Foothill Conservancy News Archive
On April 4, Sen. Loni Hancock (D-Oakland) introduced state legislation that if enacted, will designate the Mokelumne a state Wild and Scenic River. We're really excited by this turn of events and looking forward to working with Sen. Hancock and members of the Legislature on this important bill. Click on the news item title above to read the full press release.
We've got a bill! Legislation introduced to designate the Mokelumne a state Wild and Scenic River
This morning the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in favor of a resolution supporting California State Wild and Scenic designation for the Mokelumne River. The 5-0 vote came after an extended comment period requested by District 2 Supervisor Chris Wright, who introduced the resolution.
Unanimous vote "Yes" to save the Moke!
Come see our beautiful new office at 35 Court Street, Suite 1 in Jackson! Our new phone number is 209-223-3508. The office is in the historic Tam House, on the corner of Court and Summit. We have plenty of space for meetings and small gatherings, including an Open House (date to be determined). As always, it's good to call before you come in case we're not in.
We've moved! Come visit our new office
Calaveras High Students want a future that includes a Wild and Scenic Mokelumne. Olivia Borchin, Sierra Stackpole and Samantha Wise presented this message to the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors last week. Growing up with the Mokelumne River in their backyards, the students want the beauty and recreational experiences they have shared with their friends and families on the Moke to continue for all. As Samantha declared: “I hope there will still be a future river to share with my kids.”

Read more about the students' presentation in the Calaveras Enterprise and Calaveras High Students say “Protect our Moke!”

Foothill Conservancy wants to say Thank You to the many volunteers who joined us for our 2013 Mokelumne River Cleanup on October 19. Volunteers removed hundreds of pounds of trash and recyclables from the river along Electra Road and at Big Bar and the North Fork crossing at Highway 26. This year's "weirdest trash" as voted by volunteers? A bobber with a fish still hooked to it!
Thank you to our 2013 Moke cleanup volunteers!
We’re pleased to announce that Cecily Smith has joined our staff as the Foothill Conservancy’s second Executive Director. Cecily brings with her over 10 years’ experience working for environmental nonprofits. She comes to us from the Prairie Rivers Network, Illinois’ only statewide river protection and conservation nonprofit, where she was its Water Resources Specialist. Her program work included reform of Illinois water supply management policies, and reviewing and writing comments on Section 404 dredge and fill permit applications to the Army Corps of Engineers. She also worked toward reform of the Corps’ project processes and management policies on the Upper Mississippi River.
Foothill Conservancy welcomes new Executive Director
On Tuesday, April 24 in Oakland, the East Bay Municipal Utility District Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a revised district Water Supply Management Plan 2040 that drops the controversial expansion of Pardee Reservoir. The expansion would have destroyed at least a mile of the Mokelumne River, including a section eligible for National Wild and Scenic River designation.
On Thursday, March 27, 2012, the East Bay MUD Board of Directors reviewed a revision to the utility's draft 2040 water plan that drops the proposed Pardee Expansion from the plan. This follows on the EBMUD press release issued on December 5, in which EBMUD announced that its updated plan EIR recommended against including a new expanded Pardee reservoir on the Mokelumne River.

Please click on the link above for our full story.

Today, the East Bay MUD Board of Directors voted unanimously not to appeal the decision in our lawsuit challenging their 2040 water plan approval, which included the proposed expansion of Pardee Reservoir.
Thursday, Apr 14 2011
Big victory for the Moke
On Monday, April 11, 2011, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley ruled in favor of the Foothill Conservancy, California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and Friends of the River in our lawsuit challenging the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s 2040 water plan. It's a big win for the Moke! Thanks to everyone who helped. Click on the title to read more.
Big victory for the Moke
The lawsuit we filed against East Bay MUD with Friends of the River and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance is the subject of a front page story in today's San Francisco Chronicle. The lawsuit will be heard in Sacramento on Friday, February 4.
Foothill Conservancy is an active member of the Amador-Calaveras Consensus Group, which recently received the U.S. Forest Service Region 5 Forester's Honor Award for ecological restoration.
Last year East Bay MUD claimed that building a larger dam and reservoir on the Mokelumne wouldn't have serious environmental impacts. But a 2004 EIR for EBMUD's Freeport Project said expanding Pardee would have "significant, unmitigable" impacts on the river.
This article discusses our lawsuit against East Bay MUD and our efforts to secure National Wild and Scenic River designation for the Mokelumne River. It does include one misleading statement: EBMUD's support for Wild and Scenic designation stops 1700 feet upstream of the Highway 49 Bridge, not below the bridge.
Foothill Conservancy is looking forward to stakeholder discussions that may now take place regarding National Wild and Scenic River designation for the Mokelumne River. We are confident that everyone's concerns can be addressed as our community joins together to Save the Moke.
Nearly 250 volunteers removed almost 8,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from the Mokelumne River and Camanche Reservoir in the 2010 Mokelumne River Cleanup on Saturday, September 25. The group included a number of students from Amador and Argonaut High Schools. Volunteers worked at six sites along the river, from Pioneer to Lockeford. Thanks, everyone!
The Amador County Historical Society has completed its first citizen survey intended to identify the 10 most endangered cultural sites in Amador County. The Mokelumne River and its associated sites ranked no. 4.
As a result of a legal action by the East Bay Municipal Utility District, our litigation challenging EBMUD's water plan approval has been moved to Sacramento County. Read our press release for details.
Thursday, Nov 19 2009
Foothill Conservancy sues EBMUD
Faced with no other alternative, the Foothill Conservancy was forced to file a lawsuit to stop the East Bay Municipal Utility District from destroying more of the Mokelumne River. The Conservancy was joined in the suit by the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and Friends of the River.

Please read our Press Release for more information or see the full text of the suit.

Wednesday, Oct 14 2009
East Bay MUD keeps dam in plan
On October 13, the East Bay Municipal Utility District board of directors voted to keep four versions of an expanded Pardee Reservoir in their long-range water plan. Read Foothill Conservancy news release here.

Related stories

Calaveras Enterprise, October 20.
The Record, October 15.
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