Be a Voice for Your River

Take a couple of minutes to speak on behalf of California rivers.  It’s fast and easy!  Send an email or take a few more minutes to hand write a note (highest impact).  Below is information about critical river issues and links to get more information as well as content for an email or letter along with where to send your messages.  If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact us – info@friendsoftheriver.org.

Dredging up old mistakes: Will harmful suction dredge gold mining return to California’s rivers?

The State Water Resource Control Board (SWRCB) has the responsibility to regulate suction dredge mining under the federal Clean Water Act. The SWRCB is seeking public comments to inform the development of its regulations. The SWRCB could develop regulations or restrictions on when and where one could dredge, limit the size of the dredging device, or determine that this activity cannot be done at all in compliance with the law.

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Please urge the SWRCB to adopt water quality standards that restore 50-60% of the freshwater inflows!

Comments are due by noon on January 17, 2017.

After decades of degradation due to inadequate freshwater inflows, the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is poised to take action to provide relief to the San Francisco Bay-Delta and at least some of the rivers that feed it. The SWRCB has proposed revisions to the Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan aimed at updating minimum flow releases for the lower San Joaquin River and its major tributaries in order to protect fish and wildlife and control salt water intrusion in the southern Delta. 

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