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Post by scotticus on Fri 06 Jan 2012, 4:50 am

Just thought that it would be cool if UDOT got involved in making the Wasatch Front rivers safe navigable navigable transportation routes by trimming back foliage, removing logs and fences, altering or removing dangerous diversion dams, and providing access. That would just seem to be to good to happen. But think about it. A public waterway infrastructure would promote more environmentally friendly transportation, public health, recreational assets, educate the public on environmentalism, and make Utah more exampulary among other states transportation systems. I know people will mention safety concerns of human powered river transportation usage, but how would it compare to the United States 40,000 to 50,000 motor vehical related deaths every year including ten times the injuries and damage to property. UTA could rent out inflatable kayaks and gear with a signed personal liability contract. I for one would absolutely love to get paid by UDOT to make our rivers more safe. What do you think? The Wasatch Front rivers that could be made public transportation routes at least seasonally could include: the Malad, Bear, Cub, Logan, Little Bear, Ogden, Weber, Jordan, Big Cottonwood, Little Cottonwood, American Fork, Provo, Hobble, and the Spanish Fork.

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Post by scotticus on Fri 06 Jan 2012, 5:39 am

If some sub department of UDOT was made. River running enthusiast could get good paying goverment jobs. The Utah Whitewater Club might gey involved. It could mean $$$$ to fund the clubs activities.

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Post by scotticus on Fri 06 Jan 2012, 6:33 am

Think about this idea too: this UDOT department (or government contractor) could also do rafting/inflatable kayaking tours down the Logan, Weber, Jordan, and Provo urban river stretches while teaching the recreationalists about the importance of river/riparian ecology and water preservation. Shuttle service could be provided, maybe by UTA busses on their normally designated routes.

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Post by Jeff Young on Fri 06 Jan 2012, 11:58 am

The practicality of masses of individuals using river transport (which is basically a one way road-downstream) in this day and age is so low it sounds a bit kooky to suggest. It's fun to read your perspectives though!
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Post by Cap'n RedBeard on Fri 06 Jan 2012, 1:07 pm

Sounds like a great idea. Lets throw people in inflatables and put them down one of the Cottonwood creeks. Oh, you mentioned to make them safe... that would take all the fun out of it for us kayakers. Interesting idea.... It reminds me of Venice, Italy but with gradient.

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Post by Craig.Bilderback on Fri 06 Jan 2012, 2:23 pm

I would love to commute on the staircase section of the Logan. Very Happy

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Post by scotticus on Fri 06 Jan 2012, 4:03 pm

So do you think pushing the general public off down the cottonwoods in inflatables could see casualties numbered at holocaustal numbers? That would be perfect...population control...the perfect sustainability plan!

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