Wild & Scenic Mokelumne Update

Foothill Conservancy News Archive
EBMUD is currently advertising for Manager of Watershed and Recreation for the Mokelumne Division in Valley Springs, CA. The position manages and oversees ~20 employees, ~ 29,000 acres of land, 4 recreation areas, a trail system, and grazing program. The primary focus is managing to protect and enhance water quality in our 2 upcountry reservoirs.
Foothill Conservancy welcomes three new board directors, Marina Brand, Amanda Bohl and MaryAnn Kelley. The three new directors were elected and one incumbent, Caryl Callsen, was re-elected to the Foothill Conservancy Board of Directors at the Foothill Conservancy's annual membership meeting on Sunday, August 9.
Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, our office is mostly closed and our staff are staying safe by working at home. They've done a wonderful job of adjusting to this unusual situation, and we greatly appreciate their flexibility. We are checking our voice mail, so while we will not be in the office to take your call, we will get back to you. You can also contact us by e-mail. Take care, be safe, and stay well!
On Saturday, June 29, nearly 150 guests gathered on the beautiful courtyard of Karmère Vineyards & Winery outside Plymouth for the Foothill Conservancy??™s 19th annual dinner ...
19th Annual Dinner a great success
Record numbers of salmon and steelhead have returned to the Mokelumne River Fish Hatchery in recent years, but the outlook is even brighter with the release of a study that shows the possibility of the reintroduction of the iconic salmonid species in a 13.7 mile stretch of the Mokelumne above Lake Pardee ...
Will salmon and steehead once again spawn in the Mokelumne above Pardee?
Twelve-year-old Andrew Buecher worked with 26 volunteers on Saturday picking up trash along a 3.5-mile section of the Mokelumne River and came away with the most unusual find. Volunteers removed 465 pounds of trash and recyclables from the river along Electra Road and at Big Bar...
Volunteers Collect 465 lbs. of Trash from the Moke
Foothill Conservancy would like to thank all of the volunteers who turned out for our 2018 Mokelumne River Cleanup on September 15. Volunteers removed 465 pounds of trash and recyclables from the river along Electra Road and at Big Bar.
2018 River Cleanup Results and Thank You
The 1,200-foot gray granite face of Calaveras Dome looms high above the upper reaches of North Fork Mokelumne River downstream from Salt Springs Dam, across from another glacier-polished rock face called Hammer Dome.

The massive, mute stone gatekeepers are at the high, east end of a 37-mile stretch of the North Fork Mokelumne and the main stem Mokelumne River that are now designated wild and scenic by the state of California.

Link to full story with images.

Thirty-seven miles of the North Fork and main stem of the Mokelumne River running through Amador and Calaveras counties became California??™s 15th California Wild and Scenic River on June 27, 2018, when Governor Edmund G. Brown signed SB 854. The legislation was passed by the State Assembly and Senate on Thursday, June 14. The designation bars new dams on the five designated reaches.
Mokelumne becomes California's 15th state Wild and Scenic River
California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) recommends adding Mokelumne River segments to California Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
State Natural Resources Agency recommends Wild & Scenic designation for the Mokelumne River
Friday, Mar 30 2018
Amador General Plan Agreement
Foothill Conservancy and Amador County reach agreement in general plan dispute The County of Amador and the Foothill Conservancy took a significant step to advance protection of the scenic beauty, community character, agricultural lands and wildlife local residents cherish. The parties have approved a settlement agreement to resolve the Conservancy??™s November 2016 lawsuit challenging the County's approval of its new general plan.
Amador General Plan Agreement
The new state study that recommends including 37 miles of the Mokelumne River in the California Wild and Scenic Rivers System is the subject of a feature story in the East Bay Monthly.
"Finally, Protection for the Moke"
On February 15, about 100 people gathered in Mokelumne Hill for the California Natural Resources Agency's public hearing on the draft Mokelumne Wild and Scenic study. You can view a video of the presentations and comments here.
Conservation, fish and recreation groups applaud draft Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic Study Report

Local, statewide and national conservation, fish and recreation organizations are applauding the release of the California Natural Resources Agency??™s draft Mokelumne River Wild and Scenic Study Report, which recommends adding 37 miles of the Mokelumne River to the California Wild and Scenic River System. The report was mandated by the 2015 passage of Assembly Bill 142 (Bigelow, R-O??™Neals).

State study recommends Wild and Scenic designation for Mokelumne River
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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