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This spring I will kayak from Pittsburgh, PA to the Gulf of Mexico to document the impacts of fossil fuels on river communities.
This spring I will kayak from Pittsburgh, PA to the Gulf of Mexico to document the impacts of fossil fuels on river communities.
54 backers pledged $5,210 to help bring this project to life.

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Starting in the shadow of a steel mill a few miles upstream from the start of the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, PA I will spend spring 2011 kayaking to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way I will tell the stories of those human and natural communities along the United States' greatest river corridor.

Last spring when the BP oil spill threatened the Mississippi River delta and the Gulf of Mexico we saw the destructive potential of our combined dependence on fossil fuels. Daily another spill threatens the health of the entire Mississippi River basin--the concentrated effects of industrial production, refining, and extraction that poison the air and water of those who live along the river.

By kayaking downriver with a camera, solar charger, and online access I will share my interactions and experiences with those sustained by the river in regular updates. These updates will provide a voice to those affected by industry and extraction. They will also allow anyone at home to take a virtual trip through middle America. Accessible through online maps, photos, and video. When I reach the Gulf Coast I will leave my boat with a community group that helps protect citizens from industrial pollution.

Kickstarter funds will be used to cover the cost of the boat and paddling equipment (approximately $2000); solar charger, batteries, 3g web access, waterproof cases (approximately $1800); logistical support--charts, return transport from New Orleans, boat/camping fees, food (approximately $1200).

Thanks for checking out my project and for your support.
My best,
Brett
bciccotelli@gmail.com

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    Access to a virtual trip down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers through photo and video updates. These updates are for everyone, the more people who see and read about the rivers and what threatens them the better.

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    Greetings from the river. Two custom made postcards mailed during my trip. One from a community in the Ohio Valley and one from the Lower Mississippi.

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    Postcards, plus a 4x6" photo print from the trip.

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    Postcards, plus set of five 4x6" prints.

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    Postcards, plus a 5x7" print of your choice from the trip's online posted photos.

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    Postcards, plus 12x18" poster print of historic maps of the Lower Mississippi meanders-- preview here (http://mouthtosource.org/rivers/mississippi/files/2010/09/p22_s08_640.jpg)-- and a 4x6" print from the river section featured in your map. Reprinted with permission from the source (http://lmvmapping.erdc.usace.army.mil/index.htm).

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    Postcards, plus a matted 8x10" photo print of your choice from the trip's online posted photos--and as a bonus if you live in Pittsburgh I'll build a frame from reclaimed materials and deliver it.

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    Name the boat. I'll paint your choice across the bow and your name will stay with the boat as it continues to monitor the health of gulf coast communities after I donate it at the end of my trip.

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