Friends of the Santa Clara River is a public interest organization formed in 1993. Since our inception, Friends has concentrated on a range of issues involving protection of the entire river in both Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. These efforts have included opposition to many large urban development projects involving intrusion into the river’s floodplain and channelization of the river.
Since the inception of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) in 2014, 265 Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) have formed across the state, with the goal of bringing California’s groundwater basins into sustainability. GSA’s are tasked to develop Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSP) by 2022 that will stop overdraft, balance the levels of recharge, pumping in medium… Continue reading Locally Driven Groundwater Sustainability Agencies Require Balanced Representation To Ensure All Stakeholder Interests Are Adequately Considered in SGMA
It’s official! Our Sisar Creek design proposal to replace a complete fish passage barrier in the Santa Paula Basin has been approved! We’ll be designing for a free span bridge to replace the current low flow crossing and reopening some of the most productive steelhead habitat in all the Santa Clara River watershed. FSCR is completing… Continue reading FSCR Awarded $200,000 From California Department of Fish and Wildlife for Fisheries Habitat Restoration on Sisar Creek
On September 23, 2018, federal Judge David Carter issued a ruling requiring that United Water Conservation District complete evaluation of two design options for improving fish passage at the Freeman Diversion Dam by January 31, 2020. Further, the court ruled that construction of the preferred option be completed within two years. The ruling was made… Continue reading Freeman Diversion Dam Must Improve Steelhead Passage