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Friends of River prefer ale

In his Jan. 22 letter, a [writer] describes Friends of the River as “crass commercialism.” For the record, we at FOR are not partial to chardonnay, preferring instead pale ales. We surveyed staff and only two of us even know what a cream cheese canape is, much less eaten one.

Although many rafting companies and guides are members of FOR, they represent a small percentage of our thousands of members from all walks of life.

If [the writer’s] disdain is for the powerful elite who sip fine wines and eat fancy finger foods, he would be better served to vent his frustration at the corporate CEOs that dam our rivers for personal profit without input from the affected community; the leaders of industries that pollute our water and force local communities to pay clean up costs; the politicians who allow their corporate funders in extractive industries to destroy America’s wild heritage; or greedy developers bent on pumping ever more water to sprawling, poorly planned developments.

Friends of the River has been a voice for California rivers for over 30 years. We believe that all Californians are entitled to clean water and access to the recreational opportunities afforded by healthy rivers.

S. Craig Tucker, PhD

Outreach Director

Friends of the River

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