Palmetto Paddlers has arranged to have ACA whitewater kayaking Instructor Trainer Educator Larry Ausley conduct a River Trip Leaders Training Clinic next month on the Saluda River. It will include four hours of classroom training the evening of Oct. 28 and eight hours of river time Oct. 29.  The class is open to both whitewater and flat water boaters. Larry is a highly regarded Instructor Trainer in whitewater kayaking, river safety and rescue and coastal kayaking. 
 
           Best of all, the club is picking up most of the cost of the course, so the price for PP members is just $20. That’s an incredible bargain to improve your knowledge and abilities in trip planning, equipment and supplies planning, group management on the river, incident prevention and reaction and deep-water and river rescues.
 
           Taking this course will improve your paddling skills and make your trips better, safer and more fun. And did I mention it’s ONLY $20!!!
 
           If you have coordinated a club trip or think you might want to lead a trip in the future, sign up today!!! There are only 10 spots available in the class. PP members get first dibs, but in the coming weeks, we’ll open it up to non-members at a cost of $30. Email Les Case at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

The action we hope to see is a "build it back better" campaign,  starting with petition drive online to encourage Mayor and Council to include a whitewater feature or features when they repair the breach.

This can benefit multiple users at various flows, from museum families enjoying a lazy tube ride to competition playboating and fire rescue swift water instruction opportunities.

Please encourage everyone to get behind this campaign.

 

See the reports linked here:

WW Report - Final Report.pdf

Shipley WW Proposal.pdf

 

 

Action Alerts

 

  • Surface Water Withdrawal Legislation – H.3564

    • This bill would require all users who withdraw more than 3 million gallons a month to get a permit. It grandfathers in existing users and protects our rivers and current water users (especially current farmers) from new large water withdrawals.

    • House Ag & Natural Resources subcommittee hearing on May 6th, 2:30 pm at 410 Blatt Bldg

    • Contact your Representative and tell them to support H.3564

    • Contact members of the Agriculture subcommittee and tell them to support H.3564 (Click here to contact the House Ag and Natural Resources Committee)

    • Subcommittee contact info:

      • Rep. V. Stephen "Steve" Moss - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      • Rep. William M. "Bill" Chumley - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      • Rep. Gregory Duckworth - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      • Rep. Russell L. Ott - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



  • Lexington County Stream Buffers

    • Lexington currently requires 100 foot buffers for streams and rivers

    • Developers are pushing to reduce that significantly

    • Buffers are very important for water quality

    • If you live in Lexington County contact you county council member and ask them not to reduce stream buffers.

    • Lexington County Council contact info can be found at:
      www.lex-co.sc.gov

 

Post Office Box 5294 • Columbia, South Carolina 29250

(803) 760-3357 • www.congareeriverkeeper.org

 

 

I am pleased to announce three new offerings of an ACA-sanctioned Level 3: River Safety & Rescue course. 
 
Dates available: June 27th, July 25th, and August 29th

One day 8 hour course focusing heavily on self-rescue and prevention techniques 

Instruction will begin promptly at 9 a.m. and will take place on the Lower Saluda River in Columbia, SC...

The cost is $125 per person and is payable by check or money order 

There is a minimum of 3 students required to hold the course
 
Registration deadlines: 
June 22nd (for the June 27th course) 
July 20th (for the July 25th course)
August 26th (for the August 29th course)
 
Please contact me by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or message me on FB (John Derrick) to register. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email including a gear list and some further details.
 
Safety skills can save a life – including your own!
 
            SYOTR,                    
            John Derrick

Locks will change on April 1st. Keys will be available via Get Your Gear On during Business Hours: Tues. – Sun. 10am – 6pm. Plus, after hours (Parking Lot Sales) will be offered by Announcement or Appointment. First available date will be Tuesday, March 31st at the Palmetto Paddler meeting. After that you can pick up keys at Get Your Gear On.

Key prices are $75 per key. $65 if you are a current member of American Whitewater (must show proof of membership to receive the discount).

Family keys may be offered at a discount (after the initial key purchase) for spouses and live at home children (until the age of 21) for $50 each. Holding Key members (as opposed to new) may continue their key usage without interruption, by following the above stated changes and the rules stated below. New Key Members must have a recommendation from a Holding Key Member, and both the Holding Key Member And The New Key Member may be held to the standard of rule, laid out below. If rules are broken then the Parking Lot Board will handle consequences on a case by case basis. We (Saluda Lot Members) are our Brother’s and Sister’s watchful eyes. 

  1. Buy a key and Hang Tag (Hang Tag must be displayed on the car at all times)
  2. No loaning and/or copying your key
  3. You are responsible for your guests’ actions
  4. If your key is being used, you must be present
  5. Do not damage the property; if you do it will result in loss of key access.
  6. Park in appropriate parking places; do not block the gate or access road.
  7. Clean up your trash. Pack it in, Pack it out
  8. No co-owning a key
  9. Mandatory clean up and/or work days. Must attend one work day a year.
  10. Key dates are from April to April
  11. Lock gate behind you! Every time!!! No dummy locking the gate
  12. Key owners only. Do not let anyone else in the gate unless you have seen their key and it works the lock properly.
  13. If you have a large private group (ie. Palmetto Paddlers, Boy Scouts, etc) you must contact a board member one week prior to the event for approval of the extra cars.
  14. If you are paddling with someone from out of town who drives to the river separate than you, you must inform a board member of the extra vehicle.
  15. No pets left in cars. Any pets left in cars may be subject to release by any available means to gain vehicle entrance, if their health is deemed in danger by a decision of a Board Member or member on watch duty. Pets must be under control at all times.
  16. No transfer of keys. Period.
  17. You are under the jurisdiction of all State of South Carolina laws.
  18. Be mindful when changing clothes. No public drunkenness or rude behavior.
  19. Access the river at your own risk
  20. River access can be gained from this property ONLY by walking across the RR tracks at the Candi Lane RR crossing. No crossing of the tracks elsewhere will be tolerated.
  21. No cars are to be left overnight (18 hr max limit) Unless, express permission has been granted by the Parking lot Board… or the controlling parties at Get Your Gear On.
  22. No camping… Unless, express permission has been granted by the Parking lot Board… or the controlling parties at Get Your Gear On.
  23. Your key can be taken away for breaking any of the above stated rules by majority vote of the Board.
  24. Absolutely No Driving over the Railroad ties.
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