Andrew Dickson PSUP 
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Re: “River Rankles

The problem is a lack of oversight and policing. We are passionate about this river and have spent more time on it than most over the last 4 years outfitting customers with paddle boards, kayaks and self-guide trips to Lakeville.

We can help if we are supported. And we are aware of the fines levied by the state and subsequent orders handed down to the city to fix those mistakes in recent years.

Little is being done. The ball is just getting kicked down the field. Perhaps it is because recreation here is a new phenomenon? We are not talking about one-off rowing club members or the 3 outrigger canoe clubs, but the local and regional tourism that is growing. The Petaluma River is just beginning to be discovered and the Russian River is overcrowded; not dissimilar to the “activation” we have experienced in Napa, booming since 2014. But Napa also struggled to learn proper management for water-based recreation because it is NEW. It may be that simple. Perhaps Napa has now employed too much oversight, whereas Petaluma does not have enough? But until it is understood, resources are not allocated adequately. Resources for policing included.

But the answer is not to crush ( the small business’) who already struggle to make a living on the river, providing easy and efficient access to the river for tourists & locals. Our self-service rental system is ‘a gym locker for the river gymnasium’. We should be working together with the city to develop the area and to connect people and kids with nature. We can help police the marina, we are passionate about this river and clean water and we are here, on-site almost every day.

Perhaps consider sitting down with Guernville, Forestville, Healdsburg and other small towns on the Russian River to learn from them on how to manage this amazing resource. OK Boomer?

Andrew Dickson,Owner
Petaluma Stand Up Paddle

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Posted by Andrew Dickson PSUP on 11/22/2019 at 8:53 AM

Re: “Waste Deep

The problem is a lack of oversight and policing. We are passionate about this river and have spent more time on it than most over the last 4 years outfitting customers with paddle boards, kayaks and self-guide trips to Lakeville.

We can help if we are supported. And we are aware of the fines levied by the state and subsequent orders handed down to the city to fix those mistakes.

Little is being done. We can help. The ball is just getting kicked down the field. Perhaps it is because recreation here is a new phenomenon? A charismatic one that runs through the heart of commerce. And, not dissimilar to what we have experienced in Napa, the government does not know how to manage water-based recreation properly because it is so new? It may be that simple. Perhaps Napa has now employed too much oversight, whereas Petaluma does not have enough? And until it is understood, resources are not allocated adequately. Resources for policing included.

But the answer is not to crush ( the small business’) who make a living on the river. Rather, we should be working together to develop the area and to connect people and kids with nature. We can help police the marina because we are here, on-site, almost every day.

Perhaps consider sitting down with Guernville, Forestville, Healdsburg and other small towns on the Russian River to learn from them on how to manage this amazing resource.

Andrew Dickson,Owner
Petaluma Stand Up Paddle

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Posted by Andrew Dickson PSUP on 11/22/2019 at 5:55 AM

Re: “Waste Deep

This is what the Napa River was like 20 years ago. When I grew up. So if you want to fight the fight the Napa community fought in the 1990s, jump on board in Petaluma . Its about to get nasty! I purchased Petaluma Stand Up Paddle in 2015 because of the strong paddle culture here. Much stronger than Napa. Change is inevitable but the time is NOW! Northbay rowing center has over 200 members, 3 Outrigger Canoe clubs and a Rivertown Revival Festival that draws 10,000 annually. OUR KIDS DESERVE A CLEAN RIVER

Napa has seen water-based tourism explode since the restoration occurred. Mother Nature is resilient. Bird species more than double in just 10 years. Otters, beavers and mink have returned in addition to Argentina cliff swallows that now build muddy nests under the bridges thanks to a restored flood plain.

Last week my other company, Napa Valley Paddle hosted the first school district approved field trip on the river in over a decade.

The Petaluma River is one of the Bay Areas best kept secrets. Big skies, sweeping views and a ridge line that extends all the way to Mt Tam. People paddle here all of the time - just keep your mouth shut. Obviously. Like you would on the Eel, Russian and Lake Tahoe for that matter. The lack of oversight has taken a toll on my small business and recreation here at large. Please dont throw out the baby with the bath water. Visit Petaluma! And please, fight this fight for our children because they deserve clean water and fish to catch.

Andrew Dickson, Owner
Petaluma Stand Up Paddle

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Posted by Andrew Dickson PSUP on 11/16/2019 at 2:00 PM

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