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Stillwater River Clean-Up

    Below are the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) and Rules for the Stillwater River Cleanup. For more information on the event and how to RSVP, see this article. Spots are limited! 

Stillwater River Cleanup Essential Eligibility Criteria:

Each participant must have the ability to:

 Have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions.

 Be able to tolerate water from 50 to 70 degrees F, air temps between 60-90 degrees F, and bright sunlight for 5 or more hours.

 Wear all protective equipment as required by Cleanup leaders following industry best practices.

 Enter and exit the canoe independently or with the assistance of a companion.

 Bring any necessary adaptive equipment. Remain seated and balanced using adaptive equipment. Adaptive equipment must not inhibit a wet exit.

 Independently get out from under the watercraft in the event of a capsize.

 Remain face up in the water with the aid of a lifejacket in the event of a capsize.

 Roll from a face down to a face up position in the water in the event of a capsize.

 Make progress to the shoreline in the event of a capsize.

 Move about the shoreline independently or with the assistance of a companion.

 Move the watercraft independently or with the assistance of a companion—through the water in a stable manner and to the take-out area.

Stillwater River Cleanup Rules:

1. All participants must wear and have properly fastened U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device (life jacket) at all times while in the canoe. The flotation must fit snugly, and stay buckled.

2. All participants must follow all instructions of the trip leaders, as these instructions are for the safety of all involved.

3. No swimming will be permitted. Intentionally swamping a canoe, diving from a canoe, or horseplay will not be permitted.

4. Experienced canoeists must sit in the rear of the canoe, and perform the steering. Participants who have never been canoeing before may be paired with a more experienced canoeist, as two absolute novices may not be in the same canoe. Novice swimmers must be paired with strong swimmers. If you cannot swim or are uncomfortable with the thought of swimming in light current of 8' of water, you may not canoe, but may join us for the educational sessions.

5. Closed toed shoes must be worn at all time during the event.

6. Use good judgment with existing health conditions. You know better than anyone else what your physical limitations are. This trip will involve walking over uneven surfaces, lifting a canoe with a partner, and paddling a canoe. Participants will carry their own canoes from the trailer to the river and back to the trailer at the end of the float. Anyone with a medical condition that might affect their trip (such as asthma, diabetes, or severe reaction to insect stings) has the responsibility to make trip organizers aware of the conditions and how to treat it in the event of an emergency (including where medication is carried and when and how it is to be administered).

7. Canoeists should be aware of the possibility of water-borne illnesses in river water. Do not drink river water, and sanitize your hands before touching your nose or mouth or eating food.

8. The trip leaders have the right to exclude anyone not following the above rules or behaving irresponsibly, or to require him or her to modify their behavior.

9. Minors 12 years and older may take part if their partner is at least 18 years old and they have parent's permission.

Call 937-854-7646 ext. 0521 or email LauerK@mcohio.org with questions!

Montgomery Soil & Water Conservation District

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