Did you know that...
you believe it? Legislators want Congress to reconsider Wild and Scenic
protection of the Merced River! Their bill, HB 869, would allow
expansion of the Lake McClure reservoir, flooding a beautiful and
federally protected section of the Merced River. Obviously, this
legislation is a thinly veiled attempt to weaken Wild and Scenic Act
protection for all rivers across America. Friend’s
of the River’s Senior Policy Advocate, Ron Stork, just testified in
Washington DC at the United States Congress, and is organizing both
local and national coalitions to oppose this disastrous bill.
|The Army Corps of Engineers is attempting to clear-cut huge swaths of California’s riverside trees?
misguided effort to create a one-size-fits-all federal policy, the Army
Corps of Engineers wants local governments to clear-cut 1,600 miles of
levees in California. Friends of the River firmly believes that levee
safety can be achieved without a scorched-earth policy that would
clear-cut the surviving remnants of the riparian forests in the Central
Valley. We’ve assembled a
high-powered volunteer legal team that has filed suit against the Army
Corps of Engineers to oppose this ill-conceived policy.
|Congressman Tom McClintock is resurrecting the Auburn Dam?
no local partners, no water rights, and no money, Rep. McClintock wants
to borrow $10 billion dollars to destroy a river for a dam no one is
willing to pay for. Once again, Friends of the River is reviving the campaign to fight the Auburn Dam and to ensure public protection and long-term management for the American River and her stunning 36,000 acres of canyons.
| Congressman Devin Nunes plans to dewater the San Joaquin River all over again?
attempt to roll back the long-awaited restoration of the San Joaquin
River, Congressman Nunes wants to dewater the river, exempt irrigators
from federal and state regulations to protect fish and water flows, and
upend water rights going back over 100 years. FOR is fighting for the San Joaquin yet again, working with valley and delta farmers, fishermen and water agencies to keep this mighty river alive and flowing to the sea.
| Suction Dredge Gold Miners want a free ride on taxpayer backs and the right to pollute our rivers?
written state regulations for in-river dredge mining supported by the
mining industry would allow miners to pollute waterways across the state
with mercury. Already, 70 California rivers and reservoirs have been
declared mercury impaired. FOR
is leading a statewide campaign to stop this destructive mining
practice in rivers that supply drinking water to millions of
Californians. We’ve been successful in getting a 5-year
moratorium placed on new suction dredge mining permits until the
Department of Fish and Game adopts regulations that fully mitigate all
the negative impacts of this practice.
campaigns and others – like Friends of the River’s successful efforts to
protect an ever-increasing number of miles of California rivers and
streams through Wild and Scenic designation – are what your dollars pay
for. We can’t do what we do without you!