River Stewardship 2018
Since taking over the reigns from the Fall City Community Association and their crew of volunteers in 2015, Fall City Floating has become central to the stewardship of the Snoqualmie River. Our river is beautiful, and we are doing everything in our power to keep it peaceful, clean, and transquill all summer long.
Here is a brief look at just a few of the new ways that we are helping to take care of the Snoqualmie this summer!
New for 2018, the Fall City Floating River Patrol is going to be on duty Thursday through Sunday every week June to September. Our River Patrol consists of our most experienced employees using our new powered Kayak to patrol up and down the Snoqualmie between the Plum Accesses to Fall City.
The Patrol is tasked with crowd-control and real-time trash capture as a priority. This includes everything from calming rowdy groups on the river, watching for people attempting to access private property, helping tubers with punctured tubes with patches and pumps, and picking up any trash they see floating down the river.
Each day, they will perform a scan for any trash on the river banks on our entire 4 mile stretch of river. Additionally, they will be equipped with an underwater camera to identify any trash on the bottom of the river and work on a weekly basis to clean up sites targeted for diving. Finally, they will maintain our safety signage on the river.
Every group that comes through our store will receive one mesh bag. This bag attaches to any standard river tube with a carabiner (looped around the handles). These bags can hold all size of trash that the tubers need to dispose of on the river. At the end of the float, floaters will empty the mesh bags into our trash and recycling cans. We will have 2000 bags, more than enough to cover a few busy weeks until we wash and reuse them.
We will have our prototype for you to see at the May 2018 FCCA Meeting.
We intend to improve the resources given to stationary signage. This includes alcohol enforcement in the King County Lot, directions to move that last few cars that are parking on the south side of the river, remind folks of safety procedures at the boat launch and on the river, and display more professional warnings on the river than our giant wooden boards.
These signs will be in place on June 1st, 2018.