Paddle for Progress

Here is an outline of Jay's objectives for his project, Paddle for Progress.

Paddle for Progress is a project that Jay began on July 6th, 2017 with a goal of paddling every river mile that is mapped in Minnesota by the DNR. This is 34 rivers and approximately 4,500. The purpose of this project is threefold:

1. Raise awareness of the threats facing our state's surface water, specifically those impacting our rivers.
2. Raise awareness of and encourage engagement with our state's rivers through any recreational activity...canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, etc. 
3. Collect secchi tube readings for the MPCA and make maintenance recommendations to the DNR for all campsites, landings, and general channel conditions. This is done through extensive documentation on my GoPro. 

The mission of Paddle for Progress is to galvanize Minnesotans to take pride and ownership of the freshwater ecosystems that make our state unique. 

The vision of Paddle for Progress is that in partnership with local nonprofit and state agencies that are committed to water quality issues, together we can find the solutions needed to protect and preserve our waterways. 

Website: waterwayjay.com

Jay plans to finish 17 of the 34 rivers before the end of October and resume again next spring sometime in April. Rivers remaining this year:

Cedar
Shell Rock
Straight
Pomme de Terre 
Chippewa
Redwood 

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