Mokelumne River ‘Wild and Scenic’ designation backed

By Mike Morris, The Union Democrat

Cheers broke out in a crowded boardroom Tuesday after the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors unanimously voiced support for state Wild and Scenic designation of the Mokelumne River.

The resolution requests the county's representatives in the state Legislature introduce and support legislation to bring about state Wild and Scenic designation.

The board's resolution supports California Wild and Scen

ic designation of the Mokelumne River from Salt Springs Dam, on the North Fork of the Mokelumne River, headed west to the eastern boundary of Pardee Reservoir.

About 20 people, most supporting the designation, spoke before the board. They said it would protect the river while promoting tourism and recreation.

A few opponents said the designation would be shortsighted and could impact potential water projects along the river in the future.

Afterward, each board member explained theirsupport for the designation.

"This gives us an opportunity to protect our natural resource," said Chairwoman Debbie Ponte.

The board's resolution supports California Wild and Scenic designation of the Mokelumne River from Salt Springs Dam, on the North Fork of the Mokelumne River, headed west to the eastern boundary of Pardee Reservoir.

For the full story see today's Union Democrat.

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