Our effort to keep the Mokelumne River “A River for Everyone” got a big boost in February when we secured the support of Lt. Governor John Garamendi, who grew up on a ranch near Mokelumne Hill.
In a letter to Rep. Dan Lungren, Garamendi said, “I grew up in Mokelumne Hill along the banks of the river, enjoying the simple pleasures this natural wonder has to offer. As a representative and resident of this area, you can also appreciate the river’s natural beauty and splendor. Today, we have a unique opportunity to preserve this natural treasure for future generations to enjoy.”
Garamendi’s letter pointed out that Wild and Scenic designation does not affect existing water rights, river flows, hydroelectric generation or fire protection practices—or impose new restrictions on private landowners.
“All [the designation] will do is help balance the numerous competing demands on the river and preserve the scenic beauty of this river for future residents of Amador and Calaveras County to enjoy as we do today,” Garamendi wrote.
The lieutenant governor joins nearly a thousand people and organizations who have lent their support to adding the North Fork and main stem Mokelumne River to the National Wild and Scenic River System. Securing the designation would protect more than 37 miles of the Mokelumne from new dams or diversions while allowing continued use of the river for recreation, water supply and hydroelectric power generation.
When combined with the more than 26 miles of the river protected in the Mokelumne Wilderness, the Wild and Scenic designation would create a protected river corridor more than 60 miles long, stretching from just below Highway 4 in Alpine County to Highway 49.
Add your support today
Securing Wild and Scenic designation for the Mokelumne River is one of the most significant things we can do for future generations. It is a lasting gift.
If you haven’t yet added your name to our endorsement list, won’t you please do it today? You can mail in the coupon on the opposite page or easier still, go to our website and fill out a simple form there.
It takes less than a minute of your time today to help protect a river for generations to come.