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Help raise a fuss against efforts to undermine the integrity of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers system

Author Tim PalmerThe San Francisco Chronicle has run an opinion editorial from America’s leading chronicler of free flowing rivers, Tim Palmer, about the travesty of dismantling part of our nation’s Wild & Scenic River System, beginning with the iconic Merced River.

This is the first Bay Area press coverage on Representative Jeff Denham’s bill that passed the House of Representatives last year to do just that. Now is the time to write a letter to the editor supporting Tim and our National Wild & Scenic River System.  

The battle to preserve the integrity of the National Wild & Scenic Rivers Act and ensure the permanent protection of Merced Wild & Scenic River needs your help today! 

This is also a good time to renew your contacts with Senator Boxer and Feinstein, telling of them that the nation’s Wild & Scenic Rivers are supposed to be kept free flowing for now and as a legacy we leave for future generations. A personal letter sent to their district offices will have the most impact – their addresses are listed below.

This is also a good time to contact your local media (newspapers, weeklies, radio and local TV stations) asking them to cover this issue: as a news story or editorially that you can follow up with letters to the editor. You do not have to know the editor or even the environmental beat reporter – email and call them about this unprecedented attack on our national rivers and the Merced Offer to show them the river and provide them with materials on the issues – such as the link to our video ( And offer to help put them in contact with FOR staff.

Democracy means that citizens can affect the course of our country and our rivers. Get active. And let’s have joy in our work.

Read Tim’s Op Ed at:

Visit FOR’s Merced page at:

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The Honorable Diane Feinstein
United States Senate
One Post Street, Suite 2450
San Francisco, CA 94104

The Honorable Barbara Boxer
United States Senate
70 Washington Street, Suite 203
Oakland, CA 94607



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