From the TRT, our partner in preserving the Tuolumne River and restoring the forest from Rim Fire damage:
The Tuolumne River needs us today more than ever. The drought is putting tremendous pressure on government agencies to relax protections for water quality and endangered species. We need to make sure our hard-won victories are preserved.
Last fall, 97% of the Rim Fire burned through the Tuolumne River watershed. We need to make sure the Recovery Plan places an equal value on ecosystem restoration as it does on salvage logging. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be released in the next few weeks, and the Tuolumne River Trust (TRT) will be heavily engaged in making sure it’s based on sound science.
Water conservation, efficiency and recycled water are key to balancing the needs of humans with those of other species that depend on the Tuolumne. In the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) service territory, where 2.6 million people depend on the Tuolumne, we have reduced water consumption by 15% over the past seven years. This has created a healthy buffer against the drought, and serves as a good example to others. We must continue to use our precious water more efficiently.
I’m proud to work for the Tuolumne River Trust, which I believe is one of the most effective environmental groups in the region. Our strength comes from people like you! Please help us continue to be as effective as possible by joining me on the river for a day or two of paddling, sponsoring my paddle or volunteering for a riverside event.
TRT Executive Director