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Wed, Sep 24, 2014: 2014 Mokelumne River Cleanup ResultsThe Mokelumne River is cleaner thanks to the efforts of volunteers at Foothill Conservancy’s annual Mokelumne River Cleanup, held September 20. Volunteers collected more than 300 pounds of trash and recyclables at sites on Electra Road, Big Bar, and upcountry at the North Fork crossing at Highway 26.
Tue, Sep 23, 2014: Thank you to our 2014 Moke cleanup volunteers!Foothill Conservancy wants to say "Thank You" to the many volunteers who turned out for our 2014 Mokelumne River Cleanup on September 20. Volunteers removed hundreds of pounds of trash and recyclables from the river along Electra Road at Big Bar and upcountry at the North Fork crossing at Highway 26. This year's "weirdest trash" as voted by volunteers? A whole coconut with black and white sesame seeds and some exotic seeds (maybe chia) wrapped up in a cloth!
Mon, Sep 15, 2014: Finalist artists selected for River Reflections Arts Project50 artists from Amador and Calaveras Counties, and the East Bay, listed below have been selected to submit work for the next phase of “River Reflections,” a major arts project, that will call attention to the Mokelumne River, source of drinking water for 1.4 million people, locally and in the East Bay.
Mon, Nov 03, 2014 - Thu, Nov 06, 2014: 7th California Oak Symposium: Managing Oak Woodlands in a Dynamic WorldBeginning in 1979, there have been a series of symposia held every 5 to 7 years addressing the state of our knowledge about science, policy and management factors affecting California’s oak resource. This upcoming program represents the 7th symposium in the series.
Fri, Nov 07, 2014: Workshop and Webcast -Ranching and California's DroughtThis workshop will tell the story of the Drought Monitor, in particular how the map may help ranchers qualify for drought relief assistance – and how local California experience and information can be used to inform the drought mapping process.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014: Sierra Nevada Film FestivalMark you calendar!
Sierra Nevada Film Festival closes out the year with a great selection of films. Don't miss them! Check out the program and buy a ticket. You'll be glad you did.
Vote No on Proposition 1, the state water bond
Foothill Conservancy has joined a coalition opposed to Proposition 1
on the November ballot. We urge you to vote No on this ballot measure in favor of working for a better bond in the future. Below are good reasons for your No vote, thanks to the Save the American River Association.
The Save the American River Association (SARA) Board of Directors has compiled a handy list of reasons of why everybody who cares about the future of fish, rivers, the environment, the economy and the people of California should vote NO on the water bond:
- Prop. 1 does nothing to address drought relief in the near future.
- Prop. 1 adds $7.12 billion to California's debt, debt that will cost taxpayers $14.4 billion when the principal and interest is paid.
- Prop. 1 dedicates only 13% of its funding for conservation, stormwater capture and treatment, and recycling.
- Prop. 1 allocates $2.7 billion for three dams that would increase the state's water supply by only 1%. The money would flow under the provision that allows "continuous funding," meaning there would be no legislative oversight. A number of dam projects that had been abandoned because of low water yield or would not be cost-effective are now being revived.
- When the State Water Project was approved in 1960, it provided that beneficiaries of water projects -- not taxpayers statewide -- would pay for new projects. Prop. 1 reverses that principle. Taxpayers would pay the lion's share of new projects. Taxpayers, for example, would pay 73% of the cost of the proposed Temperance Flat Dam on the San Joaquin River while the beneficiaries -- agribusiness and the City of Fresno -- would pay most of the balance.
- Prop. 1 requires taxpayers to buy water the public already owns to protect fish. It's a retread of programs in force for years that allow speculators to reap huge profits by selling the public's water back to the public. And it will have the additional impact of making more water available to export from the Delta.
- Prop. 1 does nothing to address factors that have worsened the water crisis in California during the current drought: the overdrafting of major reservoirs in Northern California, inequitable distribution of limited water supplies and the failure to balance the Public Trust.
- Prop. 1 contains $1.5 billion for "conservancies" without any language governing how the money is to be spent. Nothing would prevent the conservancies from spending the money on projects that have no impact on water supplies such as bike trails or administrative costs. Critics are calling it "pork."
- Promoters of Prop. 1 note that about 6.9% of the bond will spent to provide safe drinking water and clean water programs to disadvantaged communities. That long overdue initiative should have been presented to the voters years ago as a stand-alone proposition. It is shameful that California government has never addressed the water problems of disadvantaged communities.
For more on Proposition 1, visit the website of the No on Prop 1 campaign.