River Action Center
California “Drought Relief” Moves To The Senate And The
Emails To Our Senators And To The President Are Needed TODAY
We need your emails TODAY to Senators Feinstein and Boxer
urging them to introduce a bill that protects California rivers and state water
rights, provides real and long-term relief to California communities that need
it, helps protect and restore our salmon fisheries and the ecosystems they rely
on, and builds the foundation for a water policy that encourages the social and
economic changes that will be required as global warming reduces our water
We also need your email to President Barack Obama, before he
visits Fresno this Friday, urging him to support and propose federal drought
relief programs that fund long term solutions to California’s water needs
without sacrificing our rivers and fisheries. The President has declared that
we cannot ignore climate change. Responding to the California drought in a
manner that brings about long-term change in how we deal with water fits right
in with that declaration.
TAKE ACTION NOW
| Speak Out Against The Delta Tunnels
|Delta “Twin Tunnels” – A Doubled-Barreled Shotgun Aimed At
North State Rivers
The long awaited draft Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP)
and its draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS)
are now available for review by the public. The government is soliciting public
input on the controversial plan and its proposal to build massive “twin
tunnels” intended to divert fresh water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay
Delta Estuary. Now is your opportunity to speak out against this environmental
travesty at upcoming public meetings and by sending an email opposing this expensive
and destructive water project.
For BDCP public meeting times and locations, and to send
your email opposing this disastrous project TAKE ACTION NOW!
|The Merced Saga: New Bill to Drown Reach of W&S Merced
Happy 21st Birthday for Merced W&S Protection!
Congress added 12 miles of the lower Merced River to the
National Wild & Scenic Rivers System on October 23, 1992, completing the
protection of this magnificent Sierra Nevada river, much of which was
originally protected by Congress in 1987.
Twenty-one years later, Rep. Tom McClintock wants to remove
federal protection from a segment of the lower Merced to allow for possible
enlargement of McClure Reservoir. Not satisfied with just voting for the
federal government shutdown that closed Yosemite and other National Parks and
federal wild areas throughout the nation, McClintock wants to start removing
hard-won protection from some of our wildest rivers to allow for destructive
development. If you haven’t already sent an email to your Congressmember
opposing McClintock’s bill, please do so today.
Representative Tom McClintock of
California has introduced H.R. 934, a bill to remove from federal protection for a segment
of the Wild & Scenic Merced River to allow for expansion of
McClure Reservoir by the Merced Irrigation District (MID). The proposed
reservoir expansion would drown a segment of the Wild Merced, a river that
provides outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation and critical fish
and wildlife habitat in the Mother Lode region of California.
|Write President Obama to Save California's River-Side Trees
|The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has ordered all state and local flood control districts to remove every tree and shrub larger than two inches in diameter from the banks of its levees or risk losing Federal funding and assistance. This tree-elimination policy would destroy more than 1,600 miles of wildlife-rich riparian forest in California alone and would severely impact a good number of already threatened species including the Swainson's hawk, Delta smelt, Chinook salmon and more. Plus, the policy would cost more than $7 billion to implement. Friends of the River strongly opposes this short-sighted and destructive mandate and is calling the move, a "War on Nature." We need concerned individuals like you to tell President Barack Obama that this issue deserves his attention. TAKE ACTION: click here to send your letter to President Obama.
| Urge Rep. Farr to reintroduce his bill to protect Big Sur Rivers
|Representative Sam Farr is seeking public comments in regard to the reintroduction of his bill to protect more than 90 miles of proposed Wild & Scenic Rivers on public lands in the Big Sur region. This would be similar to the bill he introduced in 2009 <click here for more information>. If you are a constituent of Rep. Farr, please attend this important meeting and urge him to reintroduce the Big Sur Management Act. Please send an email to Rep. Farr to let him know that you support this bill and urge him to reintroduce it as soon as possible. To send an email to Rep. Farr, TAKE ACTION.