2012 River Victories
Friends of the River is California's only statewide river conservation organization. FOR is nationally recognized as an authority on the adverse impacts of dams on rivers and ecosystems.
Our Mission: Friends of the River protects and restores California Rivers by influencing public policy and inspiring citizen action.
2012 has been a busy one for our rivers and for FOR! Here is a quick summary of just some of our more notable accomplishments to date:
- Built and led a coalition of 50 groups that stalled both legislation to drown the Wild & Scenic Merced River and efforts to permanently weaken the National Wild & Scenic River Act.
- Introduced federal legislation to protect 89 miles of rivers in Southern California including Piru, Mono, Sespe, and Indian Creeks.
- Blocked an attempt to rollback restoration of the San Joaquin River, which now reaches the sea after decades of exploitation. Salmon spawned in the reach above the restored section for the first time in fifty years.
- Secured a mandate from the courts requiring the National Marine Fisheries Service to develop a scientific report requiring the Army Corps of Engineers to implement fish passage past two Yuba River Dams.
- Filed suit to stop the roll-out of poorly crafted in-river mining regulations and succeeded in extending the moratorium on suction dredging until effective protections for water quality and habitat are in place.
- Convinced East Bay Municipal Utility District to remove a proposed New Pardee Dam on the Mokelumne River from their water supply plan.
- Joined with dozens of organizations to stop the state from spending tens-of-billions of dollars to divert water from northern California rivers underneath or around the Delta to desert irrigators and urban sprawl.
We expect to be hard at work over this next month during the lame-duck session in Washington, D.C. to continue the fights to save both the Wild & Scenic Merced River and the San Joaquin River Restoration program.