The Calaveras County Water District’s Board of Directors decided Wednesday not to take a formal stand on whether the Mokelumne River should receive state Wild and Scenic designation.
Following an hour-long discussion on the topic, directors asked that the issue be brought back before the board within a few months.
The move comes two weeks after the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors unanimously voiced support for Wild and Scenic status. Supervisors passed a resolution requesting the county’s representatives in the state Legislature introduce legislation to bring about the designation.
A California Wild and Scenic designation would preserve the river in its “free-flowing state,” meaning “with few exceptions, no dam, reservoir, diversion, or other water impoundment facility may be constructed on any river segment included in the system,” CCWD staff said.
The section of the Mokelumne River eyed for designation is from Salt Springs Reservoir to the upstream boundary of Pardee Reservoir.
For the full story, see the March 13 edition of The Union Democrat.