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September 14, 2011: Vol. 1, #9

In This Issue:
Join us at: Great American River Cleanup - Sat 9/17
California River Awards - Oct. 28 - Sponsor Now!
Ron Stork to speak in Modesto on Merced River
Last Chance to double your support of FOR

River News & Events

Great American River Clean Up -- Sutter's Landing Saturday, Sep. 17, 9 AM-Noon

Friends of the River and Midtown residents in Sacramento will be cleaning up Sutter's Landing Regional Park on the lower American River. Volunteers should wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and bring garden gloves. We'll provide trash bags and drinking water. Take 28th Street north from Midtown and meet at where the street dead-ends at the river next to the Skate Park building at 9 AM. Children 10 years or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children older than 10 must have a release form signed by a parent or guardian. For more information, call Steve Evans at (916) 708-3155 or email him at

The last 24 hours to double your money!

So much can happen in one day, September 15th is the last day for our generous donors challenge gift.  Please make your contribution today and double your money!  Your 5 dollar gift becomes a 10 dollar gift.  What could be better?  Thank you to all who have already answered the call to action.  You support means so much.  No gift is too small or too large to protect California’s Rivers.  Donate today!

Become a Tributary Sponsor of the California River Awards

The California River Awards is a gala evening that honors and recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to river conservation, preservation and protection. It’s Friends of the River’s biggest annual party and fundraiser. All monies raised go to support FOR’s river conservation work across the state. 

The event, on Friday, October 28th 2011 will be a festive and unforgettable evening celebrating a number of California's most dedicated river heroes, the Founders of the Tuolumne River Trust and Representative Sam Farr. Along with delectable food, terrific wine and great music, it is a wonderful opportunity to socialize with old and new friends and support FOR’s ongoing efforts to protect California’s rivers. A live and silent auction will tempt you with many enticing items: outdoor adventures, fine wines and dining, art, camping equipment and more.

Join us as a Tributary Sponsor at $1,000 and you will receive; 3 event tickets, 2 tickets to the special sponsors-only pre-event featuring a presentation on the founding of the Tuolumne River Trust, and acknowledgement of your sponsorship in the event program, on event signage as well as mention on the webpage and recognition in our Headwaters Magazine.

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Yokuts Sierra Club Group Presents: Ron Stork to Challenge Our Congress on drowning Wild & Scenic Merced River

The National Wild and Scenic River System was established to protect free-flowing rivers for posterity. One of Modesto's local congressmen, Jeff Denham, has authored a bill that breaks the promises of that designation on the beautiful Merced River above Lake McClure. Another local congressman, Dennis Cardoza, is a co-sponsor. Passage of this bill would set a horrible precedent and do almost nothing to address the serious water issues facing California.

Ron Stork's testimony before Congress on this issue last June was masterful. Please join the Yokuts Sierra Club Group for a fascinating discussion of our local rivers and the very real threats they face.

Their program will be held Friday, September 16th, at the Fellowship Hall of the College Avenue Church, 1341 College Ave. (at Orangeburg) in Modesto. Refreshments and Socializing begin at 6:45 p.m., and the program starts at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.


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