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Thank Senator Feinstein & Boxer For Introducing Legislation To Protect 77 Miles Of Wild & Scenic Rivers In The California Desert

Early in February, Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced S. 414 – the California Desert Conservation and Recreation Act. Cosponsored by Senator Barbara Boxer, the bill proposes to protect more than 77 miles of Wild & Scenic Rivers in the California Desert and adjacent mountain ranges.


Stop The Temperance Flat dam And Help Save The San Joaquin River Gorge!
T41511SJRgorgese.JPGhe U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) is seeking public comments in response to a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Temperance Flat dam on the San Joaquin River Gorge. At risk is an outstanding river recommended for protection in the National Wild & Scenic Rivers System. Astoundingly, the proposed dam will produce little additional water and provide no relief from California’s chronic drought. But taxpayers will be asked to pay much of the bill for a destructive multi-billion dollar dam that will only benefit large agribusiness corporations in the southern Central Valley.
Please plan on attending and speaking out at upcoming public hearings in Sacramento and Fresno and send your email TODAY urging the Bureau of Reclamation to scrap its dubious plan to build this deadbeat dam!

Save our Salmon and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Restore the Flow of Fresh Water to the San Joaquin River

T[object Object]his fall and early next year, the California State Water Resources Control Board will decide whether to require that more water make it from the San Joaquin River basin into the San Francisco Bay-Delta estuary. Increasing flows from the San Joaquin River to the Bay-Delta estuary is a critical first step towards restoring the balance between the needs of California’s fish and wildlife, the many jobs and businesses that depend on healthy fisheries and rivers, and the other uses of water. FOR's petition is on's web platform. 


Thank President Obama today for establishing the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument

Today (Friday, Oct 10,2014) President Obama will issue a proclamation establishing a 350,000-acre San Gabriel Mountains National Monument in southern California. The Monument will consist of existing public lands currently managed as part of the Angeles National Forest.

The proposed Monument is the result of years of collaborative effort by Friends of the River, our members, and many other conservation, recreation, and environmental justice groups to protect the free flowing rivers and wild places of the San Gabriel Mountains.


Help Prioritize Rivers in Revised Forest Plans

Dinkey CreekThe Forest Service has formally initiated the process to revise the land and resource management plans for 4.5 million acres of public lands on the Inyo, Sequoia and Sierra National Forests in the southern and eastern Sierra Nevada. The revised plans will determine the future of existing and potential Wild & Scenic Rivers that flow through wild lands that contribute to some of the most iconic scenery in California.
The Forest Service is soliciting comments from the public as to the scope of the Forest Plan Revisions through September 29, including the protection of Wild & Scenic Rivers and Wilderness, at-risk fish and wildlife species, meadows and other ecologically sensitive wildlife habitats, and providing stainable high quality recreational opportunities for the public.

Take the Drought Action Pledge and Email  Governor Brown - Dam's won't make water!
Piru Creek gone dryCalifornia’s severe drought reminds us how precious and limited water is.  We can help by doing our part to use it wisely.  While there is a lot of talk about building new dams, they cost billions of dollars and take a decade or more to build.  So, new dams won’t help us with the drought, but they will do more harm to the rivers we love and we already have more than 1,400 of major dams in the state. 
Water conservation and efficiency is cheap or even free.  Friends of the River is working to advance these solutions to meet our water needs without doing more harm to rivers.  You can help by taking this drought pledge as a first step.


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