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Save Our Rivers Sally! Don't let Congress build new dams in California!

The House of Representatives is bent on using the drought crisis to pass legislation this year to expedite dam building and weaken environmental protections so that more water can be diverted from rivers and the San Francisco Bay-Delta.

We need the Obama administration to stand up for California’s rivers by convincing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to defend our Wild & Scenic rivers and the many threatened and endangered species that depend on them!



Thank Senator Feinstein & Boxer For Introducing Legislation To Protect 77 Miles Of Wild & Scenic Rivers In The California Desert

Early in February, Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced S. 414 – the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act. Cosponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer, the bill proposes to protect more than 77 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers in the California Desert and adjacent mountain ranges.


Stop The Temperance Flat dam And Help Save The San Joaquin River Gorge!
T41511SJRgorgese.JPGhe U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) is seeking public comments in response to a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Temperance Flat dam on the San Joaquin River Gorge. At risk is an outstanding river recommended for protection in the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. Astoundingly, the proposed dam will produce little additional water and provide no relief from California’s chronic drought. But taxpayers will be asked to pay much of the bill for a destructive multi-billion dollar dam that will only benefit large agribusiness corporations in the southern Central Valley.
Please plan on attending and speaking out at upcoming public hearings in Sacramento and Fresno and send your email TODAY urging the Bureau of Reclamation to scrap its dubious plan to build this deadbeat dam!

Thank President Obama today for establishing the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Today (Friday, Oct 10,2014) President Obama will issue a proclamation establishing a 350,000-acre San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in southern California. The Monument will consist of existing public lands currently managed as part of the Angeles National Forest.

The proposed Monument is the result of years of collaborative effort by Friends of the River, our members, and many other conservation, recreation, and environmental justice groups to protect the free flowing rivers and wild places of the San Gabriel Mountains.



Take the Drought Action Pledge and Email  Governor Brown - Dam's won't make water!
Piru Creek gone dryCalifornia’s severe drought reminds us how precious and limited water is.  We can help by doing our part to use it wisely.  While there is a lot of talk about building new dams, they cost billions of dollars and take a decade or more to build.  So, new dams won’t help us with the drought, but they will do more harm to the rivers we love and we already have more than 1,400 of major dams in the state. 
Water conservation and efficiency is cheap or even free.  Friends of the River is working to advance these solutions to meet our water needs without doing more harm to rivers.  You can help by taking this drought pledge as a first step.


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