Why no protection for river? | TheUnion.com

Why no protection for river?

Well, sports fans, the local enviros are asleep at the wheel.

Sen. Barbara Boxer has introduced her California Wild Heritage Wilderness Act of 2002. Guess what? The South Yuba River is not and was not considered for protection under the Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Is this another lost opportunity? I do not think so. For those who really believe that the South Yuba needs federal protection, write Sen. Barbara Boxer at either her Washington D.C. address – 112 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510- or call (202) 224-3553. Her Sacramento office is at 501 L Street Suite 7-600, Sacramento,CA 95814 (916) 448-2787. Or log on to her Web site @ http://www.senate.gov/~boxer. You can e-mail her that way.

If she gets enough letters, calls, e-mail, etc., she could add the South Yuba to any bill as a rider, and give it the federal protection that it should have.

Remember, Friends of the River, California Wild Heritage Campaign, and SYRCL must feel that it does not need it. Wrong. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could still have a dam built on the South Yuba. State status does not protect it from them!

Russ Andris


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