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Squaw Valley Institute: Great Whitewater Rivers of the World presentation

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. and#8211; Squaw Valley Institute will bring Laurence Alvarez-Roos to the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee to speak about his experience rafting some of the worldand#8217;s most iconic rivers, and the challenges faced by power needs. The presentation, titled and#8220;Great Whitewater Rivers of the World: Recreation and Ecosystem Use vs. Electric Power Generationand#8221; takes place Wednesday, June 29, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a no-host bar available.

Alvarez-Roos will talk about recreation on Africaand#8217;s Zambezi, North Americaand#8217;s Grand Canyon of the Colorado and South Americaand#8217;s Bio Bio and Futaleufu rivers. However, in the modern world, the thrilling adventure of riding whitewater must also compete with the need for electrical power. Dams built on these rivers have changed them forever. Alvarez-Roos will discuss the alternate demands on these great rivers and the various adaptations that have been made, as well as the current proposed dam for the Futaleufu in Patagonia.

He was born in Mexico to Mexican and Dutch parents, raised in the Netherlands and immigrated to the United States in 1978. After graduating from San Francisco University High School, he attended University of California at Berkeley for four years to earn a bachelorand#8217;s in political economy of industrial societies. Alvarez-Roos started his rafting career at age 17 on the popular South Fork of the American River in Coloma, Calif. Since 1986 he has been an expedition leader, river guide, safety kayaker, Dutch oven chef, self-taught ecologist and adventure videographer in New Zealand, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Siberia, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica and the United States of America.

From 1993 till 1999, Alvarez-Roos was the USA Menand#8217;s Whitewater Rafting Team captain, competing both in national and international raft race championships. The competition in 1999 included a first raft descent of the Orange River in the green Kalahari in South Africa At the 2000 World Rafting Championships, Alvarez-Roos was and#8220;safety teamand#8221; captain on the Futaleufu River in Patagonia, Chile.

He has run more than 50 rivers on six continents with thousands of actual river miles traveled. When not in his second home of Chile, he lives in the mountain playground of Truckee.

Tickets are $10 for adults. Children and students are free. For tickets or more details on this presentation, visit http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org or call 530-581-4138.

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Squaw Valley Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to presenting programs having artistic, cultural and educational values. The Institute presents lectures, performances, forums, exhibitions and classes in the unique mountain environment of Squaw Valley, North Lake Tahoe, Truckee and surrounding communities, bringing together visitors, residents and friends in the truest sense of community.