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Archive for the 'River Conservation and California Water Politics' Category


Reminder: California River Awards Oct 16th

October 12th, 2009 Malina

Come celebrate the successes and grass-roots triumphs of Friends of the River’s 30-year quest to protect California Rivers this weekend in San Francisco on October 16th. Hosted at the Presidio Officer’s Club (ooooh, sounds swanky!  Get out your fancy Chacos and wash your hair!), the event features a talk by Congressman Pete McClosky–who has been […]

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Klamath Dam Removal

October 4th, 2009 Tessa Sibbet

Pacific Corp, the utility that owns the 4 controversial dams on the Klamath River in Northern California, agreed to decommission the dams by 2020. There was an article on Thursday in the Los Angeles Times that highlights the details of the agreement. Although things are moving in the right direction to remove the dams, the […]

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Major News for San Joaquin River!

October 2nd, 2009 Malina

Rivers flow to the sea, right?  As long as people don’t divert them, or use up all the water before they get there, anyway. For 60 years, the San Joaquin River hasn’t made it to the sea–but starting yesterday, that’s going to change.  This is a major development in river restoration and huge second chance […]

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Tuolumne River featured by Ken Burns TONIGHT!

September 29th, 2009 Malina

With this cloudy weather we’re having here in El Dorado county today what sounds better than getting a cozy sweatshirt out of storage and curling up on the couch tonight with Ken Burn’s latest documentary?  Ok Ok I know you aren’t all history nerds like me, but trust me, this one’s gonna fascinate you because […]

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Brew Up Some Love for California Rivers!

August 24th, 2009 Malina

Beer and river lovers unite!  The New Belgium brewing company is putting its money where its mouth and tastebuds are–it has launched a  campaign for water quality and conservation in the West!   They are also allowing people to vote for the recipiant of a $10,000 grant for a water advocacy group–voting ends on Sept 30th […]

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River Activists Take Note: Mokelumne River Meeting

August 10th, 2009 Malina

We recently learned that there are interesting potential developments regarding the proposed expansion of the Pardee Dam on the Mokelumne River; if you’re reading this blog you’re probably a river lover–and a boater of some kind–so you might want to take note! Friends of the River reports that there will be a public meeting on […]

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Mid-July California Rivers Flow Update

July 20th, 2009 Malina

Here we are in the height of the summer California River rafting season and you have lots o’ options choose from–great news, but also part of the mixed feelings we in the industry have about dams.  On the one hand we tend to be conservation minded and are well aware of dams’ many drawbacks ecologically.   […]

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The Last Descent Wins People’s Choice Award

January 29th, 2009 Tessa Sibbet

Local kayakers, filmmakers, and activists, Scott Ligare, Katie Scott, and Charlie Center recently won the People’s Choice Award at the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival in Nevada City, CA. Their film, The Last Descent, aims to “raise public awareness that some of the world’s most beautiful, culturally rich and ecologically significant rivers are threatened […]

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Greening Efforts on and off the Riverbank

December 18th, 2008 Malina

Anyone remotely connected to Pop Culture knows that “going green” has become the buzzword of the moment.  For us, relying on nature for our business like we do, being “green” is way more than a flavor-of-the-moment effort, easily co-opted and just as easily thrown away when the winds of marketing change.  Instead, we have an institutionalized […]

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Upper Klamath Dam Removal

December 8th, 2008 Malina

 The Auburn Dam saga I’ve been writing about recently is just one of many such controversies over dams, water rights, flood control, and conservation issues raging all over the West.  One particulary sticky one involving all the standard issues PLUS farmers, Native Americans, and an important Salmon fishery is the situation on the Upper Klamath […]

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