Deep Creek, and the Whitewater, San Gabriel, and Amargosa Rivers: FOR advanced our campaign to protect 3% of California’s rivers as Wild & Scenic by building significant and meaningful local support for these rivers in southern California.
We secured support from community leaders, businesses, angling groups, land conservancies, and local residents for proposed federal legislation to protect more than 380 miles of free flowing rivers and streams that provide outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities and important fish and wildlife habitat in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Inyo, San Diego, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and Monterey Counties.
Sacramento River: FOR supported the introduction of a bill to protect more than 20 miles of river and 18,000 acres of public lands.
We successfully lobbied Senators Boxer and Feinstein to reintroduce federal legislation to establish an 18,000-acre Sacramento River National
Recreation Area, to protect segments of the river and its tributaries with outstanding outdoor recreation, scenic, cultural, and fish and wildlife values.
All California Rivers: FOR participated in drafting new rules to protect rivers from the impacts of mining activities.
We advocated for the development of state regulations to protect river-based recreation, fish, and wildlife from unregulated suction dredge mining assisting the California Department of Fish and Game in developing new mining regulations.
Mokelumne River: FOR continued the fight against the needless and wasteful expansion of Pardee Dam.
We continued the legal challenge against the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s proposal to expand Pardee Reservoir, which would drown more than mile of the Mokelumne River recommended by federal agencies for Wild & Scenic River protection.
All California Rivers: FOR defended California's strong definition of renewable energy to defend our rivers and ensure utility companies propose truly renewable energy projects.
We successfully defended California’s definition of renewal energy to protect California's rivers from being exploited for power development and to prevent utilities operating destructive hydroelectric projects in British Columbia to market their energy in the state as “renewable.”
Cow Creek (Sacramento River tributary): FOR shepherded the removal of small dams that block access to steelhead habitat.
We pushed for the retirement of a small hydroelectric project in Shasta County that will result in the removal of dams from Kilarc-Cow Creek project and restoration of habitat for endangered steelhead.
Merced and Tuolumne Rivers: FOR advocated for improved flows for salmon and steelhead and fish passage past hydroelectric dams.
We fought for necessary flows to restore fish passage and flows for endangered salmon and steelhead on the Merced and Tuolumne Rivers as part of the federal government’s relicensing of the Merced Hydroelectric and New Don Pedro Projects.
Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: FOR worked with CA congress-members and senators to block attempts to increase water exports that would have led to its ecological collapse of this fragile estuary.
We protected water quality and endangered fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by helping convince Congress to table a federal amendment to over-ride the Endangered Species Act in order to expedite increased federal water exports from the Delta and we challenged in state court renewal of federal water contracts that would increase fresh water exports from the Delta.
Sacramento, San Joaquin, and Other Rivers: FOR derailed a major funding mechanism for new and enlarged dams on the Sacramento, San Joaquin, and other Central Valley Rivers.
We helped generate newspaper editorials and public opposition throughout the state questioning the cost, size, and purpose of the budget-busting and river-destroying $11 billion water bond, which prompted the California Legislation to delay until November 2012 the public vote on the $11 billion measure.
Central Valley Rivers: FOR delayed a new federal rule that would have needlessly required the cutting down of millions of riverbank trees
We delayed implementation of the Army Corps of Engineers proposed policy to remove riverside trees on flood control levees along the Sacramento, Feather, American, San Joaquin, and other Central Valley Rivers and advocated for environmental improvements and sensible floodplain management policies in the state’s Central Valley Flood Protection Plan.
Trinity, Sacramento, American, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Rivers: FOR ensured the State Water Board will consider the needs of fish and wildlife and other public trust resources when it renews water rights for the federal Central Valley Project.
We protested and delayed state approval of a water rights petition for the Central Valley Project, which would have allowed the Bureau of Reclamation to continue operating dams on the Trinity, Sacramento, American, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Rivers without any environmental analysis, and that would have continued their claim over “paper water” that, in most years, does not exist.
San Joaquin River: For the first time in 60 years, the San Joaquin River flowed its entire length all year long.
After 18 years of litigation that led to a complex legal settlement and passage of federal legislation, more than 60 miles of the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam flowed year-round for the first time in six decades. Because of this effort, the San Joaquin River Restoration Project continues and there is hope for the restoration of salmon in this once dry river.