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50 Years of River Protection
March 18 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the passage of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the landmark law that has protected nearly 2,000 miles of rivers and streams in California. Steve Evans, the Wild Rivers Director for the California Wilderness Coalition, has spent decades working to protect the state’s waterways. He will present a historical overview of both the state and federal wild and scenic rivers systems and how they protect free flowing streams and endangered fish and wildlife throughout the state. He will also explore the opportunities in 2019 for river protection in Congress and with federal agencies despite the anti-environmental policies of the Trump Administration. In addition, Evans will discuss current threats to rivers, including the proposed raise of Shasta Dam on the McCloud River and the proposed Sites Offstream Storage Reservoir, which will divert significant amount of water from the Sacramento River. His presentation includes more than 30 high quality pictures of existing a proposed wild and scenic rivers throughout California.
Born and raised in southern California, Steve Evans has lived in northern California for more than 40 years and was the former General Manager of the Butte Environmental Council in Chico (1984-1988) and the former Conservation Director of Friends of the River in Sacramento (1988-2011).