Posted by Fernanda Lopez, Producer/Reporter - email
NBCRightNow.com - The Tapteal Water Trail is a project 5 years in the making by Tapteal Greenway.
"We want people to have fun and part of having fun is making sure people are staying safe," said Dirk Peterson, Tapteal Greenway, a local non-profit that aims to promote conservation, recreation and education along the lower Yakima river.
The Tapteal Water Trail was made possible with money from REI, Tapteal Greenway worked with the City of Richland, the City of West Richland, and Benton City and also the department of fish and wildlife to make it happen.
"One of the board members in his travels noticed other cities had water trails and they were a feature and an attraction and he thought it was something we could and should do here," added Peterson.
Now signs along the river show people where to get in and out of the water. The entire water trail spans for more than 30 miles from Benton City to Bateman Island.
There are now 12 trails sites along the river with "things to know when on the river" and signs reminding people what is not allowed and how to keep clean and safe.
"There were existing sites but what we attempted is to publish maps and get the word out and kind of declare an established water trail, let people know this is a resource available and hope it will be a draw for tourists," said Peterson.
If you missed the flotilla this weekend, don't worry, it will happen again five more times this summer.