Help stop the federal water giveaway!
The House of Representatives is considering draft
legislation that proposes to maximize water exports and “streamline”
regulations protecting water quality, fish, and wildlife in California. As
currently drafted, this terrible bill will likely result in the extinction of
the endangered Delta smelt in its native habitat and accelerate the already
fast decline of the Central Valley’s wild salmon and steelhead populations.
Thank Senator Feinstein & Boxer For Introducing
Legislation To Protect 77 Miles Of Wild & Scenic Rivers In The California
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.
THANK THE SENATORS TODAY!
Stop The Temperance Flat dam And Help Save The San Joaquin
|The 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
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!
our Salmon and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Restore the Flow of Fresh
Water to the San Joaquin River
This 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 MoveOn.org's web platform.
SIGN THE PETITION NOW
President Obama today for establishing the San Gabriel Mountains National
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.
THANK THE PRESIDENT NOW
Rivers in Revised Forest Plans
The 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
Take the Drought Action Pledge and Email Governor Brown - Dam's won't make water!
California’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.