California Natural Resources Agency Recommends Adding Mokelumne River Segments to State’s Wild and Scenic Rivers SystemWritten by Dustin Rocksvold
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lisa Lien-Mager, (916) 653-9402
April 18, 2018
California Natural Resources Agency Recommends Adding Mokelumne River Segments to State’s Wild and Scenic Rivers System
SACRAMENTO – The California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) today released a final report that recommends adding 37 miles of the upper Mokelumne River to the California Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
The report, delivered to the Legislature and Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., recommends adding five Mokelumne River segments to the system due to their extraordinary recreational and scenic resource values. It also recommends special provisions to address local concerns, including protecting existing water rights and allowing future local water development projects if they will avoid adverse impacts to the river segments.
AB 142 (Bigelow) of 2015 directed CNRA to evaluate the suitability of five segments of the upper Mokelumne River’s main stem and North Fork for inclusion in the state system. The segments cover about 37 miles from below Salt Springs Dam to just upstream of the Pardee Reservoir flood surcharge pool near Jackson. CNRA released a draft study report in January 2018, held two public meetings, and received extensive public comment.
The process marks the first time a river has been assessed for addition to the California Wild and Scenic Rivers System since 1994. If approved by the Legislature and signed by the governor, legislation to designate the Mokelumne a California Wild and Scenic River would preserve the segments in their “free-flowing state” and prevent construction of new dams or impoundments on the designated segments. Current water and land uses would continue.
Bob Capron has been doing the Shoshone River fish rescue with the East Yellowstone Chapter of Trout Unlimited out of Cody, Wyoming, for 22 years. TU members and volunteers from the community gather each fall to net native Yellowstone cutthroat and other nonnative cutthroat, as well as brown and rainbow trout. An average of 5,000 to 6,000 fish are saved annually from irrigation ditches in the Bighorn Basin. The fish end up in the ditches and would perish each fall when the canals go dry or freeze. For those wondering, the largest fish to show up was a 29-inch brown. All fish are returned to the section of the Shoshone River where the canal originated.
The Smith River drainage is located south of Great Falls in Meagher and Cascade Counties of west-central Montana. The river drains the Big Belt Mountains on the west, and the Little Belt and Castle Mountains on the east. From the confluence of the North and South forks, the Smith River courses about 120 miles through a broad agricultural valley then into 45 miles of spectacular deep limestone canyon country. After leaving the canyon, the river rolls through a valley edged by rolling hills and comprised of grasslands and cultivated tracts.
Paul Bruchez is a fifth-generation rancher whose family raises cattle in the upper reaches of the Colorado River near Kremmling, Colorado, where he also runs a private fly-fishing guide service.
“A River’s Reckoning” tells the story of Paul’s awakening to the importance of river conservation and the legacy of his family’s ranch when drought and urban water diversions deplete the Colorado River, threatening the ranch’s operations. When Art Bruchez, the family patriarch, is diagnosed with cancer, Paul and his younger brother Doug are forced to step in and take over.
South Fork Kings River Cleanup
When: September 9 9:00 AM til Noon
Where: Meet at the area just north (left when facing it) of the Cedar Grove Store, Cedar Grove/Kings Canyon, CA
River Cleanup Objectives:
Please help us celebrate Spring Summer and Fall by cleaning up over 16 miles of river bank (from Boyden Cavern to Roads End where accessible) so that the river will be healthier and nroe visually pleasing. We select our clean-up dates to follow heavy use holiday weekends.
Inform participants on how we can all be better river stewards by practicing good habits that protect river quality, and habitat for the wild creatures that use the river and riparian corridors. ASssess the appearance of the river using visual 'snapshots' assessments. Bring your cameras to help us 'monitor' the appearace of the river and your fishing equipment too!
Besides the direct benefit of a cleaner river, the South Fork Kings River Cleanup Days provide opportunities for reminding everyone of the value of protecting their water resources.
By working in partnership with other organizations, local, state and federal agencies, and local businesses we can promote public awareness of the important role the South Fork Kings River Plays in our lives. We spend 2 nights/3 days camping, fishing, cleaning and enjoying the area.