It’s summer—which means we’ll be boating, swimming and waterskiing in Sierra Nevada water, not to mention pouring it into our Klean Kanteens. Which organizations are fighting to make sure it’s pollution-free?
By Whip Villarreal
In the era of President Trump, who is proposing deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget, it’s important to know many local organizations are dedicated to protecting the watersheds in our region, preserving them for both the people and the native species who call the area home.
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than two mil-lion members and supporters. The organization’s successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. Find or join a local chapter at sierraclub.org.
The Water Forum is a group of water purveyors, environmentalists, agriculturalists, business leaders, and city and county governments in Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer counties. Its mission is to secure the future of the Sacramento region’s water supply to the year 2030, conserve municipal and industrial water use, and protect fish and other public trust assets in the lower American River. For more about this group, check out waterforum.org.
Mono lake Committee
The Mono Lake Committee is a nonprofit citizens’ group dedicated to protecting and restoring the Mono Basin ecosystem. Its mission is to educate the public about Mono Lake, including the impacts on the environment from excessive water use. The committee also promotes cooperative solutions that protect Mono Lake and meet real water needs, without transferring environmental problems to other areas. In recent years, committee staff and the organization have supported various local clean-up efforts along streams and highways, wilderness advocacy and wildlife rescues. To get involved, visit monolake.org.
Sierra Nevada Alliance
In 1993, the Sierra Nevada Alliance was founded as a nonprofit organization with the aim to give a platform for Sierra activists at the regional and national level. Its mandates are to educate the public about the Sierra’s environmental problems, provide models and proposals for better ecological management in the Sierra, and help its green partners be more effective in advocating change to protect and rehabilitate the Sierra Nevada. Learn more at sierranevadaalliance.com.