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FOR Logo Friends of the River
 The voice of California's rivers

About Us

[object Object]Friends of the River Foundation (FOR) 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.

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Our History: Friends of the River was founded in 1973 during the struggle to save the Stanislaus River from New Melones Dam. Following that campaign, the group grew to become California's statewide river conservation organization. Friends of the River is dedicated to preserving and restoring California's rivers, streams, and their watersheds; as well as advocating for sustainable water management.

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Today, Friends of the River is nationally recognized as an authority on the adverse impacts of dams on rivers and ecosystems and is the most effective grassroots organization working on behalf of rivers. Friends of the River led successful campaigns for the permanent protection of many outstanding California rivers and streams - including the Kings, Kern, Merced, Tuolumne, upper Klamath, West Walker, East Carson, Sisquoc, and Big Sur Rivers; as well as Sespe Creek and Cache Creek. Visit our 2012 River Victories page to learn more about our current work. 

Friends of the River has helped create many watershed-based citizens' groups, among them Friends of the Trinity River, Friends of the Kern River, the South Yuba River Citizens League, the Tuolumne River Preservation Trust and the Stanislaus River Council.  We also coordinate or participate in several major statewide and national campaigns and coalitions, including:

          • The American River Coalition
          • The California Hydropower Reform Coalition

Friends of the River (also know as Friends of the River Foundation) makes its most recent tax fillings (FOR's Federal Tax ID # is 94-2400210) available for the public to review both in our offices during normal business hours and electronically below. The links below to our Federal and California tax fillings for 2012 are pdf links open in a new window and download from our Dropbox site.

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