Wild & Scenic Mokelumne Update

Foothill Conservancy News Archive
Wednesday, Sept 24 2014
2014 Mokelumne River Cleanup Results
The 2014 Mokelumne River Cleanup was held on Saturday, September 20. Thirty volunteers ranging from 13 to 66 years of age removed 200 lbs. of trash and 120 lbs. of recyclables from three areas along the river. Participants included concerned citizens, members of the Foothill Conservancy, and local high school students.
50 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.
On Thursday, August 14, the Assembly Appropriations Committee failed to release SB 1199 to the Assembly Floor, in effect killing the bill for this legislative session.
Long-time water warriors Jerry Meral and Bill Jennings, who often disagree, join together to support Wild and Scenic River designation for the Mokelumne River. "People who follow California’s water wars may wonder whether experts who disagree on the Bay Delta Conservation Plan ever agree on anything at all. The answer is yes. We agree it’s time to protect 37 miles of the Central Sierra’s Mokelumne River as a state Wild and Scenic River." Read full article.
On Tuesday, July 29, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors re-affirmed their support for Wild and Scenic designation for the Mokelumne and state legislation to bring it about.
On Monday, June 23, the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources passed Senate Bill 1199, which would protect 37 miles of the Mokelumne River with state Wild and Scenic River designation. The final vote was 6-3.
On Thursday, May 29, the state Senate approved SB1199, the Mokelumne Wild and Scenic River bill, on a 22-12 vote. The bill has now moved to the state Assembly, where it will be heard in committee before moving to an Assembly vote.

Please read our press release for more information.

Wild and Scenic River expert Steve Evans explains a little history about SB 1199, the Mokelumne Wild and Scenic bill, as well as why it won't harm Roaring Camp. The full article is on the Amador Ledger Dispatch website, but didn't make the print edition.
On Tuesday, May 13, the East Bay Municipal Utility District board took a position of "oppose unless amended" on SB 1199, the Mokelumne River state Wild and Scenic bill. Read more in this post from Theresa Simsiman of American Whitewater. Theresa attended the meeting and expressed strong support for SB 1199.
SB 1199, which would designated 37 miles of the Mokelumne a state Wild and Scenic River, passed the Senate Natural Resource and Water Committee on a 7-2 vote Tuesday. Students from Calaveras and Argonaut High Schools were among those expressing support for the bill.

Story from Calaveras Enterprise.

Wild and Scenic passes Senate committee
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.

Foothill Conservancy is continuing to work on achieving Wild and Scenic River designation for 37 miles of the Mokelume River. Wild and Scenic River designation ensures no new dams could be built on the 37 mile section of the river Foothill Conservnacy. If you haven’t yet signed our petition supporting Wild and Scenic designation, visit www.save the moke.com.

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
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