Wild & Scenic Mokelumne Update

Foothill Conservancy News Archive
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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It's Giving Tuesday
Wednesday, Sept 24 2014
2014 Mokelumne River Cleanup Results
The Mokelumne River is cleaner thanks to the efforts of volunteers at Foothill Conservancy’s annual Mokelumne River Cleanup, held September 20. Volunteers collected more than 300 pounds of trash and recyclables at sites on Electra Road, Big Bar, and upcountry at the North Fork crossing at Highway 26.
2014 Mokelumne River Cleanup Results
Foothill Conservancy wants to say "Thank You" to the many volunteers who turned out for our 2014 Mokelumne River Cleanup on September 20. Volunteers removed hundreds of pounds of trash and recyclables from the river along Electra Road at Big Bar and upcountry at the North Fork crossing at Highway 26. This year's "weirdest trash" as voted by volunteers? A whole coconut with black and white sesame seeds and some exotic seeds (maybe chia) wrapped up in a cloth!
Thank you to our 2014 Moke cleanup volunteers!
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
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