A brave community fought through the 1960s and 1970s to stop the building, then the filling, of New Melones Dam on the Stanislaus River. They failed. Thirty years ago this summer, when the dispute was at its most intense point, a few members of a fledgling river conservation organization knew then (and now) as “Friends of the River” chained themselves to rocks in an attempt to stop the Bureau of Reclamation from raising the reservoir level to where it would drown them and the river they loved. It worked and the filling stopped but only temporarily. Eventually that section of river ceased to exist.
Did we actually lose? To many Stan Campaigners, the answer is yes. But 30 years later clearly through this loss; the environmental community gained more.
Now, 30 years later, FOR is one of the few environmental organizations publicly opposing the bad dam projects (Sites, Temperance Flats and the raising of Shasta Dam) being pushed by Governor Schwarzenegger and his attempt to stick the California taxpayers with the bill through billions in bonds. We’ve read the reports and done the math, and we know these projects don’t make sense and need to be stopped.
With the teachings of the Stan Campaigners behind us, we will continue to oppose and win - with your help.
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