Saturday, July 31, 2010


This summer I went to Poland with my family for my cousin's wedding. After the three day wedding, my Polish relatives took us around and showed us Poland. One place we visited was the Hel Peninsula--this is located in northern Poland in the water's of the Baltic Sea. Along the boardwalk there were several posters that had pictures that showed the effects of people not taking care of land, water, and animals. Even though I can't read Polish, I got the point because 'a picture speaks a thousand words'. I thought my fellow River Stewards might also appreciate these pictures. And, maybe it might give us some ideas for something we could do to promote taking care of the river and other assets that we have.

This fish was constructed out of garbage that was found in the water and they transformed it into an artistic statement.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Check out this video!

Clean Sweep Video

Rivers Institute participates in 2010 Clean Sweep!

River clean up yields odd bits of treasure amid tons of trash

By Steve Bennish, Staff Writer
Updated 4:38 PM Saturday, July 17, 2010

DAYTON — A shopping cart, a lawnmower, a broken small parts cabinet, a bicycle, a half eaten jar of pickle, a despised orange traffic cone, a tire sidewall. Countless plastic bottles and paper wrappers.

Such were the fruits of labor gathered by 900 volunteers along the Great Miami River for Clean Sweep 2010 Friday July 16, the annual event that ensures river corridors are wildlife-rich, scenic and healthy places.

Dragonflies and butterflies hovered and danced in the heat as volunteers arrived from local schools, the Dayton Department of Recreation’s camping program, area correctional facilities and corporate sponsors including Cox Media Group, parent company of the Dayton Daily News.

Alex Taylor, Cox Media Group vice president, told 100 volunteers at MacIntosh Park that “this river is the crown jewel of Dayton. It’s the reason Dayton was founded here. It’s our greatest natural resource.” Andrew Fahlund, vice president for conservation for the nonprofit group American Rivers, called on volunteers to be “lifelong stewards of the Great Miami River.”

Reshawn Mize, 13, of Trotwood, a bass fisherman, came out to “help the community and the animals - the ducks and swans,” he said. He brought his visiting cousin from Florida, Jordan McConnell, 13, and brother Cercharles McConnell, 14, also of Trotwood.

Felicia Graham, environmental compliance coordinator for the city, said it would be nice if more remembered to police their trash. Litter thrown in the street washes into the river through storm drains. You can report a litterer and the person’s license plate number to a Montgomery County Hotline at 225-4999, Graham said.

By July 24 when volunteers in Logan County finish their efforts, 150 miles of the Great Miami River corridor from Indian Lake to the Ohio River will have been cleaned.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Blue Sky Artist Inspired by Dayton's Rivers

Victoria Theatre Association and the Blue Sky Project presents
Of A River
Live Performance Installation featuring
Of a River
m u s i c ~ d a n c e ~ s i l k
Shaw Pong Liu & Rodney Veal
July 22, 2010
7pm & 9pm

Winter Garden @ The Schuster Center
free to the public

click here for pictures and the blog post from when the Rivers Institute paddled with the Blue Sky artists.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Pittsburgh’s revival shows way for Dayton

$158 million of riverfront development and downtown rehabilitation has brought new, vibrant residents into the city. By Lucas Sullivan, Staff Writer - Monday, July 5, 2010

DAYTON — Pittsburgh was Dayton 10 years ago: Empty smokestacks serving as vacant museums of a booming industrial past, blighted neighborhoods and a once-bustling downtown abandoned after business hours.

And like Dayton, several plans to revitalize the city quietly vanished as elected and business leaders struggled to reach a consensus on what should be done or how it should be funded.
Today, Pittsburgh offers proof an industrial town can be reborn — and is a possible blueprint for cities like Dayton to follow.

Pittsburgh officials say $4 billion in revenue has been breathed into the region’s economy after pouring $158 million ($90 million public) into riverfront development and rehabbing 12 downtown buildings for residential use.

The city boasts a downtown occupancy rate of 93 percent with an overwhelming majority of new residents between the ages of 21 and 35, a jackpot for any community developer.
Dayton has a riverfront, young people and lots of potential for downtown housing. The question is whether there is the will to make it happen.

“It takes a leap of faith,” said Rob Stephany of Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority. “It takes a savvy developer who knows the ins and outs of tax credits. It takes the right team (of public and private leaders) and a group of people who aren’t scared.”

Dayton isn’t starting from scratch. It’s newly opened RiverScape park addition nicely complements nearby Fifth Third Field and CareSource’s new building. A plan to put kayaks and other recreation on the river seems to have some support.

But while public and private leaders tout the success of the Dayton Dragons in bringing people downtown, there’s been little spinoff development or impact on restaurants downtown or in the Oregon District. It’s a small pearl on a big necklace.

“There has been a lot of vitality added to downtown, but I agree we need more versatility as far keeping people here,” said Sandy Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. “We have to find ways to better use the river because it’s our economic engine. It’s time to get something done.”

Friday, July 2, 2010

A percussion concert on the river.....

Can we have our own version of this in Dayton on the Great Miami River?

Video: A rare performance of "Persephassa" by the Greek composer Iannis Xenakis was an ambitious offering of the fourth annual Make Music New York festival.

I think we can do better.....

The River Stewards will be working with So Percussion during their visit to UD this fall. Stewards will orient them to Dayton, our local water resources and to our rivers via kayk during their mini-course on October 1st. Maybe So Percussion can teach us a little about orchestrating a live on-the-river performance!