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January/February 2017
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From the President's Desk
New Year---New Board
Happy New Year!  I hope it brings lots of good opportunity for some great paddling!  For the new year, let's welcome in our new board:
 Elected Officers:

President: Tom Eckels

VP: Scott Hewitt

Secretary: Jennifer Satorius

Treasurer:  Don Mueggenborg

Directors: Andy Cocallas, Greg Taylor, Jeff Fitch, Roger Schamberger, Sigrid Pilgrim

​A full list of board members, along with contact information, can be found on our website.  

Paddlers Survey: 

Along with a newly elected board comes the opportunity to review our 3-year strategic plan.  A couple of years ago, we sought input from the paddling community by way of a paddlers survey.  This input is invaluable in helping us set our priorities and goals for the future.  It is time to reach out again and ask how we are doing, and what we can do to improve.  The survey is available Here and will be open through the end of March.

​Of course, you can contact any board member at any time to discuss your input into the IPC.​ 

​Coffee and Conversation: ​


​I will also be scheduling some coffee-and-conversation events between now and April.  These social events can also provide an informal way to provide input​​ and learn more about the IPC and our programs.  Look for them on our Events Page


Promote Your Paddling Events


I would like to announce an enhancement to our website.  Anyone can now create a login-id to the site.  With a login-id, anyone can submit paddling events to our calendar of events.  Any event submitted should be open to the general paddling-public, and not just a specific group or club.  Please make sure to provide the full information about the event, including your contact information, to answer any questions.  ​


Help Wanted--Web Master


We are always looking for people who want to get involved with the IPC.  We have an immediate need for a Web-Master.  Our Web-Master will maintain the Web-Site, and provide tech support to the board members using our online resources, such as our Facebook Page and Vertical Response for our newsletter, and maintain our Yahoo Group board-email-list.
 
​The Web Master is not expected to generate the content for the Web, Social Media, newsletter, etc.  The Web Master is expected to help support the board members who are generating the content.  
 
The Web Master is the Chair of our board Web Committee, and is welcome to recruit assistant web masters to assist with the effort.
 
Read a full Volunteer Job Description and volunteer:
 

Questions:  Email Tom Eckels:  president@illinoispaddling.org




Access and Development
The Fox River Deserves National Recognition   

By Greg Taylor

 

So, how many of you have ever paddled on a National River Water Trail? Well, there is a fair chance, if you have lived here in Illinois for a while and paddled different rivers to experience all that the Midwest has to offer. You might have!  The Rock, in north central Illinois, flowing from Wisconsin; The Kankakee, southeast of Chicago; and, part of The Ol' Man, The Big Muddy, "The Mississippi," down by St. Louis, are the only ones within 200 miles of Chicago.

Read more about the Fox and how you can help.


Dam Free DesPlaines

By Don Mueggenborg

 

Thinking about Wally (story on my bucket list) brought back some memories.

 

The Des Plaines is - or is on its way - to being dam free.  Story about the removal of the first two dams on the lower Des Plaines.    

Full Story

Fox River Trail

By Greg Taylor

 

So, how many of you have ever paddled on a National River Water Trail? Well, there is a fair chance, if you have lived here in Illinois for a while and paddled different rivers to experience all that the Midwest has to offer. You might have!  The Rock, in north central Illinois, flowing from Wisconsin; The Kankakee, southeast of Chicago; and, part of The Ol' Man, The Big Muddy, "The Mississippi," down by St. Louis, are the only ones within 200 miles of Chicago.

Read more about the Fox and how you can help.


Rock River Trail Grand Opening set for June 3, 2017.  Read more.


EPA's Urban Waters Grant Program
For all the Friends of….River organizations - in case you do not know, EPA has a program called URBAN WATERS which awards small grants to   organizations helping to improve rivers. Please click here - https://www.epa.gov/urbanwaters/urban-waters-small-grants - and sign up to receive updates on the 2017 grant program.


Advocacy

Cheep Pork or Clean Rivers

By Don Mueggenborg

 

Most of us like a pork sausage with pancakes, or a slice of bacon with eggs (or almost everything).  I enjoyed a pork roast at Christmas.

 

Since we are the Illinois Paddling Council, I can assume that most of the people reading this are paddlers.   We all enjoy a nice summer paddle on our favorite river (and almost any river I paddle is my favorite at that time).

 

Read the full story.


Links of Interest to Paddlers


Urban Rivers Project

Check out this project on the Chicago River that would create floating gardens in the river.

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Des Plaines River Canoe &      Kayak Marathon
May 21, 2017


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Drost Park, Paddle for Day
Maryville, IL
June 24, 2017


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Qunicy 5 Miler,
Qunicy, IL
September 16, 2017


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Check out other 2017 paddling events here


In Memoriam: Linda White Former IPC president
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Read more about Linda here.


Thank you: Friends of the Pecatonica

For the great job you have been doing for the last decade and more to make the Pecatonica Illinois's Friendliest Paddle and more! Please share how you accomplished all with IPC in an article for the next newsletter. We have many rivers in our state that could benefit by having a "Friends of ???? River," so having your guidance on how you achieved your success would be wonderful.

 

And - for everyone reading this - enjoy the FPRF Dec Newsletter.


Places to Paddle

By Don Mueggenborg

 

My Bucket List for 2017


I have paddled most of the rivers in Illinois, but am missing a few.  So – my goal is to paddle one or two that I have missed.  Want to join me?  I would love to have some company.


Don's Bucket  List


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Plan Ahead - Trips for the Summer


Now is the time to begin thinking about summer and where you are going to canoe.  Here are some of my favorite trips.  For more specific directions, contact me through the newsletter.


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