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Subject:      Challenge to World Record for Canoes and Kayaks - June 17, 2000 Austin TX
From:         Debi Paxton
Date:         Mai 12 2000  

Texas River News: Rivers 2000 Cleanup and Guinness Challenge June 17, 2000 The Rivers 2000 Town Lake Cleanup will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2000 at Festival Beach in Austin. This water-based cleanup is a part of the nationwide Rivers 2000 project, a nationwide celebration of our rivers coordinated by the River Management Society, with help from American Rivers, River Network, and other river groups. The goal of Rivers 2000 is to increase public understanding and appreciation of our nation's 3.2 million river miles and their watersheds. As a measure of our confidence in the Texas community of canoeists, kayakers, fishermen and other river users and their dedication to conservation issues , a challenge will be made to the standing Guinness World Record for the number of human-powered craft in the water in one place at one time! Following the morning cleanup (9 am - 1 pm) and a free picnic lunch for cleanup participants, we will assemble all paddlers to try to break the standing record of 649 boats, established in Byron, Illinois in 1996. We only need 650! Canoes and kayaks will be made available to participants who do not have their own boats by Austin Outdoor Gear & Guidance. All river users are invited to participate. Paddling clubs, fishing clubs, and other outdoor groups are encouraged to coordinate a group effort to bring as many canoes, kayaks and paddlers as can be mustered to participate in this news-making event. The Rivers 2000 Town Lake Cleanup and Guinness Challenge is being coordinated by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in cooperation with the TNRCC, Keep Texas Beautiful, Keep Austin Beautiful, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Outdoor Gear and Guidance, the Austin Paddling Club, and others. Rivers 2000 has been endorsed by national recreation and conservation groups including the American Canoe Association, the National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, the U. S. Canoe/Kayak Team and United States Canoe Association, and many more. For more information about the nationwide Rivers 2000 project, see their web site at Please join us at Festival Beach on Town Lake in Austin, Texas on June 17 as we show the world that we Texans care about our rivers. Contact Information: The Texas River Guide Website Cleanup Registration Keep Austin Beautiful, 512/499-7625 or 1/800-CLEAN TX Guinness Challenge Information & Registration John Van Ness Austin Outdoor Gear & Guidance 512/473-8644 Clean Up Information Constance Whiston Texas Rivers Conservation Coordinator Texas Parks & Wildlife Department phone 512-389-8196; fax: 512-389-8059; email Texas Rivers 2000 Coordinator (All Rivers 2000 Events) Bob Spain, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department phone 512-389-4635, fax: 512-389-8059, email