Friends of the River’s
2013 Capital River Awards
Wednesday, May 15th 5:30 - 8:30 pm
at the Delta King
1000 Front Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Friends of the River (FOR) is pleased to announce our annual Sacramento event honoring river conservation throughout California. Join us to celebrate the spirit and leadership that keep our rivers and canyons protected.
This year we honor State Senator Lois Wolk and Restore the Delta (RTD) for spearheading efforts to protect the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. For the better part of the last decade, Senator Lois Wolk and RTD have fought to ensure that the sustainability and health of the Delta are central to any plans to address California’s water delivery system. Along with delectable food, terrific wine and beer, this event is a wonderful opportunity to socialize with old and new friends and support ongoing efforts to protect California’s Rivers.
Money raised at this event will support FOR’s river conservation work.
The 2013 awardees:
Restore the Delta (RTD)
Since its inception in 2006 RTD has been at the forefront of the fight to protect the largest estuary on the west coast of the America’s and continues to work tirelessly to make the health of the Delta and the well-being of the Delta communities central to any proposed solution to water delivery issues in California. RTD underwrote the award-winning documentary on the Delta, Over Troubled Waters, which is making the rounds of film festivals across California raising awareness of this critical issue. RTD is a grassroots campaign committed to making the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fishable, swimmable, drinkable, and farmable to benefit all of California.
State Senator Lois Wolk
During her many years of public service, Lois Wolk has earned a reputation as a problem solver by successfully tackling difficult issue areas, including water, the Delta, and flood management. Senator Wolk chairs the Senate Select Committee on Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and she serves on Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee. Senator Wolk is also the Senate’s representative on the Delta Protection Commission, charged with protecting and maintaining the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta’s environmental, agricultural, and recreational values—and is a liaison advisor to the Delta Conservancy Board, tasked with supporting efforts that advance both environmental protection and the economic well-being of Delta residents. While in the Assembly, Lois Wolk authored AB 1328 in 2007-8 that designated 31 miles of Cache Creek in Yolo and Lake Counties as a State Wild, Scenic and Recreational River.
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Friends of the River
Friends of the River: Preserving, Restoring and Sustaining California's Rivers
Friends of the River was founded in 1973 during the struggle to save the Stanislaus River from inundation by the New Melones dam. For 40 years we've been at the forefront of river conservation, successfully winning victories locally while setting national precedents for effective environmental action.
Friends of the River is nationally recognized as an authority on the adverse effects of dams on rivers and ecosystems and as one of the most effective grassroots organization in the country working on behalf of rivers.
Why California's rivers need Friends of the River:
· More than 95% of riverside wildlife habitat and wetlands have been lost to development.
· 69% of native California fish species are extinct, endangered, or in decline.
· 80% of historical salmon and steelhead habitat in the Central Valley have been blocked by dams.
· Migratory birds and waterfowl have decreased from an original 60 million to only 3 million.
· More than 1,400 dams block California's rivers. Only one major river --the Smith-- remains entirely free flowing.
Over the past 40 years, Friends of the River’s successes have included:
· Protecting over 2,100 miles of California rivers as Wild & Scenic including the Kings, Kern, Merced, Klamath, Tuolumne, South Yuba, Sisquoc, Big Sur, East Carson and West Walker rivers, as well as Sespe and Cache Creeks;
· Introducing Federal Wild & Scenic River protection bills for more 300 river-miles on more than a dozen rivers in California Rivers in 2013;
· Blocking the Army Corps of Engineers from requiring river levees under their jurisdiction to be cleared of all woody vegetation – we filed suit under the Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act;
· Defeating (repeatedly) legislation to build an Auburn Dam on the American River which again looks to be coming up in Congress in 2013;
· Increasing flows for fish on the Merced River through the hydropower relicensing system – and opposing the raise of New Exchequer Dam which would allow the reservoir to extend into a Wild & Scenic section of the Merced River and permanently weaken the national Wild & Scenic Rivers Act;
· Preventing dams on Deer Creek, Mill Creek and the McCloud River and damaging hydroelectric projects on the Mokelumne, Kings and Clavey rivers;
· Preserving runs of endangered Coho and Chinook salmon and winter steelhead;
· Training tens-of-thousands of citizens to be effective activists to save their local rivers.
Today, Friends of the River has 3,800 members well-known for their activism, over 150 dedicated river guide and outreach volunteers, 9 volunteer staff members, 5 paid staff members, and a 12-member Board of Directors. Over the years, we've enjoyed the support of some of the world's leading outdoor adventurers and environmentalists like Yvon Chouinard, Royal Robbins, Allen Steck, John Yost and Richard Bangs.
Friends of the River depends on members and donors to support its river and water conservation work. Over half of our annual budget comes from individual supporters.
Won’t you join us?