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.
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.
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
- The American River Coalition
- The California Hydropower Reform Coalition
Friends of the River makes its most recent tax fillings 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.