Thursday, December 31, 2009

Chesaning Dam Project

A $1.3 million improvement project on the Shiawassee River ?

http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2009/08/rocking_the_river_13_million_p.html#comments

Several grants, including $900,000 from the state, have paid for the cost of this river improvement project

Sandy Verry of Grand Rapids, Minn.-based Ellen River Partners -- which designed the river terrain -- worked with excavator operator Aaron VandenBos of Pete's Contracting Inc. of Falmouth to place boulders and rocks.  "We're building a rock ramp in the water, and then we're building weirs across it to turn it into a rapids that fish can get up and canoeists can get down by traveling through the center of it," said Pete's Contracting owner Pete VandenBos.

http://www.recovery.gov/Transparency/RecipientReportedData/pages/RecipientProjectSummary508.aspx?AwardIdSur=49136&AwardType=Grants


CHESANING, VILLAGE OF


Replace a failed dam with a rock ramp / riffle structure to provide
fish passage to 37 miles of previously inaccessible river habitat.

Clarification of Codes



AWARD OVERVIEW

AWARD OVERVIEW
Award Number
30181RJ171
Funding Agency
Department of the Interior
Total Award Amount
$99,400
Project Location - City
Chesaning
Award Date
08/07/2009
Project Location - State
MI
Project Status
Completed
Project Location - Zip
486161098
Jobs Reported
12.00
Congressional District
04
Place of Performance Country
USA





Recipient Information (Grants)

Recipient Information (Grants)
Recipient Name
CHESANING, VILLAGE OF
Recipient DUNS Number
069823938
Recipient Address
1100 W BROAD ST
Recipient City
CHESANING
Recipient State
Michigan
Recipient Zip
486161006
Congressional District
04
Place of Performance Country
US
Required to Report Top 5 Highly Compensated Officials
No



Projects and Jobs Information

Projects and Jobs Information
Project Title
Shiawassee River Restoration and Dam Removal Project
Project Status
Completed
Final Project Report Submitted
Yes
Project Activities Description
None of the Above
Jobs Created
12.00
Description of Jobs Created
1 Foreman 6 Operators 5 Laborers





Purchaser Information (Grants)

Purchaser Information
Contracting Office ID
Not Reported
Contracting Office Name
Not Available
Contracting Office Region
Not Available
TAS Major Program
14-1610



Award Information

Award Information
Award Date
08/07/2009
Award Number
30181RJ171
Order Number

Award Type
Grants
Funding Agency ID
14
Funding Agency Name
Department of the Interior
Funding Office Name
Not Available
Awarding Agency ID
14
Awarding Agency Name
Department of the Interior
Amount of Award
$99,400
Funds Invoiced/Received
$99,400
Expenditure Amount
$99,400
Infrastructure Expenditure Amount
Not Available
Infrastructure Purpose and Rationale
Not Available
Infrastructure Point of Contact Name
Marlene Schultz
Infrastructure Point of Contact Email
villageadmin@villageofchesaning.org
Infrastructure Point of Contact Phone
989.845.3800
Infrastructure Point of Contact Address
1100 West Broad Street
Infrastructure Point of Contact City
Chesaning
Infrastructure Point of Contact State
MI
Infrastructure Point of Contact Zip
486161098



Product or Service Information (Grants)

Product or Service Information
Primary Activity Code
**Z
Activity Description
None of the Above



Sub-Awards Information

Sub-Awards Information
Sub-awards to Organizations
0
Sub-award Amounts to Organizations
$0
Sub-Awards to Individuals
0
Sub-Award Amounts to Individuals
$0
Number of Sub-awards less than $25,000/award
0
Amount of Sub-awards less than $25,000/award
$0
Number of payments to vendors greater than $25,000
0
Total Amount of payments to vendors greater than $25,000/award
$0
Number of payments to vendors less than $25,000/award
0
Total Amount of payments to vendors less than $25,000/award
$0










Location Information
Latitude, Longitude
43º 11' 10", -84º 7' 37"
Congressional District
04
City
Chesaning
County
Saginaw
State
MI
Zip
486161098







Saturday, December 26, 2009

Paddle Sports grow larger

Outdoor Industry Foundation (OIF) is a non-profit foundation established  by Outdoor Industry Association to encourage active outdoor recreation.  OIF's charter is to increase participation in outdoor recreation and to support healthier active lifestyles.

Key Findings  

* Participation 17.8 million Americans ages 6 and older participated in
   - kayaking, canoeing, and rafting in 2008.

* 9.9 million Americans participated in canoeing in 2008.

* 7.8 million Americans participated in kayaking and 4.7 million in rafting.

* Paddling participants made 174 million outings in 2008,
    averaging 10 days per participant.

Kayaking

Kayaking has enjoyed steady growth since 2006,
climbing to 2.8 percent of Americans ages 6 and older in 2008.

* Recreational kayaking is the most popular type of kayaking followed
 -  by sea / tour kayaking and whitewater kayaking.

* 47 percent of kayakers get out 1 to 3 times per year.

Canoeing

Canoeing is the most popular type of paddling.
3.6 percent of Americans age 6 and older participated in canoeing in 2008.

* Canoeing participants make an average of 7 outings per year.
   Despite the activities greater popularity,
   canoers make fewer annual outings than kayakers
    - 77.4 million compared to 69.5 million.

For more information go to
http://www.outdoorindustryfoundation.org/
http://www.outdoorfoundation.org/research.participation.2009.html

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Real men wear skirts

Click on the link below to read more about it all :


Real men wear skirts



Saturday, December 19, 2009

Paddling themed Christmas ornaments

 Click on the link a variety of styles, colors, and themes for your Christmas tree


Paddling themed Christmas ornaments




Friday, December 04, 2009

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Paddling Science

http://www.examiner.com/x-23194-Detroit-Kayaking-Examiner~y2009m12d2-Paddling-Science#

Click the link for the whole article

~ Kayaking is a sport that relies heavily on aerobic power.
A strong aerobic base will allow a kayaker to work longer, at higher intensity,
thereby delaying fatigue and improving recovery time.

The level of aerobic power is determined by measuring the rate at which the body can
breathe in oxygen to the lungs, transfer oxygen from the lungs to the heart, deliver the
oxygen through the blood to the working muscles, extract the oxygen from the blood to
the muscles, and then use the oxygen in the muscles for energy production.

Once the intensity increases beyond the aerobic threshold the body uses anaerobic
methods to produce energy. This causes lactic acid to be produced. ~

Meandering along a river

We all know that rivers run from higher elevaions to lower elevations with the assistance of gravity.
Most natural rivers have twists and turns in them, very long straight sections are quite rare.
As the seasons change, the flow of water varies and fluctuates along the various flood plains.

The surprising fact about a meandering rivers' creation is that the geometric shape is similiar
around the world despite the different geophysical conditions. Geomorphology gives a
clear, detailed explanation of the causes and the development processes of meanders.

A river continually picks up and drops solid particles of rock and soil from its river bed.
In areas where the river flow is fast, more particles are picked up than dropped.
Conversely, in areas where the river flow is slow, more particles are dropped than picked up.
Areas where more particles are dropped are called alluvial or flood plains, and the
dropped particles are called alluvium. Even small streams make alluvial deposits,

The speed of the current close to the bank is usually slower than the one in mid-stream,
because of the friction with the river bank. When a disturbance to the straight water flow occurs,
as a result of an obstacle or a change in soil conditions in different parts, the water detours
the obstacle and an arc is formed in the river bed. The water flow is accelerated
and as a result the alluvium process intensifies in the external side of the arc.

Deposition of sediment occurs on the inner edge as the river sweeps and rolls
sand, rocks and other submerged objects across the bed of the river towards
the inside radius of the river bend, creating a slip-off slope called a point bar.

Erosion is greater on the outside of the bend where the soil is not protected by deposits.
The current on the outside bend is more effective in eroding the unprotected soil.
The inside bend receives steadily increasing deposits of sand and rocks,
and the meander tends to grow forming a small cliff called a cut bank.

The meanders extend the watercourse of the river; creating a reduction of the overall
flowing speed in this part of the river. As a result, there is a gradual tapering off the
centrifugal force until it diminishes altogether. The curvature radius eventually stops growing.
When the curvature radius reaches its maximum size, the meander is called a mature meander.

The more one descends down stream, the intensity of the stream grows,
and therefore the meanders reach maturity when the curvature radius is larger.
The process of meander creation is one which creates a balance in the stream's speed.
Rivers tend to balance the current speed along the river bed.

Over time,  meanders migrate downstream, sometimes creating problems for
local municipalities attempting to maintain stable roads and bridges.

Rivers deserve respect and people need to understand their power. Please wear your vests !  
Paddling a swollen river from a recent rainstorm or large snowmelt can cause loss of life.
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Meandering along a river

Meandering along a river

Meandering along a river

Meandering along a river

Learn where to position your boat, inside or outside bends and why