, Patagonia, Chile
To inspire the protection of rivers through youth-focused experiential and educational cross-culture exchange programs, where underserved students are empowered to become informed stewards and ambassadors for their rivers and the communities who depend on them.
Ríos to Rivers' bold new goal
When the largest dam removal in history takes place on the Klamath River in 2021, Ríos to Rivers will bring youth representatives, from 20 rivers throughout the Americas to the Klamath to witness the demolition of the dams and continue their educations to explore why functioning dams are being removed to restore the health of the river, fish populations and the livelihoods of the local communities.
How we will achieve this goal?
Over the next three years, leading up to the removal of the dams, Ríos to Rivers will conduct a series of in-country exchanges between rivers in Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Chile, Peru and the United States. We will then select two of the most committed student ambassadors from each river basin to travel to the dam removal celebration in 2021.
The first of these preparatory exchanges starts this January, 2019
Ríos to Rivers will connect 20 youth from Chile's Maipo, Ñuble, Biobío, Futaleufú, Baker Basins and Argentina's Santa Cruz River Basin.
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Ríos to Rivers Featured on Chilean National TV
Millions of Chileans watched a 25 minute documentary about the Escualos Kayak Club and their trip down the Grand Canyon with Ríos to Rivers! The film, which aired on TVN, (Televisión Nacional de Chile) delves into the young kayakers role in protecting their imperiled rivers and the lessons they learned while running the Grand Canyon, and meeting with energy experts, ecologists, politicians and dam builders.
When we first met the young kayakers of the Escualos Kayak Club and saw the love and joy the endangered Río Baker gave them; our hearts were broken. The Baker was slated to be dammed and there seemed little hope of changing this fact. Over the last few years through the dedication of many NGOs, the tireless work of countless volunteers, and support from individuals, including you, the Baker and nearby Pascua rivers run free, for now.
Ríos to Rivers united young kayakers from Patagonia, Chile and Colorado with kayaking expeditions in Chile on the Río Baker and in the US on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The Chilean kayakers saw for the first time a mega-dam and the resultant impacts on the river. US students experienced the majesty of an undeveloped river flowing through a pristine wilderness. The group learned about the ecological impacts of dams, explored viable renewable energy sources, and took part in cultural exchange.
TRIP REPORTS ABOUT EXCHANGES HERE:
KLAMATH EXCHANGE • RÍO BAKER EXCHANGE
Learn about the rivers in peril in Patagonia and the youth kayak club that inspired the creation of Ríos to Rivers: