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Friends of the River

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Friends of the River (FOR) is California's only statewide river conservation organization. FOR protects and restores rivers by influencing public policy, educating the public, and inspiring grassroots citizen action. FOR is nationally recognized as an authority on the adverse impacts of dams on rivers and ecosystems.

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Making up for a Bigger Dam at Los Vaqueros

April 01, 2011 by Aleta George

The Contra Costa Water District is enlarging Los Vaqueros Reservoir, inundating 340 acres of land that was supposed to be permanently protected. To make up for it, they’re going on a land-buying spree.

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Good News for Steelhead from SFPUC

February 10, 2011 by Erica Reder

Things are looking up for the steelhead trout of Alameda Creek. A revised plan to replace the Calaveras Dam includes several features that will benefit the federally threatened fish. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) approved the project on January 27, 2011, ending years of discussion with conservation groups and federal agencies.

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Update: Steelhead on Alameda Creek

January 01, 2006 by Kevin Cutler

2005 “By the Water’s Edge: A Chronicle of Two Creeks” Our January-March 2005 issue highlighted the riparian habitats of the ...

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Reservoirs

July 01, 2003 by Gordy Slack

Lakes aren't a natural feature of the coast range landscape. But since cities need places to store drinking water, we drowned some valleys for reservoirs. While precious creek habitat was lost, these man-made lakes now draw bald eagles and other wildlife, as well as thousands of human visitors for swimming, fishing, boating and other summer pastimes.

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More Dams Coming?

July 01, 2003 by Matthew Bettelheim

Despite their recreational and functional value, most reservoirs come at a cost. To build a reservoir, we must drown a ...

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The Dream Given by You

October 01, 2001 by Jules Evens

The return of endangered coho salmon to their ancestral spawning grounds in this west Marin watershed is an essential component of the connective tissue that holds a fragmented ecosystem together. Greeting the salmon tethers us to the landscape's seasonal rhythms and reawakens a lineage that goes back to the first inhabitants of this place.

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