Wild & Scenic Mokelumne Update

Foothill Conservancy News Archive
California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) recommends adding Mokelumne River segments to California Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
State Natural Resources Agency recommends Wild & Scenic designation for the Mokelumne River
Friday, Mar 30 2018
Amador General Plan Agreement
Foothill Conservancy and Amador County reach agreement in general plan dispute The County of Amador and the Foothill Conservancy took a significant step to advance protection of the scenic beauty, community character, agricultural lands and wildlife local residents cherish. The parties have approved a settlement agreement to resolve the Conservancy’s November 2016 lawsuit challenging the County's approval of its new general plan.
Amador General Plan Agreement
The new state study that recommends including 37 miles of the Mokelumne River in the California Wild and Scenic Rivers System is the subject of a feature story in the East Bay Monthly.
"Finally, Protection for the Moke"
On February 15, about 100 people gathered in Mokelumne Hill for the California Natural Resources Agency's public hearing on the draft Mokelumne Wild and Scenic study. You can view a video of the presentations and comments here.
Conservation, fish and recreation groups applaud draft Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic Study Report

Local, statewide and national conservation, fish and recreation organizations are applauding the release of the California Natural Resources Agency’s draft Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic Study Report, which recommends adding 37 miles of the Mokelumne River to the California Wild and Scenic River System. The report was mandated by the 2015 passage of Assembly Bill 142 (Bigelow, R-O’Neals).

State study recommends Wild and Scenic designation for Mokelumne River
We are pleased to welcome Amanda C. Nelson as the Foothill Conservancy's new executive director. Amanda joins us after a 25-year career working for and with nonprofit organizations. Read more about her in the Amador Community News.
Foothill Conservancy welcomes new Executive Director Amanda C. Nelson
As 2016 draws to a close, many of us find ourselves looking back at the year and contemplating the year to come. The days are short, the nights long, and as the winter solstice draws near, we look for the light to return to our planet and our lives. It’s a season of reflection, love, giving, remembrance and hope.
A Solstice remembrance of George Wendt, one of the great river defenders of our time
The Foothill Conservancy has worked for restoration and protection of the Mokelumne River and its watershed since 1989. On November 3, 2016, that work took a great blast forward with the long-awaited removal of East Panther Creek Dam in Amador County east of Pioneer, as Copperopolis contractor California Drilling and Blasting dynamited the main body of the dam. View the video on YouTube.
Long-awaited removal of East Panther Creek Dam completed by Foothill Conservancy and local contractors
On Thursday, November 3, Foothill Conservancy filed a lawsuit in Amador County Superior Court challenging the County of Amador’s new general plan and related environmental impact report. The Conservancy’s petition for writ of mandate asks the court to set aside the general plan and EIR, and revise the EIR to correct identified errors and inadequacies. The attorney representing the Conservancy in this matter is Michael W. Graf, who won a Conservancy lawsuit that stopped the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s plan to flood the most-popular local sections of the Mokelumne River.

“We are truly disappointed that after a 10-year process, the county approved a general plan that fails to protect everything that makes Amador County a special place to live, work, retire and visit,” said Foothill Conservancy Executive Director Cecily Smith.

Wednesday, Sept 21 2016
2016 River Cleanup Thank You
Foothill Conservancy would like to thank all of the volunteers who turned out for our 2016 Mokelumne River Cleanup on September 17. Volunteers removed hundreds of pounds of trash and recyclables from the river along Electra Road and at Big Bar and upcountry at the North Fork crossing at Highway 26.
On July 15, the Amador Ledger Dispatch published a guest commentary on the Amador County General Plan update. It points out the flaws in the plan and that better options exist. Read the full commentary here. For more on the general plan update, see our related issues page.
At its quarterly board meeting July 5, the Foothill Conservancy board of directors discussed the current controversy over the Amador Water Agency proposal to place a small-diameter pipeline in the Amador Canal.

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This morning, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 142 (Bigelow), the Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic study bill. The bill was broadly supported by conservation groups, water agencies, foothill counties and others. Read more about it here.
On Thursday, September 10, a final, 74-1 vote in the California Assembly passed AB 142, the Mokelumne Wild and Scenic River study bill introduced by Assemblyman Bigelow early this year. The vote followed a 38-0 vote by the state Senate on September 9. The bill now proceeds to the governor's desk for signature or veto.
AB 142 passed the Assembly yesterday on a 71-3 vote. Introduced by Assemblymember Frank Bigelow (O'Neals) the bill would require a study to determine the Mokelumne River's eligibility for California Wild and Scenic River designation.
On Monday, March 23, Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O'Neals) accepted Assembly Natural Resources Committee amendments to his Mokelumne Wild and Scenic study bill, AB 142. River advocates support the bill moving forward with the amendments.
Calaveras County's Buzz Eggleston calls for protection of the Mokelumne River with Wild and Scenic designation in this wonderful column in the Calaveras Enterprise.
River Reflections boasts diversity in artworks from performance, paintings, photography, sculpture, jewelry and ceramics to literary art. This unique exhibit will travel to three locations between January and March. After its stay in Oakland, the exhibition flows upstream back to Mokelumne Hill in March before its final event at Pardee Reservoir in May.
River Reflections is a landmark arts endeavor created by AmadorArts. The unique exhibit will travel to three locations during the next three months, but the kick-off event will be in Sutter Creek in Amador County at the Hotel Sutter. The opening reception will be on Saturday, January 10, from 2 to 5 pm.
Major art exhibition on Mokelumne River to open in Sutter Creek
Tuesday, Dec 2 2014
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