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Read the latest issue of FOR’s River Advocate eNewsletter as well as our news, press releases, letters to Congress and Federal & State Agencies.

Southern California deal for Delta islands could cost up to $240 million
Sacramento Bee 11-10-2015

Ex-Federal Offical: Dams Are Dinosaurs
Lake Tahoe News 10-23-15

Damning California's Future
East Bay Express 10-21-2015

California Drought Revives a River and a Poignant History (Stanislaus River)
KQED 10-2-2015
Dreadful Dam - SF Examiner 9-25-2015

Time Running Out on Water Pact
Herald & News 9-20-2015

Environmental and fishing groups write Secretary Jewell; urge rejection of Delta tunnels, say it's too risky
Maven's Notebook 9-17-2015

Klamath water grab attempt another reminder of how the south state views north
Editorial Chico Enterprise-Record 9-1-2015

Water War of Yore Still Resonates with New Melones Protestor
Modesto Bee 7-19-2015

Why the water bond shouldn't fund dams
LA Times Editorial 7-12-2015

GOP water bill in Congress should be rejected
LA Times Editorial 7-10-2015 

House GOP pushes bill to pump more Delta water
SF Chronicle 7-9-2015 

Fed water bill plans for the past, ignores the future
SF Chronicle Editorial 7-8-2015

CA water bill likely to pass US House, then lose steam
Sac Bee 7-7-2015

Press Releases
December 17, 2015:  Congress Pushes Controversial Drought Legislation 25 Organizations Call on Interior Secretary to Protect California’s Rivers  12-16-17 Letter to Secretary Jewell
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October 13, 2015: Governor brown signs AB 142, Mokelumne River Wild & Scenic study bill
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October 8, 2015: U.S. Senate Considers Drought Relife for California: River Group Warns the Bill Will Only Get Worse in this Congress
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September 9, 2015: Delta Water Tunnels Violate Endangered Species Act (Read the letter here)
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FOR Letters to Congress
October 8, 2015 s1894 – California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015: OPPOSE: Friends of the River has carefully reviewed S. 1894. We appreciate your intent to draft consensus legislation that attempts to alleviate the effects of the drought on California. We support provisions in the bill that authorize federal funding for water recycling, agricultural water conservation, groundwater recharge, urban storm water capture, and other innovative projects.

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July 7, 2015: letter to the California Congressional Delegation regarding HR 2898:The undersigned conservation and recreation organizations, outdoor businesses, and Native American Tribes urge you to reject Rep. Valadao's H.R. 2898. Under the guise of water and food "security," H.R. 2898 proposes to maximize water exports, and weaken regulations protecting threatened and endangered fish and wildlife in California.
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March 11, 2014: Letter to the California Congressional Delegation regarding 3189:  We write to ask you to oppose HR 3189. This measure would, among other effects, prevent the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from requiring conditions on water diversions on Federal lands to protect fish and wildlife, as well as recreational opportunities for our citizens.
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Nov 13, 2013: Letter to Congressman Jared Huffman regarding HR 3189: We write to ask you to oppose HR 3189.  This measure would prevent the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from requiring conditions on water diversions on Federal lands to protect fish and wildlife.
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FOR Letters to Federal & State Agencies
Dec 16, 2015: Letter to Secretary Sally Jewell regarding California dam projects threating potential Wild & Scenic Rivers
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Sep 29, 2015: Comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Coordinated Long-Term Operations of the Central Valley Project and State Water Project (FOR & others)
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