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Imagine a river with no sediment. None at all. A temperature that is a barely above freezing. A river that is new and old all at the same time. These are the rivers that form on the top of the glaciers of Greenland.

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For many overnight river trips, the groover has become as common a tool as the PFD. Where did this groover come from, and why is a portable river toilet called a groover. This episode finds the people who were there 50 years ago when the need for the groover emerged, and when the groover itself was created.

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Dr. Laurence C. Smith is a professor, river researcher and author.  His most recent book, "Rivers of Power," is a tour of humans’ consistent pursuit of living next to rivers through time, and how in our modern times, humans are rerouting rivers and choosing how water moves and is used.  Dr Smith provides insight into the connections of human culture and rivers that we easily overlook.   

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How about ending a river trip at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco Bay. The Pacific Ocean waiting to pull you out. This episode is the last in a set of three about the Sacramento River Source to Sea project starting near Mount Shasta and ending at that edge of the Pacific. Hear the stories of bringing this 400 mile trip to a close.

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From the basic to the complex, this episode explores what comprises a river. Our guest is Dr. David Montgomery, author and professor.  Is a river more than water? Where does the water come from and where does it go? This episode helps unravel the mysteries of what a river is.

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Sacramento Source to Sea started on snow skis in the mountains and are now paddling the Sacramento River in the Central Valley of California closing in on sea level. This non wilderness journey explores a river that grows food for America.

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This episode is a follow up to the Returning Rapids episode and hosts a conversation with the Bureau of Reclamation about the receding Lake Powell and all the sediment byproduct left behind as the nation's second largest reservoir sits at 1/3 of full.

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This is the first in a series of episodes that will host real time interviews with the Sac Source to Sea crew as they navigate the Sacramento River from its headwaters in the Klamath Mountains in Northern California to just past the Golden Gate Bridge in the San Francisco Bay.  

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Cataract Canyon is welcoming some of its rapids back to the flow of the river as the Colorado River is recovering from a reservoir. A crew of river runners has been there witnessing and documenting the Returning Rapids.

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River permits for western rivers are becoming more and more competitive. Why do we have permits, how many people are applying and what comes next? This episodes hosts conversations with the permit office at Recreation One Stop (rec.gov) and with the river permitting offices at Dinosaur National Monument, Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho and Grand Canyon National Park.

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Rowing Home is the story of one person paddling and rowing from Montana and Minnesota on the biggest rivers of North America, to the Gulf of Mexico, and then to Texas. All by water. Canoes, kayaks, planes, headwaters and ocean waters.

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The Blue Nile River of Ethiopia is the largest volume river feeding into the Nile River. In 1987 and 2019, Steve Stahl boated the Blue Nile. This river passes by many small groups of people, through intense whitewater and is populated with Nile Crocodiles and Hippopotamus. His trip in 2019 is the last descent of this river before it is impounded behind a new dam and he tells us the story of the river and the people he encounters.

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As our attention spans decrease this fall of 2020, this short episode tells the story of a man who planned to kayak home after a stint in jail, yet decided to not even go to jail, and head on down the river back home. For a person who grew up on that river, ignoring the river permits he needed that day was not even on his mind, and his continued hobby of hunting dinosaur bones was as normal as drinking water.

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The Greenback Cutthroat Trout survived many different assaults on its existence and its genetic lineage.  Once it was found in hiding above a waterfall, work began to reestablish this fish in its original basin.  And yet, this work runs into itself as the projects require more changes to the streams of Colorado.  

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The Greenback Cutthroat Trout of Colorado was once a prolific fish in the in the streams of the South Platte River Basin.  That all changed with the arrival of European Americans.  Since then it has been spread across the state, hybridized, squeezed out by non-native fish, placed on the Endangered Species List, named the State Fish of Colorado, and thought to be extinct.  After many efforts to reestablish this fish, it took a college student, a PhD student to sort out the details and set the path for the Greenback Cutthroat Trout to regain its place in its home river basin.  

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The Poudre River is a river in Colorado that has water added to it at is headwaters and now the majority of the river is up for grabs by water projects on the Front Range of Colorado.  It is also a Wild and Scenic River that starts at the Continental Divide in Rocky Mountain National Park.  And yet there are options for what happens to its flows.  

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CONFLUENCE is a new book about rivers in the American West, cultural interactions that lay just beyond the banks of these rivers, and the adventures to capture these stories. Zak is a new literary influence in the genre of rivers and tells us about his new book and the forces that influence his writing.

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By living his life the way he wanted, Herm Hoops found himself becoming a river lover, a river boater and a man pursuing his life on his terms. He chased passion instead of career. He stood up for rivers and learned that was conservation. He found his dream job.

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13 boaters launched down the Grand Canyon in February 2020 for a 25 day journey. They emerged from the canyon on March 14 to the corona virus pandemic. This is a story about moving from bliss to a TP shortage in the course of one day.

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The Selway River in Idaho has hosted humans for thousands of years with Salmon and Steelhead fisheries, resources to build shelters, and amazing water. Over the summers of 2018 and 2019 archeological research has been conducted on the Selway to clarify and protect the artifacts in the river valley. Jeff Adams explains as much as he can, the story of humans along the Selway long before the Europeans arrived.

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2020 is here and this short episode explains what to expect on the podcast this year, and what was happening behind the scenes last year.

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Jenny and Mike Fiebig decided to go on one long river journey. 138 days. Wyoming to Mexico. Source to Sea on the Green River. This is their story of being a human on a river trip.

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Cataract Canyon in Utah can host the biggest whitewater in North America. In 1983 it had flows over 100,000 CFS. Two commercial river trips were stuck in Cataract for that highwater and their guides tell their story.

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