Half of US Rivers No Good for Aquatic Life Says EPA

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Washington, DC – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found that 55 percent of the stream and river miles in the U.S. are in poor condition for aquatic life, according to the most recent data available from the 2008-2009 National Rivers and Stream Assessment.

States, tribes and other EPA partners collected data from approximately 2,000 sites, which were then analyzed by EPA, state and university scientists. Factors analyzed include the extent to which rivers and streams support aquatic life, how major stressors may affect them and how conditions are changing over time.

US Freestyle Kayak Team Suits Up With Astral

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Astral USA Freestyle KayakAsheville, NC – Personal flotation device (PFD) and water footwear brand Astral is now the exclusive PFD provider of the USA Freestyle Kayak Team as it enters the ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships taking place this September. Astral will be providing its new freestyle-inspired vest, the YTV.

Along with its PFD sponsorship, Astral is also contributing to the USA Freestyle Kayaking (USAFK) organization by sponsoring judges-in-training for the fast-growing sport. It will also auction or raffle off a number of custom-designed YTV vests at events benefiting both USAFK and non-profit organization River Runner, which helps active duty service members and veterans stay healthy and heal through kayaking.

Utah Gets an Outdoor Recreation Office

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Gary HerbertSalt Lake City, UT – Utah governor Gary Herbert’s vision to institute a state office of outdoor recreation, announced in January, has been given the go-ahead by the Utah House. The office will take charge of setting outdoor policy, improving recreation activities and promoting the outdoor opportunities to recreationists and industry alike.

Metolius Helps Set the Course for Northern California’s Youth Climbing League

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Metolius ClimbingBend, OR – Rock climbing gear producer Metolius has committed its sponsorship to the Northern California Youth Climbing League (YCL), to help get youth out and climbing. YCL’s sponsorship will provide support and equipment to the organization.

Metolius and Evolv present the league, which is also supported by sponsors including Clif Bar, Sanuk, Climbing Magazine and Yo! Basecamp Rock Climbing Camp. YCL participants are able to take part in the climbing season and competitions thanks to the support of these sponsors.

IFSC Showcases Sport Climbing on New Website

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The International Federation of Sport Climbing has revamped their website, ifsc-climbing.org. The site is designed to give climbing enthusiasts a more intuitive interface to access of the IFSC’s online content. Features include the latest climbing news, competition rules and updates, rankings, photo galleries, and live webcasts of events during the 2013 climbing season including IFSC World Competitions.

The site is intended to serve as an attractive, dynamic, and reliable showcase for sport climbing. With sport climbing on the shortlist for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games, the IFSC hopes the site will present the climbing as the vibrant international sport the International Olympic Committee is looking for.

USA Climbing Makes Evolv Sports Official Climbing Shoe

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Collegiate Climbing SeriesBuena Park, CA – Evolv Sports is now sponsoring USA Climbing as its official climbing shoe, marking the second year of partnership the brand and the organization. Evolv will be the official climbing shoe for the American Bouldering Series Championships, the Sport Climbing Series Championships and the Collegiate Climbing Series Nationals. It will also headline Team Championship components in the American Bouldering Series, Collegiate Climbing Series and Sport Climbing Series. Evolv will provide Regional Championship winners with a custom banner to display in their home gyms. National Championship winners will also receive a custom banner together with a cash prize and Evolv footwear.

EPA 2013 Renewable Fuel Standard

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U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyWashington, D.C. – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2013 percentage standards for four fuel categories in the agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard program (RFS2) are now open for a 45-day public comment period.

Good Progress on Certain Children’s Health Issues Reports EPA Study

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Washington, D.C. – The EPA’s “America’s Children and the Environment, Third Edition” report is now available to be viewed on the EPA website. The report uses data from a comprehensive compilation of information from a variety of sources on children’s health and the environment.

The report includes information on trends for contaminants in the environment that may affect children, concentrations of contaminants in the bodies of children and women of childbearing age, and childhood illnesses and health conditions. It also includes revisions to address peer review and public commentary on materials released in 2011.

The report presents 37 indicators of children’s environmental health that address 23 different topics. It shows good progress on issues such as reducing blood lead levels in children and exposure to tobacco smoke in the home.

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