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June 20, 1999
Los Angeles Times

WILD HERITAGE BILL INTRODUCED!

Senator Boxer We are proud supporters of Senator Barbara Boxer's California Wild Heritage Bill, which would designate a number of new wilderness areas and Wild & Scenic rivers---including our runs on the Kings River and Lower Kern River! Whitewater Voyages head guide and president Bill McGinnis was on stage at Crissy Field in San Francisco with Senator Boxer when the bill was officially announced. Below is the speech Bill gave on that occasion:

California Wild Heritage Campaign Speech

I am Bill McGinnis. My company Whitewater Voyages is one of thousands of recreation and travel-oriented businesses which depend for their very survival on the rivers and wilderness areas protected by this wonderful bill. As an outfitter of river trips, I see first hand how wild rivers and wilderness not only enhance peoples lives, but how they also sustain thousands upon thousands of jobs and play a vital role in the local, tourism-based economies of their surrounding areas. Protecting wild rivers and wilderness is good for the environment, and it is also good for business!

California already has over 1400 major dams, almost all of which flood river canyons. And we have only about 50 remaining major whitewater runs-many of which, happily, are in this bill. (That's 1400 inundated canyons compared to 50 remaining whitewater runs!) Clearly, if we hope to leave our children and their children a world with at least some flowing rivers -- we need to support this bill!

Enormous research, study and care have gone into this bill. Each of these rivers and wild areas richly deserves protection.

One last key point: This bill is nonpartisan and deserves to be supported by us all, regardless of party affiliation. We all care about our environment. We all want to leave our children a world blessed with flowing rivers and natural areas. We all have much to gain by supporting this great piece of legislation.

William McGinnis, President
Whitewater Voyages

Senator Barbara Boxer

 

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