North Fork Mokelumne River below Salt Springs
Last summer, Friends of the River
convened an all-day meeting of what is known as the Storage Response Group, a number of river, recreation, fish and water-related nonprofits that includes the Foothill Conservancy. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss how the change in governor might affect state water policy, and to begin to set priorities for the new administration.
In November, more than 50 organizations finalized a 21st century water agenda for incoming Governor Gavin Newsom. Key components of the agenda include the following, as summarized by Friends of the River:
- Re-evaluating plans for the twin Delta tunnels and large dams.
- Setting goals and deadlines to increase water efficiency, achieve sustainable groundwater management, and create multi-benefit natural infrastructure.
- Allocating water more rationally and equitably.
- Creating new standards for protecting waterways and increasing freshwater flows into the San Francisco Bay-Estuary.
- Resisting the Trump Administration.
- Ensuring the human right to water—particularly for California’s most disadvantaged.
You can read the details here. We are grateful to our river and water partners for helping move our state in a more progressive direction on water and river management.