Wild & Scenic Mokelumne Update

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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
It's Giving Tuesday
Donate to the Foothill Conservancy today. We're working hard for the Mokelumne River and your local quality of life! Put your tax-deductible donation to work for the land and communities you love.
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.
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