Auburn dam and the WRDA Auburn dam pep rallies return 2013 Capital River Awards a success! Delta Council approves flawed plan
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Take Action McClintock's HR-934 - Help stop his bad dam plans
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Get to Your River!: Dinky Creek camping trip with Sierra Club - This Weekend - space still available!
The Wild Merced still awaits House action
Ron Stork, FOR Policy Director
McClintock hints of a more ambitious de-designation bill
HR 934 (McClintock) - the bill to de-designate a portion of
the Wild & Scenic Merced River - after passing the House Natural Resources
Committee, could be taken up by the full House of Representatives at any time.
It may be moved quickly, although Rep. McClintock (R-Elk
Grove) is now contemplating removing the portions of the Merced River and
perhaps its South Fork that flow through Yosemite National Park from the
National Wild & Scenic River System as well.
We'll have to see what Rep. McClintock and the House
majority want to do. You can help the Merced River by letting your members of
Congress know how you feel – send an email to your members today!
In the meantime, any communications that you receive from
members of Congress about their views on HR 934 are important to Friends of the
River. Please forward any emails that you receive from your Representative or
Senator to Ron Stork, at Friends of the River (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you get a letter via the U.S. mail, either copy it and send it
to Friends of the River or email us the gist of the letter.
On a related front, we are building a library of images of
the stretch of the Wild & Scenic Merced River proposed for de-designation. If you have images to share or would like to
learn more please contact us email@example.com.
Help stop McClintock's bad dam plans with your action below:
Auburn dam report - And WRDA 2013 Ron Stork, FOR Policy Director
Auburn dam is dead. Well, its resurrection was blocked once
again in Congress anyway.
The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) that emerged from
the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) last month
abandoned traditional project-by-project authorizations and simply authorized
any Corps of Engineers project that had completed the planning process (had a
Chief's report) and had an undefined "referral" from the Assistant
Secretary of the Army for Civil Works.
No time limit. No clear idea what projects they were
Communications were made to EPW and Senator Boxer. In the
end, the provision that was brought to the Senate floor in the "manager's
amendment" was modified to only authorize Chief's-reports projects with
"recommendations" from the Assistant Secretary between the last WRDA
(2007) and WRDA 2013.
Auburn dam was out. No Assistant Secretary of the Army had
ever recommended Auburn dam. With no non-Federal sponsor at present, none will
in the near future.
The Senate passed the manager's amendment. WRDA 2013 is not
going to resurrect Auburn dam.
The Senate's WRDA 2013 also requires the Corps to review
their levee-vegetation policy - and requires them to stand down their policy
while they do.
The rest of the WRDA was not pretty, as you can see from the
newsclips in our press room.
2013 Capital River Awards a success!
Friends of the River held our annual Sacramento event honoring river conservation throughout California. Join us to celebrate the spirit and leadership that keep our rivers and canyons protected.
For 2013 we honored State Senator Lois Wolk and Restore the Delta (RTD) for spearheading efforts to protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. For the better part of the last decade, Senator Lois Wolk and RTD have fought to ensure that the sustainability and health of the Delta are central to any plans to address California’s water delivery system.
Along with delectable food, terrific wine and beer, this event was a wonderful opportunity to socialize with old and new friends and support ongoing efforts to protect California’s Rivers. Money raised at this event supports FOR’s river conservation work.
Thank you to all who sponsored, attended, and volunteered at a successful and uplifting event! FOR was joined by well over 100 guests and our honorees, State Senator Lois Wolk and staff and Board from Restore the Delta for an enjoyable night of food, wine, and friends. We were honored as well by the attendance of State Senators Hannah-Beth Jackson, Loni Hancock, Carol Lui, Mark DeSaulnier, as well as San Joaquin County Supervisor Frank Ruhstaller.
Thank you again to all and a special additional thank you to our event sponsors below who made the evening possible!
Alison Harvey & David Loera
Bill & Robin Center/Camp Lotus
Bob* & Faith Cushman
Corley* & Patty Phillips
Greg & Jane Widroe & Family
Jim & Marna Genes
Rebecca Center & Doug Foster
California Wildlife Foundation/California Oaks
Dan Buckley/Tributary Whitewater Tours
Ilene Starin & Will Lichtig
Jeff Depew* & Trish Hayward
Joe & Margrit Petrofsky
Granite Bay Flycasters
Adventure Connection/Nate Rangel*
American River Resort /Tom Van Noord & Dave Martinez
American Whitewater Expeditions
Bettina Redway & Michael Picker
Bob Lew & Marion Franck
California Canoe & Kayak/Keith Miller
Chevron Riverside Mini Mart in Coloma
Denise & Bob Hansen
Jerry & Kris Cadagan
John & Sandy Vanderpol
Mike Lee, Architect
Monte & Kay Osborn
Mother Lode River Center
Resources Renewal Institute
River Rat Raft Rental
Scott Armstrong* / All Outdoors
Soluri Meserve, A Law Corporation
Tony & Margie DeRiggi
WET River Trips
*Friends of the River Boardmember
Delta Stewardship Council approves flawed Delta Plan Katy Cotter, Legal Counsel
In spite of a myriad of factual flaws and incomplete
analysis, last week the Delta Stewardship Council approved the Delta Plan and
its Environmental Impact Report. This approval will continue to allow
unreasonable exports from the Delta and will hasten the extinction of several
endangered aquatic species in our rivers and in the Delta. Moreover, the
Delta Plan sets the wheels in motion for approval of new water delivery
conveyance, which will further worsen conditions in the Delta and in upstream
regions. FOR would like to thank its supporters for vocalizing their opposition
to this project. 70 members writing on behalf of FOR submitted comments on the
Program EIR and Recirculated EIR! FOR will continue to pressure the Delta
Stewardship Council to amend the Plan to refrain from endorsement of new
conveyance and instead to encourage development of local water supplies and
stringent conversation measures.
GET TO YOUR RIVER: Dinkey Creek Memorial Weekend Car Camp & Hikes: May
Steve Evans, Wild Rivers Program Director
Join Friends of the River, California Wilderness Coalition,
and the Sierra Club California-Nevada Wilderness Committee for a weekend of car
camping and exploratory hikes on beautiful Dinkey Creek in the Sierra National
Participants will have the opportunity to explore Dinkey Creek, a
potential Wild & Scenic River, as well as potential nearby additions to the
Dinkey Lakes Wilderness. Dinkey Creek is one of the longest free-flowing
tributaries to the Kings River and offers outstanding scenery and recreational
opportunities, including camping, hiking, expert-level whitewater kayaking, and
rock climbing. The Forest Service is revising the Sierra National Forest Plan
and this is your opportunity to get involved and experience first-hand
important wild places that should be protected in the plan. The trip is limited
to 24 people, so please contact Vicky Hoover at Vicky.firstname.lastname@example.org , or
call (415) 977-5527 ASAP to reserve your spot.
FOR's 2013 Member Trips
Our trips areall volunteer run, all shared cost and guests help with gear and shuttle. NO PETS on river or left in vehicles or at Camp Lotus.
Klamath River: July 3 - 7, Class III (ages 12 and up)
SFA American River: June 8 & 9, July 13-14, August 17-18, Class III (ages 12 and up)
Middle Fork American River: June 15 and August 10 Class II (ages 8 and up)
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Auburn dam pep rallies - past and present
Ron Stork, FOR Policy Director
Back in 1995, Rep. John Doolittle (R-Rocklin) presided over
a gala luncheon organized by the Auburn Dam Council. Rep. Doolittle was now in
the majority in the Congress and had assumed chairmanship of the House
Resources Committee's Subcommittee on Water and Power.
The purpose was to kick off Rep. Doolittle's renewed
campaign to authorize or re-authorize Auburn dam. FOR's Ron Stork and Charley
Casey attended, of course, and it was both chilling and entertaining to witness
the rally that we were so much not a part of. Fortunately, although Rep.
Doolittle's campaign ushered in some bad years, the now-retired Congressman
ultimately failed to deliver the dam during his time in office.
Thus it was a déjà vu experience when a friend received a
note that "the Auburn Dam Council would like to invite you to our first
Sacramento Regional Water Storage Forum, sponsored by the Council. Please join
us on June 7, 2013 at the lovely Arden Hills Resort Club and Spa in
The featured speaker: Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove),
chairman of the House Subcommittee on Water and Power and Auburn dam true
He will no doubt remind his listeners that although the
Corps' Auburn dam was defeated in the Congress, lost its non-Federal sponsor,
and a decade later lost its state water rights that now is the time to usher in
"a new era of abundance." And that starts with building Auburn dam.
Well, we expect Rep. McClintock to rally the true believers
from time to time, but the parallels to eighteen years ago do motivate one to
watch Rep. McClintock and his band of Auburn dam true believers a little more
closely than usual. Some mischief may be afoot.
For those of us that believe that the preservation of the
American River canyons should be part of any real "era of abundance,"
we may need to do a little rallying of our own. As they say, "the American
River, worth more than a dam."
Rivers for Change is a 501c3 not-for-profit,
founded in Fall of 2011. Their mission is to engage, collaborate, and promote
conservation through Source to Sea Adventures. Their founding principles are
based on a Source to Sea holistic view of the river and marrying adventure and conservation.
They recently completed an ambitious 12 Rivers in 2012
campaign and are planning our Source to Sea on the Sacramento River from the
top of Mount Shasta to the Golden Gate Bridge. This May they have been hosting the
California 100, a premier ultra marathon paddle race on the Sacramento River
from Redding to Chico on May 25th. Before the race, on May 19th, they hosted a community paddle in Redding, CA and on May 27th, they’ll be hosting a river
clean up in Chico. Be sure to check their events page below for an activity near you.
They look forward to engaging, paddling, and learning with
you. For our rivers, The RFC Team
Park your old car at the River Bank - FOR's Bank that is!
Friends of the River now accepts donations of cars, boats, trucks, jet skis and more! In a cooperative effort between Donation Line and FOR your vehicle can be donated to help save our rivers! You must have a clean title. Free Towing & No Hassles. Pick up ASAP.
Call 1-877-227-7487 extension 2811
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